The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 handover title deeds to nine communities in the Waterberg District, who have successfully claimed their land back through the Commission on the Restitution of Land Rights.
The Minister will be joined by the Chief Land Claims Commissioner Ms Nomfundo Ntloko-Gobodo together with officials from the Limpopo Land Claims Commission office.
The title deeds are expected to be received by representatives of the Seabi, Matlhabatse, Mabula Mosima, Baphalane ba Ramokoka, Shamane Magashule, Letlhakaneng, Ga Padi, Sebilong and Batlhaleroa communities. These groups lost their rights in land when they were abruptly removed from their properties with the implementation of the provisions of the 1913 Natives Land Act.
The Commission on Restitution of Land Rights has spent over R300 million in finalising the claims which include prime agricultural, game farms, eco-tourism areas and mining land. The restoration of this prime land has not only brought about the reversal of the negative impact of dispossession of black South Africans, but is also a step toward a shift in land ownership patterns in the Limpopo province.
The properties are currently being put to productive use under various arrangements such as joint ventures and lease agreements, thus contributing to job creation. The details of some of these land claims will be provided by the Minister during the event.
Media are invited as follows:
Date: 10 July 2018
Venue: Bela Bela Forever Resort, Bela Bela, Waterberg District, Limpopo
Time: 10:00 am
Members of the media are invited to cover the title deeds handover event and for RSVP and further information regarding the event kindly contact the following official:
Mr Moses Randitsheni: Director Media Liaison, Tell: 012 312 9712, Cell: 082 448 2450, Email Moses.Rannditsheni@drdlr.gov.za
Mr Avhashoni Magada: Communication Services, Tell: 015 230 5040, Cell: 0824657848, Email Nicholas.Magada@drdlr.gov.za