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Government to Improve Delivery of Services in Traditional Communities

Author: Sakhile Mokoena

President Jacob Zuma has announced that government will this year introduce the Traditional and Khoisan Leadership and Governance Bill, a move that could finally see the official recognition of the Khoisan communities’ cultures and languages.

Addressing the official opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders in Parliament today, President Zuma said currently there was no legislation recognising the Khoi and the San and there were gaps in the existing legislation on traditional leadership in the country.

“We also recognise that more still needs to be done to improve the lives of our traditional communities, we also need to improve the delivery of services in rural areas.

“Government has also developed the Communal Land Tenure Policy which aims to address a number of critical challenges.

“It has now evolved into the Communal Land Bill which is expected in Cabinet during the year. The policy aims to clarify, strengthen and formalise the land rights of communal area residents – especially the vulnerable – through the introduction of institutionalised land use rights to be held by households,” he said.

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