How South Africa’s rural communities are getting a raw deal from mining

    Some of the most profitable South African mines are situated in the areas of the country that are home to traditional communities and are governed in terms of customary law. Many of these developments have led to the destruction of the natural environment. And mining activities have also disrupted local ways of life. For example, residential homes have been destroyed. In others, violence has erupted within communities leading to the deaths of people opposed to mining. On top of this communities rarely benefit from mining. Instead, they’re exposed to pollution and health risks as well as disruptions…

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Land reform not driving farm sales

Farms that are being put on the market in South Africa have more to do with financial challenges and the impact of droughts, rather than fear around land expropriation without compensation. That’s the view of agricultural economist Johann Bornman, who says statistics show a decline in the number of farm properties sold in the country last year. New mortgages granted for farms have also declined. Other agricultural economists shared similar views when questioned by Moneyweb this week on farm sales trends. Bornman, founder of Agri Development Solutions, says the number…

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