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Farm dwellers

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June 2017
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Association For Rural Advancement - AFRA

This is a documentary collating the experiences and stories of rural communities supported by the Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA).

AFRA, in partnership with OZA and TA, assists women, youth and men residing or working on rural commercial farmland in the UMgungundlovu District to mobilise around key issues impacting on their quality of life and access to sustainable livelihoods, engaging with and influencing policies and processes that impact on their land and development rights.

Launched in January 2017, this project builds on similar work that AFRA has undertaken with communities over the past 37 years whilst also opening opportunities for us to explore new approaches. The project expands on and consolidates current work, building on aspects of community empowerment and mobilisation already within our existing projects. We are grateful to the farm dwellers and workers who stepped forward and asked for support to create this space to work with each other, and to OZA and our other partners for working with us to enable this vision to become a reality.

Authors and Publishers

Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 

Jono Hornby - Creative director, Editor and project manager,
Akona Matyila - Cameraman and assistant director,
Siyanqoba Rural Tranformation Forum,
Richmond, uMshwathi and Mpofana Farm dweller communities,
Provided with the support of Oxfam South Africa.


AFRA is a land rights advocacy non-governmental organisation (NGO) working since 1979 to support marginalised black rural people, with a focus on farm dwellers. We are working towards an inclusive, gender equitable society where rights are valued, realised and protected, essential services are delivered, and land tenure is secure. We work intensively with communities in and around the uMgungundlovu District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and extensively in offering support and advice.

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