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Land claims: Some of the good news and the lay of the land

Photo: Minister of Rural Development and Land Refort, Gugu Nkwinti hands a cheque for a land claim (Photo Dept Rural Development and Land Reform)

24 August 2015


Photo: Minister of Rural Development and Land Refort, Gugu Nkwinti hands a cheque for a land claim (Photo Dept Rural Development and Land Reform)

Photo: Minister of Rural Development and Land Refort, Gugu Nkwinti hands a cheque for a land claim (Photo Dept Rural Development and Land Reform)

By Marianne Thamm

On paper, the real stories of dispossession and restoration are lost between the statistics and pie charts of the Commission on the Restitution of Land Rights’ (CRLR’s) 2014/15 annual report. Some 428 claims were settled, 241 of which were urban, 187 rural, with 78,600 beneficiaries from 15,457 households, 6,244 of which were headed by women. Awards of 144,406 hectares were made at the cost of around R1-billion, with financial compensation totalling around R1-billion – which all adds up to R2-billion spent on healing the deep and lasting wounds that have affected generations of South Africans.

Read the full article from the Dailymaverick.

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