Date: February 9, 2017
Tenure disputes in Southern Africa have created financial and reputational damage for the companies and investors involved. Sectors like sugar and mining have struggled to engage local peoples effectively and to manage local expectations associated with their projects. Disputes in Southern Africa are particularly likely to lead to materially significant events, like work stoppages. They are also more likely to be violent than in any other region in the world, which is a considerable deterrent for foreign direct investment (FDI).
This paper examines recent case studies of tenure-related dispute in Southern Africa to help companies, investors, governments, and CSOs to avoid and resolve them more effectively.