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Making their land work for them

What Bethuel Ravele, a short, garrulous man, tries to explain in the middle of lush and drizzly Levubu sounds like an oddity among land restitution projects in South Africa. In fact, it is.

While much prime agricultural land lies untilled across the country and once-prosperous farms lie in ruin, dead along with the jobs they once sustained, the Ravele Community Property Association’s (CPA’s) land is lush and fertile.

For the 344 families who are members of the association, there are no tales of skills shortages and ruin that often follow the transfer of land from white commercial farmers to the communities from which it was taken.

Although some of the problems bedevilling similar associations appear now and then, theirs is a story of hope.

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