Land is at the Heart of our Struggle
Yes I have to be bold and proud to be a South African. But I’m not proud because our lovely country belongs to the wrong hands. Our struggle began with the question of land and land remains at the centre of our struggle today.
In the old days the people in this country were so united. Even those who were not interested in politics they ended up in politics. This unity came from the fact that they were crying for the land of their forefathers that had been confiscated by those who thought the land was supposed to be under their authority. The people's land had been stolen, fenced and sold.
Interview with S'bu Zikode on Against the Grain KPFA 94.1 FM
Click here to listen to this interview in MP3.
Foreclosures and tent cities have become commonplace in the U.S. and those without domicile are often left to find individual solutions to their plight. In South Africa, the poor and the homeless have mobilized themselves and are fighting back. S'bu Zikode, the head of shack dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo, discusses how that organization was formed and the obstacles it faces, including violent attacks by the police and those in power.
Click here to read this speech in German.
Monday, 11 October 2010
Presentation by S'bu Zikode to the Development Action Group National Conference entitled ‘Re-imagining the City: A New Urban Order’
Land is a Political Question
It is very nice to re-imagine the city. We can all start to imagine cities with good housing for everyone and then we can imagine affordable public transport and safe streets with beautiful trees, cool shady parks and welcoming schools, clinics, libraries and sports clubs. We can imagine and imagine cities where everyone’s humanity is respected and where everyone counts. It is very nice to imagine a city where no one has to live like a pig in the mud, where everyone is safe from fires, abuse, police raids, disconnections, evictions and political attacks.
Rietvlei Community Protest March Against Violations of Land and Human Rights of the Masikane Family by Local Farmer and PoliceSubmitted by Abahlali_3 on Mon, 2009-03-23 10:14. land | protest | Reitvlei | rietvlei | Rural Network | Rural Network
Rural Network Press Release
RIETVLEI COMMUNITY PROTEST MARCH AGAINST VIOLATIONS OF LAND AND HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE MASIKANE FAMILY BY LOCAL FARMER AND POLICE
Abahlali baseMjondolo & the Rural Network at the Reitvlei Protest - 21 March 2009
On March 21, 2009 the Human Rights Day, we the community of Rietvlei (black and white) and the Masikane family will march on our streets to protest against the:
1. Eviction of the Masikane family by a local farmer
2. Flagrant biasness of the Rietvlei Police Station against the Masikane family
Landless frustrated with Land Reform
by Thamsanqa Magubane
THE Department of Rural Development and Land Reform came under heavy criticism yesterday as frustrated landless people laid the blame for their plight on its inability to settle land disputes.
A large group of members of the Abahlali Basemjondolo, the Landless People’s Movement and the Rural Network marched to the department’s offices to hand over a memorandum of their grievances.
Wednesday 20 June 2012
The Traditional Courts Bill
There's a widespread expectation that CLP, being an NGO, should 'engage' government policy a lot. Regular readers of CLP's Padkos will not be surprised that we tend to ignore this instruction. It's not as if we think policy “doesn't matter” and nor do we “ignore the government” (both of these being recurrent accusations from civil society). As we put it in a statement last year clarifying our position on 'the land question' (full version attached): “good government policy is better than bad policy, but the policy terrain and process itself reinforces:
Super rich lash out on open land
Aug 1, 2010 12:00 AM | By Simpiwe Piliso
South Africa's super rich spurned private jets, yachts and luxury cars last year, and instead splurged on farms and undeveloped land to boost their investment portfolios.
The 14th annual 2010 World Wealth Report, released last month, said SA's dollar millionaires, worth more than R7.6-million in cash and investments, invested heavily in real estate last year.
South Africa and the World Development Report: Urbanisation or Balanced Growth?
Date posted: 24 July 2009
View this article online here: http://sacsis.org.za/site/article/322.1
The World Bank’s recently released 2009 World Development Report - titled Reshaping Economic Geography - suggests South Africa may be out of step with mainstream thinking on economic development approaches. But what is this ‘mainstream’ thinking, and is South Africa really so out of step with it? In the report, the Bank argues that successful development will result from increasing economic concentration in urban areas, and that the role of the state is to enable urbanisation and the integration of their economies with ‘world markets’.
Where To For Rural Development After Polokwane?
Rural development was identified as one of the top five priorities for the next five years at the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) Conference in Polokwane in December 2007. This will be translated into the ANC’s 2009 election manifesto to be launched in January. But will this lead to practical changes in the ANC’s approach to rural areas since 1994?