Challenging unequal distribution of land and mineral wealth:  Key focus areas

  • Advocating for an introduction of new policy instruments for the distribution of mineral wealth with municipalities and communities that are affected by mines.
  • Engaging the government to fast track the process of reversing inequalities and injustices in land ownership.  This should include addressing following challenges in land reforms:   the huge backlogs in restitution claims,  security of tenure for farm dwellers,  post-settlement support for beneficiaries of land redistribution programs,  review of willing buyer and willing seller policy,  reduction in budget allocations to land reforms and agriculture.
  • Advocating for a review of policies that allow corporate control of the national food system

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“The current colonial model for distributing mineral wealth to mining communities is unfair and ineffective.  Some of the poorest people in the world live in communities close to mining operations.   We therefore engage the government to introduce new instruments through which mineral wealth can be equitably shared with the poor.”

“The transition to democracy and a progressive constitution did not deal with the distribution of power and wealth. So despite being a resource-rich, middle-income developing country, 11 million South Africans live in absolute poverty and more than 18 million on less than US$2 a day.  The gap between the rich and the poor keeps getting wider.”