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Dineo Skosana is a coal mining researcher at Society, Work and Politics Institute (SWOP). She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her doctorate project explored the contestations over African grave relocations in a coal-mined area in Tweefontein, Mpumalanga Province (South Africa). The contestations are located within two legal frameworks, namely: the National Heritage Resource Act (1999) which protects graves; and the South African Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (2002) which leases minerals and consequently land, for mining purposes. She has a research interest in indigenous politics, the institution of traditional leadership, as well as the politics of land, heritage, and belonging.


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    PhD candidate, University of the Witwatersrand