Processing of Safcol land claims ‘has been slow and protracted’
Author: Linda Ensor
THE processing of land claims on land owned by state-owned South African Forestry Company Limited (Safcol) has been slow and protracted, MPs were told Wednesday.
Land claims have been lodged over 61% of Safcol’s forestry land in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo and the company is co-operating with regional land claim commissions to expedite the process.
Safcol owns 187,320ha of land in SA of which 121,000ha is planted in 18 plantations. It also has four plantations in Mozambique and operates several saw mills.
Safcol acting CEO Harvey Theron told the National Council of Provinces’ select committee of communications and public enterprises that the company wanted to partner with the new land owners once the claims had been settled and would provide training and development for them to ensure the sustainability of its forests.
Training was essential to ensure the successful usage of the land. “Safcol will focus on cementing a mutually beneficial relationship between itself and the communities,” Mr Theron said. “Settlement agreements have been developed and will be presented to the relevant government entities.”Safcol generated a revenue of R898m in 2014-15 and a pre-tax profit of R56m.
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