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Blood and Soil

Across southern Africa, the question of land use, ownership and access are of vital importance. In the region, the land question is rightly and invariably viewed in light of the tremendous historic injustice inflicted on black Africa during the colonial period. This is particularly the case in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia, where white settlers seized prime land and pushed the indigenous black populations onto overcrowded and often inferior lands. White economic elites in the region were also often able to essentially codify the gains when they transferred political power to black majority rule.


Forestry South Africa: Submission to the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform on the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill

FSA recognises the fact that, as alluded to in the Explanatory Memorandum, there are, for a number of reasons, potential beneficiaries who were either precluded from lodging land claims or who could not do so by the cut-off date of 31st December 1998. In the interests of social justice, Forestry South Africa (FSA) supports the principle of allowing these affected parties, under the provisions of the current Constitution, an opportunity to lodge legitimate land claims.