Ingonyama Trust Board & Commission on Restitution of Land Rights 1st Quarter 2015/16 performance; Committee Oversight Reports
The Commission on Restitution of Land Rights (the Commission) presented its expenditure trends and financial and performance report for the 1st quarter of the 2015/16 financial year. The performance was fully described by noting the achievements and the targets.
In the first quarter, there was a target to settle 92 land claims but the Commission settled 38. 57 land claims were finalised against a quarterly target of 74. Eight projects were approved, against a quarterly target of 12. From the 1998 land claims, 195 land claims were researched compared to the quarterly target of 532.
The target of having two all-terrain mobile lodgement offices established in this quarter was not achieved. Some of the projects planned for settlement in the 1st quarter were settled in the 4th quarter. It was explained that the target for researching claims lodged in 1998 was not achieved because the National Research Unit (NRU) received approximately 366 reports, relating to 519 claims, mostly on 29 and 30 June and it was not possible to complete the vetting process and recommend reports for approval by the cut-off point of 30 June.
198 claims were vetted and approved, and the other 321 claims were still in the process en-route for approval. Plans to appoint a service provider to conduct research on complex claims, centralised at the national office, were made and the appointments should be completed by 31 August 2015.
In regard to the spending, the Commission received R486 million for the 2015/16 financial year, and had spent 33% of the budget to date, but there were slow patterns of spending in most provinces. There were 1 523 approved posts, both funded and unfunded. To date, 736 were filled, 221 posts were vacant and 115 posts had been advertised.
The Ingonyama Trust Board set out its expenditure trends and financial performance for the 1st quarter of the 2015/16 financial year.
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