Democracy, development and chieftaincy along South Africa's ?Platinum Highway?: some emerging issues

Democracy, development and chieftaincy along South Africa's ?Platinum Highway?: some emerging issues

Author: 
Mnwana, Sonwabile
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2015
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Journal of Contemporary African Studies
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Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Vol. 33, No. 4, October 2015, pp. 510-529
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South Africa's ?Platinum Highway? (Generally referred to as ?the platinum belt?.) ? ?a 150 km continuation of platinum group metals (PGM)-bearing reefs? [Havenstein, R. (2004). ?The Platinum Highway ? Where Does It Lead?? Accessed May 10, 2011. http://web.up.ac.za/sitefiles/file/EBIT-Innovate/The_Platinum_Highway-wh..., 1] ? has ushered in a new era of considerable accumulation of mineral revenues by a few traditional authorities on whose communal lands platinum ore is extracted. The Royal Bafokeng community in the North West province stands as an epitome of this phenomenon. However, not much is known about the relationships at local governance level, particularly the interface of mineral wealth and community development. Adopting the Bafokeng community as an empirical case in this article, I argue that, despite some observed benefits, vast mineral wealth is likely to deepen tensions between local power holders within the sphere of rural local governance, thus paradoxically hampering development, particularly in a context where traditional authorities are the architects and champions of resource-engendered community development.

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CITATION: Mnwana, Sonwabile. Democracy, development and chieftaincy along South Africa's ?Platinum Highway?: some emerging issues . : Taylor & Francis Group , 2015. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Vol. 33, No. 4, October 2015, pp. 510-529 - Available at: http://library.au.int/democracy-development-and-chieftaincy-along-south-africas-platinum-highway-some-emerging-issues-1