Land matters: 2008(1)

28 August 2009

According to the Minister of Land Affairs 95% of all land claims were finalised by February 2008 (Snyman 'Grondoordrag by reservaat in Pilanesberg afgehandel' Beeld (2008-02-26) 2). The Legal Resources Centre, however, indicated that land restitution will still take a long time to finalise as only 150 community claims were dealt with to date. It is uncertain how many of the remaining 5 083 land claims are community claims. Some of the claims are quite complicated, as 48% of Mondi's forested land, large sugar plantations and 70% of the Limpopo Province are subject to claims (Bruce Words and Deeds (2008-02-22); Khuzwayo 'Claimants "should take land, not payouts"' Sunday Independent (2007-09-23) 1; Jacks 'Forestry firms face big land claims' Star (2008-01-14) 15).