Public to be consulted on land bill

By Drum Digital
05 November 2013

Parliament's portfolio committee on rural development and land reform is to hold a nationwide public consultation process about the restitution of land rights amendment bill.

The process would begin on Thursday, the committee said.

The bill seeks to amend the cut-off date for lodging claims for restitution, to provide for the advertisement of claims and to regulate the appointment of Land Claims Court judges.

It will launch a second phase of land claims and restitution, and allow those who missed the December 1998 deadline for the first lodgement phase to lodge their claims through the Land Claims Commission.

The first, three-week round of public hearings will take place from Thursday (7 November) to 22 November the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

The rest of the provinces will be visited at the beginning of 2014, the committee said.

- SAPA

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