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Rural Development and Land Reform Parliamentary Committee Update: Rama and Riemvasmaak challenges, Spatial Planning Land Use Management Act implementation; Committee Oversight Visit Report

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DLDLR) provided a progress report on its interventions to address the challenges arising from the actions of the Rama Communal Property Association (CPA). The CPA had initiated some income generating activities on its land, which included a quarry business, and had started a museum and an entertainment centre that featured a cinema. In partnership with the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality and private investors the CPA was in the process of developing houses on its land. 

A progress report was also presented on the intervention to address the challenges faced at Riemvasmaak, where one of the first restitution claims had been lodged and settled in South Africa. The community had lived in “riet-houses” and in abject poverty. The government and the local municipality had provided proper houses and other basic services. 28 households had been relocated to Welcomehood in the Eastern Cape and had received financial compensation. Following allegations of misappropriation of funds, the Master of the High Court of the Northern Cape had appointed a firm of attorneys as administrators. 

The Committee was also briefed on the progress in implementing the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (SPLUMA). The strategic intent of SPLUMA was to bring about economic, spatial, environmental and social changes in spatial planning and land use management. On 27 May 2015, SPLUMA became law. From 1 July 2015, municipalities were required to have an administrative system in place to receive applications, revised delegations and categorisation of applications, a municipal planning tribunal (MPT) and an appeal body, municipal bylaws and tariffs and resources. Much progress had been made. Overall provincial readiness was between 60 and 81%. From a national perspective, there had been steady progress on implementation readiness across the country, with the establishment of Municipal Planning Tribunals (MPTs) and the finalisation of bylaws, tariffs and delegations. 

Follow the link below to read the minutes of this meeting on the PMG website:

 

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