Entries by AFRA

Press Release: Prof Richard Levin, Special Master for labour tenants

09 December 2019 On Tuesday, 10 December 2019, Prof Richard Levin will be sworn in as the Special Master for labour tenants at the Land Claims Court in Randburg. This follows the Constitutional Court judgment in the matter between, Bhekindlela Mwelase and others vs Department of Rural Development on 20 August 2019 to reinstate the […]

Qina Mbokodo – Be Strong Like a Rock, was recently screened at Maritzburg Social Justice Festival

The 10th annual Maritzburg Social Justice Film and Arts Festival, hosted by PACSA in collaboration with the Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA), the University of KwaZulu-Natal Alan Paton Centre and Struggle Archives, The Witness, the Gay and Lesbian Network, the KZN Language Institute, and Groundwork, took place on Saturday, 28 September 2019. The festival is […]


Farm occupiers and labour tenants standard of living is appalling. They have limited and at times no access to the basic resources necessary for human survival, self-actualisation, or dignity. They struggle to access water, they have awful ablution facilities, and their refuse is not removed by their municipalities. They also struggle with adequate housing, access […]

Settlement agreement reached in the Hilton land claim matter.

On Tuesday, 03 September 2019, a settlement agreement was reached in the Hilton land claim matter and was made an order of the Land Claims Court sitting in Durban High Court. In terms of the agreement the state “agreed to make an offer of alternative land … that shall be transferred to the claimants to […]

State’s failures impede land reform

Timothy Fish Hodgson, Mail and Guardian  Too late: Bhekindlela Mwelase died in November last year, six months before the Constitutional Court dignified his claim to the land that he had worked on as a labour tenant for most of his life. (Max Bastard/African Eyes Photography) LAND Last week the Constitutional Court handed down a crucial […]

Court judgment to restore farm dwellers’ dignity

Musawenkosi Cabe, NewFrame A Pietermaritzburg High Court ruling has found that municipalities were in breach of the Constitution in not providing labour tenants and farm occupiers with essential and basic services. December 2015: Zabalaza Mshengu outside his home on Edmore Farm. Mshengu died on 13 August 2018 before this year’s court ruling in July. (Photograph by […]

Justice delayed for fallen labour tenant Con Court applicants

11 April 2018. Mndeni Sikhakhane sits in his hut in Hilton Valley village in the KwaZulu Natal midlands. He rests on a bed in his grass thatched rondavel. Outside his family go about their daily chores around the homestead. The rondavel is one of several built around a square shaped white brick house identical to […]

Court ordered municipalities to provide farm occupiers and labour tenants with basic services

Today the Pietermaritzburg High Court handed down a precedent setting judgment on the case against local municipalities: Umshwathi, Msunduzi and uMgungundlovu District Municipality for their failure to provide farm dwellers and labour tenants with access to water, adequate sanitation and refuse collection, as well as their failure to prioritise the rights of occupiers and labour […]


Read about the review of AFRA’s interventions to strengthen land tenure for ESTA rights holders (farmdwellers & labour tenants) with particular reference to the household survey and land records, report by Rosalie Kingwill. The review looks at the implications for durable tenure security and land administration institutions. Click link to read the report AFRA PATHWAYS […]