Edendale’s land legacy dilemma

2013-11-04 00:00

AS the commemoration of Pietermaritzburg’s 175th year draws to a close, and as the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 1913 Land Act ends, the future of Edendale’s land legacy remains unresolved.

When most African people were deprived of their land as a result of the Land Act, a unique group of landowners in Edendale were allowed to retain ownership.

These landowners were closely linked to the prosperity of Pietermaritzburg. Historian Sheila Meintjies described Edendale as the bread basket of Pietermaritzburg in her doctoral research on the area.

The landowners say their forefathers took on both the colonial and apartheid governments over the right to own land, and today they are fighting a democratic government to retain that ownership.

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