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Communal land: full title clarity needed

Author: Craig Dodds

All land in communal areas should be held under full title deed, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti has said. 

The possibility of communal land becoming private has long been taboo in the governing ANC in light of the risk it could be sold to developers. 

Against this risk, however, is the need to secure rights of individual land holders who are frequently subject to whims of traditional councils and chiefs, who have authority to allocate land. 

This sometimes pits the community against traditional authorities – as happened last month in Amadiba Tribal Area, where residents stood against a proposed dune mining project given approval by their chief. 

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