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Communal Property Associations 2012/13 and 2013/14 Annual Reports: Department of Rural Development and Land Reform briefing

The primary objective is for CPAs to serve as mechanisms for the democratisation of land use and enjoyment, where land reform communities understand and accept the rules by which the land and assets that are commonly held are governed. The success of CPAs therefore depends largely on the ability of the CPA committees, equipped with sufficient resources and skills, to manage and administer the collectively owned land and property for the benefit of its members.

Once the CPA is formed and land and assets transferred to it, problems regarding access, control and management abound. CPA cases handled through the Land Rights Management Facility (“LRMF”) confirm that the most challenging issue confronting individual beneficiaries and communities relates to the development of shared systems and procedures for allocating, managing and administering land rights in a communal context. Access to resources, skills and opportunities become contested sites of struggle and tend to divide communities that previously stood unified in a common struggle for land reform.

In response to the glaring non-compliance of CPAs with the Act, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) had, in line with its Turn-Around Strategy, embarked on a process to regularise ailing CPAs. This process is intended to ensure that CPAs and Provisional CPAs are fully functional and the objects of the Act are being achieved. The main causes of non-compliance included lack of accountability, corruption, conflicts within communities and ineffective land utilization.

Follow the link below to read the minutes of the briefing to the Rural Development and Land Reform Portfolio Committee and to download the CPA Annual Report for periods 2012/13 and 2013/14

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