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KZN Land Issues Programme

Coordinator: Dr Lucas M. Ngoetjana

The KZNCC Assembly of 2009 mandated the organisation to play a more proactive role in resolving land issues in the province. Baseline research in both white and black farming communities revealed a willingness to meet and find solutions together. The KZNCC assists the parties to find solutions through promoting dialogue among the stakeholders. The starting point was an understanding that conflicts about land will always be complex and may best be resolved with the active and equal participation of those directly involved at local level including Church leaders.

EMPHASES ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND LAND:

  • Promoting healing and reconciliation through processes like Healing of Memories, Alternatives to Violence (AVP), Non-violent Communication and Managing Diversity;
  • Facilitating constructive dialogue between farmers and farm dwellers/workers;
  • Offering capacity-building training for partners and stakeholders in mediation, conflict resolution, lobbying and advocacy skills;
  • Hosting an annual provincial summit for stakeholders to share experiences, seek common ground and explore opportunities for collaboration;
  • Responding to human rights abuses which come to light with any group;
  • Publicising inspiring success stories of land and transformation in South Africa;
  • Wherever possible, working closely with other organisations involved in land issues; • Focussing on women on rural and farm land affected by land issues.
  • Emphases on effective practical use of Church land:
  • Supporting Church communities involved in organic commercial farming;
  • Promoting job creation and poverty alleviation; • Contributing to food security;
  • Collaborating with government and business to support local Church farming communities.