Pretoria: The Parliament’s Ad Hoc Committee on land reform and redistribution will this week embark on a nationwide public consultation programme as part of the re-opening of the land reform and redistribution process.
The week-long consultations, which get underway today until September 7, form part of the coordinated oversight activities by Parliament to reverse the legacy of the Native Land Act (1913). The consultations will take place in Limpopo, North West and KwaZulu-Natal.
In Limpopo, the delegation will visit the Makuleke Irrigation Scheme and Poultry Project before they hold a meeting with Communal Property Associations (CPA) and land claimants from the Malamulele area (Makuleke CPA, Nhlaveni and Mtititi).
Later in the afternoon, the Parliamentarians will be briefed by the Levubu Cluster (7 CPAs/Trust) about the restitution and strategic partnerships in Levubu, as well as the future of farming by claimant communities in the area.
On Tuesday, the delegation will drive to Dendron, visit Marobala and wrap up their Limpopo visit with a stakeholder meeting later in the afternoon in Polokwane.
The Parliamentarians will hold a stakeholder meeting at the Bojanala Platinum District Municipal Offices in the North West province.
The delegation will split into two groups, where one group will visit Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela outside Rustenburg, while the other will visit Mongatana Trading and Projects CC in Brits.
On Thursday, the delegation will discuss tenure formalisation with Syferskuil/Swartboom Community in Moretele Local Municipality. They will then hold a meeting on restitution with Rathateng CPA, Snymansdrift community land claim, near Brits.
In KwaZulu-Natal, the delegation will hold a restitution meeting with Mkhuzane, Amangcolosi, Izanqawe, Amaqamu CPA, Emagcekeni CPA, and KwaCele CPA.
They will wrap up their visit to the province with a discussion session with stakeholders and government departments.
During the visits, the parliamentarians will be joined by Members of the Provincial Legislatures, the public, traditional leaders and other stakeholders to enquire about the systems put in place and to monitor processes towards the re-opening of the lodgement of land claims so that the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights can implement a programme that is fair and transparent to all South Africans.
Several projects will be visited to get inputs and feedback from those who previously benefited during the first phase of lodgement.
The oversight will assist the parliamentarians in relation to land restitution. At the end of the consultation process there will be recommendations on the removal of blockages preventing the restitution of land.
The recommendations will be tabled before the National Assembly later this month. –