FRIDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2012
SOUTHERN AFRICAN CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS HOST A SUCCESSFUL SUMMIT ON LAND ISSUES
The summit convened under the theme: “Land Policies, Human Rights, Development and Civil Society Action”.
The KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC) and the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) in conjunction with the Thukela-Amajuba-Mzinyathi Christian Council (TAMCC), KwaZulu Regional Christian Council (KRCC) Southern KwaZulu- Natal Christian Council (SKZNCC) and Midlands Christian Council (MCC), hosted its 4th annual summit on Land Issues in Southern Africa (SADC).
Among the key partners and stakeholders of the hosting organization present at the summit, was the Rural Women’s Movement (RWM), Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA), The Landless People’s Movement (LPM), farmers and the University of KwaZulu- Natal (UKZN).
The summit was held in Durban and was officially opened by hosting organization CEO Dr Douglas Dziva on Thursday, 18 October 2012 and ended on a very high note on Friday, 19 October 2012, with key resolutions that are aimed at crafting an impactful and effective way forward for these organizations.
This 4th annual South African-led land summit had attracted close to a 100 delegates representing NGOs, social movements and faith based organizations in other Southern African countries such as Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Botswana.
Among the major concerns raised by the group and intensively deliberated upon during heated discussions was land dispossession, skewed land ownership, environmental degradation, the slow pace of land reform, inadequate political will, slow change of the status quo relating to women and land ownership, evection of people from their land and invasion of farms; as well as the abuse of farm workers and killing of farmers.
The delegates called for intensified efforts and interventions from government, business and religious leaders on land issues.
Among the key resolutions adopted by the summit was the intensified effort towards regional mobilization of grass roots people-raising awareness and supporting them in lobbying and advocacy for social justice relating to land in Southern African countries and the immediate creation of strategic networks and partnerships in specific countries within the region focusing on social justice, environmental justice and economic transformation which will be geared to assist the efforts of the group towards social transformation.
Strategic and effective structures and communication systems will be put in place in order to accelerate and advance the pace with which the identified concerns are addressed.
The KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council On behalf of the Land Summit