Nkuzi is a non-profit section 21 company (97 20743/08) providing a range of support services to historically-disadvantaged communities wishing to improve their rights and access to land.
Nkuzi started operating early in 1997 and now has 10 full time staff working throughout the Limpopo Province, northern parts of Mpumalanga Province and with farm residents in Gauteng Province.
Land for livelihoods is owned, and effectively utilized by previously landless and marginalized people.
Nkuzi advocates for, facilitates and supports disadvantaged people claiming their rights to sufficient land, secure tenure, food security, basic services and strategy
Landless People are empowered to drive land reform process which shifts power relations so that the poor, rural and landless access and utilize land equitably and effectively
Farm residents worked with are informed of their land and related rights and are assisted to exercise those rights.
An improved level of debate among key stakeholders on pro-poor agrarian reform strategies and their implementation
Quality legal and paralegal support are available to enable the poor and landless people to exercise their land and other human rights
Nkuzi has sufficient resources, effectively managed and implement proper monitoring mechanism.
- Farm Dweller Programme
- Land Acquisition Support
- Community organizing
- Documentation, research and verification of land claims
- Initiate discussions on settlement options
- Legal entity establishment
- Post Settlement Support and Livelihoods
- Support to emerging and subsistence farmers
- Support to communities affected by mining and youth organization- Extractives
- Linkages with markets, service authorities and financial institutions
- Legal Support ( land reform beneficiaries, farm dweller and landless people);
- Promotion of Children and Women’s rights; and
- Organisation development and financial management
- Performance Management
- Donor/Funder liaison
- Institutional systems, policies and procedures
Land Reform Implementation programme has small projects such as Strengthening Local Land rights, Community Organizing and Training as well as Sustainable Livelihoods Promotion and Support. Research and Policy has a sub project Area Land Reform Initiative which is exploring new ways of addressing landlessness in the countr
Nkuzi believes in building on peoples existing skills and experience, and improving on them through sharing and exposing people to different approache
Nkuzi does not see itself as providing expertise in all areas, but rather facilitating contacts with resource people and organizations as required by communities. Facilitate exchange programs between communities facing similar situations in order to directly share experiences and solutions to problems.
In rendering services Nkuzi’s approach is to give advice and support to land reform projects and farm residents; dissemination of information regarding land rights and land reform issues; organizing training and ongoing education to build capacity within land reform projects; carrying out research and advocacy work related to land reform policy issues; providing legal services where needed; and providing land use and agricultural advice and support that is environmentally sensitive to those who receive the lan
Nkuzi’s Organisational structure
The Board of Directors is the highest decision making body of Nkuzi. The Executive Director forms a second layer of decision making and work closely with the Programme Managers for each programme area. The Executive Director and Programme Managers constitute the management of Nkuzi.
The layer that interacts with our target group on a daily basis is the Project Officers, Professional Assistants and Administrative staff. Nkuzi also work with volunteers or Interns who are graduates from university seeking exposure in rural development work
Nkuzi’s staff compliment comprises 10 members of which 5 are women and 5 are men. The employees have attained qualifications different fields, namely; development studies, community facilitation, financial management and office management. Combined, the staff compliment possess facilitation skills, financial management, negotiations, conflict management, organising, research report writing, amongst others.