Chief Nyalala Pilane of Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela has been accused of corruption regarding mining royalties.
The Star/Simphiwe Mbokaz
Some communities on South Africa's Platinum Belt have received substantial mining revenues, but these are controlled by chiefs.
Harvest season on a wine farm in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The country is struggling with land redistribution.
South Africa's land policy is flailing around in the dark, with the haziest of understandings of how well or how badly land reform is doing.
Men transporting a large bag in the Muvumba river valley in Kigali. A massive Rwandan electrification programme sets out to benefit rural communities.
A massive rural on-grid electrification programme in Rwanda has delivered considerable benefits. But is it the most sensible way to deliver power to remote areas?
In Nagoro, in Tokushima Prefecture, one resident has made around 300 dolls to replace villagers who are no longer around.
Across Japan, towns and villages are vanishing as the population ages and young people move to the cities. How the country manages this holds lessons for other developed nations facing a similar fate.
Rural poverty affects a growing number of people in South Africa.
South Africa should review its rural development strategy and land reform policy to win the fight against rising poverty.
A woman takes an oral cholera vaccine in a hospital. But cholera vaccines are not always effective and never long lasting.
REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
Many states in Nigeria are reeling from cholera outbreaks. They need better health and sanitation infrastructure to disrupt transmission of the bacteria which cause the disease.
Paraguayan farmers are demanding agrarian reforms that would restore lost jobs to the countryside.
Too many able-bodied Paraguayans are underemployed, fuelling frustration and entrenching inequality.
The Elvis Express travels from Sydney to Parkes for a festival, now in its 25th year, that has transformed the town.
Outside the capital cities and the coastal fringes, the towns and people of rural and regional Australia have had to be inventive to get through the tough times.
A lack of differences in major policy areas such as agriculture and trade means local project funding – for roads, boat ramps and the like – reinforces the adage ‘all politics is local’.
On the big national policies affecting non-metropolitan Australia, such as agriculture and trade, the major party differences are minor. That's why the election focus turns to local projects.
Getting internet access to rural areas can be difficult.
Tractor laying cables via shutterstock.com
Only 55 percent of people living in rural areas have access to the speeds that currently qualify as broadband, while 94 percent of the urban population does.
While politicians like Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce do the traditional photo-ops, fewer people than ever are taking on farming, which can no longer support vibrant rural and regional communities on its own.
What are the issues facing rural and regional Australia? The challenges are many and varied – and only some have made the national political agenda – but these areas deserve better than neglect.
The mountain village of Novara di Sizilia, Italy.
When villages across Spain, Portugal and Italy are abandoned, the regions' unique culture and heritage is lost, too.
Food security efforts need to look beyond urban agriculture.
It's important to question whether the promotion of urban agriculture can actually help people, or whether other solutions should be explored.
Nearly 20 million South Africans live in rural areas. Why are the country’s universities so dismissive of rurality?
South Africa's educational policies and curricula tend to be biased against rural lifestyles - even though nearly 20 million people live in the country's rural areas.
When agriculture is disconnected from the local economy, its contribution to local economic development is limited.
Agriculture can only contribute to rural growth and development to the benefit of all if it links with an inclusive and diverse rural non-farm economy.
Shed some light on the problem.
Satellites, microwaves, radio towers - how many more options must be tried before the government just shells out for fibre to the home?
Mozambique has improved access to education, but it has to do more to meet the high expectations of its young and rapidly growing population.
Reuters/Grant Lee Neuenbur
Agriculture, which employs about 80% of the working population, and political stability are key to Mozambique's rapid economic and social progress.
Connecting up every house is a not a job for the fainthearted.
At least the parties agree that more internet is a good thing, even if they're short of ideas on how to provide it.
Superfast? I’ll be the judge of that.
BT van by urbanbuzz/www.shutterstock.com
Tell those living in the countryside about the government's promised "right to fast internet" and they'll show you 10 years of similar, unmet promises.
Even the tallest infrastructure creeks under flood pressure.
According to Ofcom, 80% of adults in the UK had access to the internet in 2013 and each spent about 35 hours online each month. And half of all adults in the UK access the web using their mobile phones…