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Grave matters: Dispossession and the desecration of ancestral graves by mining corporations

When: Friday, 03 May 2019 - Friday, 03 May 2019
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Hofmeyr House, next to Jubilee Hall
Start time:8:00

The Society, Work and Politics Institute will host this breakfast seminar by Dineo Skosana.

Dispossession is characteristically associated with the period of colonialism and apartheid in South Africa. Consequently, not much consideration is given to how the previously marginalised continue to be dispossessed in their everyday lives by coal mining activities in the current political dispensation. The presentation will attempt to reframe dispossession as a perpetual post-apartheid experience in African communities. In this presentation, dispossession does not only encompass events of deprivation and loss of land and property but also covers loss of the incorporeal. Therefore, the relocation of African ancestral graves in Tweefontein (Ogies) is discussed as an aspect of dispossession. The politics of grave exhumations and relocation illustrates how communities not only lose the material; land, and tombs, but also lose their intangible possessions; identity, heritage and belonging as a result of mining.

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