Action 24 SGF Nkuzi

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The Project seeks to address the non involvement of local communities in land development decision-making processes. The communities in Mokopane, Mogalakwena Local Municipality, have been left out in processes to alienate land for mining investments. In the main, traditional leaders are consulted and approve developments without the communities being aware nor have consented. When communities, especially local formations, ask how the development came about, they are often threatened with police and perceived as trouble-makers and unlawful.

The legislators, on the other hand, do not see the need to include mining affected communities in law making and/ or decision-making processes.

The land development initiatives in the area often result in land, water and environmental rights of the local communities, women and individuals being threatened or taken away, thereby compromising their livelihoods. Women and youth tend to be at the receiving end. If nothing is done to empower them for active participation in decision-making processes, their dignity and socio-economic rights will remain rhetoric.

Objectives

The mining affected communities in Mokopane assert their rights on land based investments happening in their areas.

  • Improved participation of women and youth in land-based development decisions
  • Improved engagement between mining affected communities and Limpopo Provincial Legislature
  • Legislators and other authorities respect the communities’ right to say “no”
  • Strengthening of a rural movement which is able to claim its stake in legislative and oversight processes

Activities (March – October 2019)

  • 2 (two) awareness raising workshops with 60 members of mining affected communities, especially women and youth.
  • 2 (two) capacity building training sessions on engagement processes with Parliament and/ or the Provincial Legislatures.
  • Dialogue on environmental justice: facilitation of a one-day dialogue event between mining affected communities and the legislators.
  • Support engagements with Parliament and/ or the Limpopo Provincial Legislature: provide administrative and logistical support towards community petitions, submissions and other initiatives to engage the Legislative institutions.
  • Share project information with local media (radio stations, newspapers).

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Nkuzi Development Association is a non-profit organisation established in 1997 to support sustainable and integrated rural development in peri-urban and rural communities, transform the agricultural sector and overcome poverty.
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