Limpopo Province – Thulamela Local Municipality
Thulamela Local Municipality is one of the four local municipalities comprising the Vhembe District Municipality. It is situated in the far north of Limpopo province. It is the largest municipality in the Limpopo province in terms of population. ActionAid’s Local Rights Programme in Thulamela started in 2006. Key economic activity in the LRP is agriculture that includes production of vegetables, maize and fruits. ActionAid South Africa’s work in the LRP covers a total of 6 communities reaching a population of about 50000 people. Key challenges facing communities include high level of unemployment, poor quality of education and women abuse among others. The work of ActionAid’s in the area focuses on empowering communities, access to education as well as ensuring household food security through promoting sustainable farming practices. Part of the work of ActionAid involves rights education campaigns in both women’s rights and child rights.
Mogalakwena Local Municipality – Mokopane
The Mokopane Local Rights Programme is located in Mogalakwena Local Municipality within the western district of the Waterberg Municipality. It is one of the local municipalities of South Africa that is experience a high influx of international mining companies such as Rio Tinto, Plat Reef, Impala etc due to its huge platinum deposits. The communities of the municipality for the past decade have experience massive land dispossession of land, destruction of houses, pollution of water resources, etc. leading to erosion of their livelihoods. Despite such high presence of these mining companies, unemployment in the area is very high and it hoovers around 70%. Before the establishment of the area into an LRP, ActionAid South Africa has a long history of working with the communities in fighting the mining companies to stop violations of their rights. The Mokopane LRP was developed in 2011 and is made of 13 villages with a total of about 160 000 people being reached. Main Actionaid’s work is directed on community empowerment, supporting local economic interventions that include food and livestock production and other self-help projects. Supporting the local networks particularly those made of people affected by mining, greatly forms part of Actionaid work in the LRP.
Joe Morolong Municipality – Northern Cape
The Joe Morolong Local Rights Programme, located in Joe Morolong Local Municipality of John Gaetsewe District Municipality. The Municipality is characterised by high unemployment rate, substance abuse, domestic violence and asbestosis. The programme currently operates in 16 communities with a total of about 200000 being reached by the programme. Rights to education, women’s rights and food rights form the basis for ActionAid’s key intervention areas of empowering the poor and excluded to claim their rights. The programme also implements some key interventions related to mining.
Ga-Segonyane Municipality – Northern Cape
Ga-Segonyane Local Municipality like Joe Morolong Local Municipality is also located in John Gaetsewe District Municipality and it shares the same challenges as those experienced in Joe Morolong. The Ga-Segonyane Local Rights Programme was established in 2012 and it currently covers 11 villages. Key interventions are related to rights to education, women’s rights and food rights with some work directed towards mining issues.
Ngqushwa Local Municipality – Eastern Cape
Ngqushwa Local Rights Programme, located in Ngqushwa Local Municipality of Amathole District Municipality of Eastern Cape. Major economic activity is the area is farming at both commercial and subsistence levels. The LRP was established in 2008 and it currently covers 8 communities. It falls within the area of the province that has been declared to have high poverty levels. Actionaid’s work is focused on women’s rights, education and child rights and food rights. Supporting and strengthening grassroots social movements fighting for access to land, better service delivery etc. has also been the basis of work in the LRP.
Greytown Local Rights Programme – Greytown (KwaZulu Natal)
The Greytown Local Rights Programme was established in 2009 and it cuts across two local municipalities of Mpofana and Umvoti Local Municipalities. The LRP is made up of 10 villages drawn from both the afore mentioned local municipalities and it is estimated that about 150000 people are reached. Like in other LRPs, Actionaid’s work is focused on women’s rights, education and child rights and food rights.