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New heritage sites to be part of land claims

Author: Paul Vecchiatto

THE new land claims process, which will be extended for another five years, will include landmarks and heritage sites that were important to indigenous people before 1913, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti says.

The government was working on a law to codify land claims that date back before the 1913 Native Land Act, and the process will be completed by the end the year, Mr Nkwinti told the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday.

Many heritage sites fell outside the 13% of land that was covered by the Natives Land Act.

Mr Nkwinti said that the extension of land claims was part of national reconciliation, nation building and healing.

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