OPINION | Expropriation: a bad turn for land reform, dire turn for the country

2020-01-27 14:00

The courts may retain some ability to review executive decisions on compensation, but not to enforce an alternative. There is much here that is reminiscent of the Expropriation Bill of 2008, which similarly sought to limit the role of the courts, writes Terence Corrigan.

City of Cape Town refuses to say how many shacks were demolished at the weekend

2020-01-21 08:23

The City of Cape Town has refused to say how many shacks were demolished in Zweledinga informal settlement in Khayelitsha at the weekend.

Government plans a new website where farmers can donate land

2020-01-07 06:51

A new draft policy envisions that all property allocations be managed by a panel of experts.

Helen Zille riles up Twitter again, this time for sharing cartoon on land and race generalisations

2019-12-30 13:14

DA federal council chairperson Helen Zille has once again caused a stir on Twitter – this time for posting a cartoon about land, rape and race generalisations.

Reprieve for 76 families facing second eviction from Stellenbosch farm

2019-12-12 11:38

The hearing on the eviction of 76 families from a state-owned farm outside Stellenbosch has been postponed by the Western Cape High Court at the request of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development.

Expropriation without compensation: Have your say on the draft bill

2019-12-07 16:25

Written submissions have opened on the draft bill to amend Section 25 of the Constitution, which deals with expropriation of land without compensation.

Sea Point land battle: Decision on disputed R135m property expected in 2020

2019-11-30 11:19

The long-awaited Tafelberg case has ended after five days of arguments in the Western Cape High Court.

'You can't blindside us this way': Sea Point social housing property dispute gets technnical

2019-11-28 20:50

The battle over the processes that led to the Tafelberg site in Sea Point being sold to a day school instead of being used for inner social housing continues.

Sea Point land sale challenge dissects right to housing

2019-11-28 07:01

The constitutional right to housing does not mean people can choose exactly where the house is or what type of house it is, the Western Cape High Court heard on Wednesday.

Why didn't they pick up the phone? - Judge in Sea Point social housing dispute

2019-11-27 17:19

Judge perplexed over apparent lack of communication between government departments over sale of R135m Sea Point plot to private buyer.

 

There is a tombstone in my classroom! KwaZulu-Natal pupils to be relocated due to land dispute

2020-01-22 10:46

Pupils at Mthwane High School in Umzimkhulu, in the south of KwaZulu-Natal, are to be relocated to a temporary facility after a tombstone was erected inside a classroom.

Land expropriation: Deadline for written submissions on constitutional amendment looms

2020-01-15 07:57

The deadline is fast approaching for written submissions on the draft bill to amend Section 25 of the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation.

5 things to watch out for in Parliament in 2020

2020-01-05 10:00

Another turbulent year is expected for Parliament. Here are five of the issues the national legislature will grapple with this year.

SA may revisit land and agrarian policy due to climate change

2019-12-19 20:17

The challenges of climate change "may merit the development of a new agrarian reform vision" for South Africa, Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza has said.

Namibia vows to change 'status-quo' of white-farm ownership

2019-12-08 14:26

Farmers wishing to sell their business must first offer it to the state, which parcels it into smaller plots and redistributes to 'previously disadvantaged Namibians' - but President Hage Geingob has been prompted to call for a more muscular approach.

Expropriation without compensation: Committee discusses draft bill to amend Section 25

2019-12-03 22:08

MPs are considering including the specific circumstances under which land can be expropriated without compensation in the amendment to Section 25 of the Constitution.

Ramaphosa signs contentious Traditional and Khoi San Leadership Bill into law

2019-11-29 19:07

President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the contentious Traditional and Khoi San Leadership Bill into law, amid warnings by some civil society groups that the law "enables dispossession without consent".

Sea Point land sale: School will have affordable housing units for staff - court hears

2019-11-28 16:12

The Phyllis Jowell Jewish Day School plans to include 44 affordable housing units for staff who will work at the school, the Western Cape High Court heard in a challenge by housing activists who want the entire site to be turned into social housing.

Foreign investors may challenge expropriation of their land, MPs hear

2019-11-27 22:06

A foreign investor whose land is expropriated can challenge government policy with international arbitrators of the investment was made under a bilateral investment treaty with South Africa.

Sea Point land sale challenge hears about daily grind of pupils travelling long distances for better education

2019-11-26 21:03

The daily grind of children who travel to Cape Town CBD every day for a better education came under the spotlight in a case questioning whether a Sea Point property should be used for social housing and apartheid spatial planning redress.

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