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Ladysmith land issue ‘delayed’

Author: Jonathan Erasmus, The Witness

Ladysmith – Land claimants in Ladysmith have still not been handed title deeds — nearly six years later. This is despite a televised undertaking in 2010 on the investigative television programme Carte Blanche by the director-general of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mduduzi Shabane, that the claimants of farms in the Elandslaagte area would be made the proud owners of the previously white-owned farms. They were bought for more than R30 million a decade earlier by the state.

And it appears the KwaKhiphikhono Farm Agri Co-operative, which represents the claimants, will not be handed control or the deeds to their farm anytime soon. Instead the farmland, of some 3 000 hectares, was handed to a new management firm, Pretoria-based Agrifika, in August 2015 with the claimants effectively being turned back into labourers.

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