WINDHOEK: Over 50 000 land rights have been verified, mapped and registered in the Namibia Communal Land Rights’ Registration System (NCLAS), Minister of Lands and Resettlement Alfeus !Naruseb said on Thursday.
The Lands Minister indicated that Certificates of Registration have been issued to residents in 11 regions with communal land, save for the Kavango region where some administrative issues are still to be resolved.
The Minister made this announcement at the official opening of the Bank of Namibia’s 14th Annual Symposium titled “Unlocking the economic potential of communal land”.
“The issue of secure tenure is a real concern with most of our stakeholders, and it is in cognizance of this that the Ministry has been promoting the registration of communal land rights countrywide,” he noted.
He thus encouraged communities to support the national programme.
“Although there are challenges with this process, the Ministry is working with various partners, focusing on the provision of secure tenure through communal land rights’ registration,” he stated.
NCLAS is a user-friendly registration system which is developed to store data on communal land for the whole country in such a manner that it will accommodate future integration with the commercial deeds’ registration system, !Naruseb explained.
“It stores all land rights and land parcels-related data for communal areas in a secure form. It enables the user to produce certificates, reports, indexes and village maps,” he added.
Besides, it can be used to analyze the type of data collected, for example the amount of land allocated to women, parcel sizes and average hectares for a settled village.
The Communal Land Registration project was introduced by the Government in March 2003, and is still ongoing.
Under this project, Customary Land Rights’ holders are required to apply for recognition and registration of their existing customary land rights.
The process of registration involves a lot of verification processes, such that the Minister of Lands and Resettlement had to extend this period thrice through a public notice.
The new deadline is now the end of February 2014.