Rural development

Govt’s Move to Speed Up Land Reform in SA

News24, 19 March 2007. 

In a bid to speed up land reform in South Africa, the Department of Land Affairs (DLA) could effect new legislation aimed at giving the state first option to buy properties that are up for sale. 

The move has been announced by the DLA's Glenn Thomas, during his address to the parliamentary portfolio committee on land affairs on the current legislation providing for certain land for settlement and possible changes to it. 

Biowatch SA: New Study Shows Flaws in GM Crop Safety Claims

Friday, 16 March 2007

For the first time, a genetically modified (GM) product cleared as safe food for humans and animals has shown signs of toxic effects in internal organs, according to a study published in a scientific peer-review journal this week.

The study, by Greenpeace International and an independent group of scientists, analyses safety test data submitted by Monsanto when the company was seeking authorisation to market its GM maize variety MON863 in the European Union.

Connect Africa Rolls out Services in Limpopo

SANGONeT, 5 February 2007. 

Connect Africa has been awarded a grant by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to rollout ICT services to poor communities in rural Limpopo.

The grant, which has been facilitated by the Southern Africa Aids Trust, was approved by the Bank last November and it will be used for engaging government departments on a project to assist in the delivery of their services in that province.

SAHRC to Provide Parliamentary Briefing on Evicted Farm Workers

Participation Junction, 31 January 2007.

The South African Human Rights Commission will provide a briefing to the Select Committee on Land and Environmental Affairs about the eviction of farm workers, on 28 February 2007.

For more information, please consult the recently updated Parliamentary Programme on the Participation Junction website.

SA Land Reform Programme Under Scrutiny at WSF

The Star, 24 January 2007.

A Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform has been launched at the World Social Forum (WSF) in response to the controversial land reform programmes adopted in South Africa (SA) and Zimbabwe.

Civil society activists gathered at the WSF have criticised the land reform policies adopted by the SA government, saying that they result in many poor people  being denied access to livelihoods. They argued that more radical reforms are necessary.

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