KwaNobuhle Youth discuss a need for commonage land - for farming

2015-06-10 06:01

KHANYISA Education and Development Trust, a Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) under the Makukhanye Rural People’s Movement which promotes rural development held a Youth Community Dialogue at the Love-Life Youth Centre, KwaNobuhle in Uitenhage last Friday.

The dialogue, attended by Khanyisa Education and Development Trust members, Amadodana Okwenene, Love-Life representatives and other Makukhanye affiliates was aimed at discussing pertinent issues around commonage - a legislated framework on the right to pasture animals on common land, according to Khanyisa Movement Building and Youth Coordinator, Meluxolo Mbali.

Mbali said, “The main purpose of this event was to deepen understanding about commonage land and raise awareness about seriousness of the issue.”

According to Mbali, unlike popular belief, some people from KwaNobuhle township still held farming up high, and that involved young people.

“Failure of the South African government to recognise the seriousness of many black people in farming proven by the fact that there was no commonage land prepared for the poor in the area was discussed,” said Mbali, adding that they took a decision to elect a Land Coordination Committee whose duty would be, among others, coordinate issues around commonage in the area of KwaNobuhle, like it was the case in the areas like the Sundays River Valley and Kouga Local Municipalities, for instance.

“We expect those who attended the dialogue to report back to their constituencies and work hard to ensure the success and sustainability of the commonage committee,” said Mbali

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