Over 1 000 dwellers get deeds

2008-04-21 00:00

Farm dwellers in northern KZN were this weekend handed title deeds totalling 19 336 hectares for farms at Dejagersdrift, Dundee and Wasbank.

The jubilation of the 1 151 beneficiaries at Dundee on Saturday was witnessed by national Agriculture and Land Affairs Minister Lulu Xingwana, who addressed the crowds. She said this was a transaction that means land reform has strengthened relations between white former landowners and the new black landowners, as evident in Dejagerdrift farms.

The new landowners said this was a victory for them as they will no longer be “ill-treated by the white farmers who used to be their bosses”.

“Those farmers won’t abuse my rights again as now I’m my own boss and this means that I have space for my family, said Zakhele Ndaweni, one of the beneficiaries.

Roger Turner of the local farmer’s association warned the new farmers to be more active during planting.

“This is not your land — it’s for your children that will come after you. You must not abuse the land because that will mean that they won’t have good land in the future,” said Turner.

BioSwiss chief executive officer Gwelyn Owen said his company will assist the new farmers to export their products to other countries. He said they have already opened a new factory and have put aside R100 million specifically for this project.

Yesterday, KZN Agriculture and Environmental Affairs MEC Mtholephi Mthimkhulu handed title deeds to 10 farmers in Bergville.

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