Community Support Programme
To support communities in their initiatives to exercise their land rights,
access land and use that land to improve their livelihoods.
As the Community Support Programme is Nkuzi ‘s largest area of work it is divided into three sub programmes.
Supporting Land Reform Implementation (Restitution and Redistribution)
Prioritised communities have done everything necessary in order to gain land through the government land reform programme and where necessary are developing there own initiatives to ensure that they get land. This objective will be achieved with ten land claimant groups and three redistribution projects. A further five projects will be worked with and have made significant progress towards this objective.
- Conduct advanced community, deeds and archival research on claims
- Identify and train claimant/beneficiary verification form fillers
- Run workshops on legal entities, draft constitutions, facilitate elections of committees
- Consolidate CPA or Trust documents and submit to PDLA or the High Court for registration
- Liaise with CRLR, DLA and other stakeholders
- Convene meetings with stakeholders and support communities during negotiations
- Refer cases to Legal Unit for legal assistance when the need arises
- Compile and submit to the relevant authorities comprehensive documentation on each claim or redistribution project
- Support communities in creating development and settlement strategies for land they acquire
- Identify and involve other service providers that can assist the projects to be a success
- Ensure that each community participates in training to assist in the effective running of the project
Farm resident Support Programme
Farm residents worked with are informed of their rights and assisted in exercising those rights in particular eviction of farm residents are prevented or equitable alternatives are provided.
This programme will be implemented in the Limpopo Province and Gauteng and will deal with at least eighty cases in each province
- Inform farm residents of their rights and responsibilities in terms of the constitution and relevant legislation (ie; Extension of Security of Tenure Act, Land Reform Labour Tenants Act, Interim Protection of Informal Land Rights Act, Prevention of Illegal Eviction and Occupation of Land Act, Basic Conditions of Employment Act, and the Labour Relations Act) and the role of Nkuzi
- Gather information from clients and farm owners
- Inform owners about the rights of residents and workers
- Initiate and facilitate negotiations and conflict resolution with land owners and support farm residents in negotiations. Where possible facilitate settlements through agreements
- Assist in laying criminal charges, bringing civil claims for damages and taking labour matters to the CCMA and support workers in court and CCMA processes.
- Arrange legal assistance where required and support residents during legal procedures
- Look for assistance to meet immediate needs e.g healthcare, food and shelter
- Liaise with relevant government departments, local governments and other potential service providers
- Monitor the progress of cases and continue to give feed back to the clients on new developments
- Identify issues specifically affecting women
- Identify and take up issues of health and safety for women and children
- Publicise cases through the media
- Assist in preparing proposals for long term tenure security and submit to DLA or other relevant authorities. Continue to follow-up on these proposals
- Carry out rights enquiries to establish the nature of rights and to identify all rights holders and beneficiaries in each project
- Support establishment of local eviction response and land rights forums involving local structures
Two field staff based in Limpopo Province (Polokwane and Elim) and two field staff based in Gauteng
Policy and Research
To develop and promote meaningful strategies for agrarian reform in South Africa that will cover all aspects of land reform and respond to the aspirations of landless people within the real constraints that exist.
A large part of this work will be implemented in cooperation with The Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape, the National Land Committee and the Southern African network on Land. The main aim of this is to ensure that the various pieces of work compliment each other in developing a workable alternative vision and policy framework for agrarian reform. The attached co-operation agreement (appendix 1) gives more information on this.
- Collect, store and disseminate information on land reform and related issues including all the latest policy positions from government
- Document Nkuzi experiences in key areas of land reform
- Conduct research projects on land and agrarian issues
- Publish occasional papers dealing with agrarian reform issues
- Establish and maintain a web site for Nkuzi with up to date information on Nkuzi activities and agrarian reform debates.
- Identify key policy issues and draft Nkuzi positions on these based on experiences and positions of communities that Nkuzi works with
Submit policy statements to government and other relevant bodies Publish positions in the media
- Lobby public representatives, officials and political parties
- Network and organize joint activities with other organisations
- Support community land struggles and community structures with information on land reform and ideas for policy options
- Pro-actively update Nkuzi staff and clients on policy developments