MEC hands over title deeds

2016-06-01 06:00
                                        Photo: Mbuyiselo Ndlovu Inkosi Nkosikhona Bhengu celebrates with KZN MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development Cyril Xaba and Chief Lands Commissioner Nomfundo Ntloko Gobodo.

Photo: Mbuyiselo Ndlovu Inkosi Nkosikhona Bhengu celebrates with KZN MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development Cyril Xaba and Chief Lands Commissioner Nomfundo Ntloko Gobodo.

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AT the formal handover of the title deeds to the Amangcolosi community in Kranskop on Saturday, MEC Cyril Xaba said Ithuba Agriculture, which is owned by the Trust, “stands out as a role model for land restitution projects”.
Many dignitaries from KZN were at the celebrations held at Kranskop Primary School.

Jubilation, excitement and a spirit of unity filled the air as the title deeds were handed over marking the granting of the land in 2004 after a claim had been lodged in 1998 by 401 claimants to the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights. From 2005 until 2013 the commission restored approximately 8 000ha of agricultural land at a cost of over R140 million.

The Amangcolosi community established an operating company to take over farming responsibilities known as Ithuba Agriculture (Pty) Ltd, which is wholly owned by the Amangcolosi Community Trust.
Ithuba Agriculture cultivates 1943ha of commercially rain-fed sugar cane, 3300ha of timber, 100ha white maize, three hectares of kiwi fruit, two hectares of chillies and one hectare of leather leaf fern.
With over 500 permanent workers employed the Amangcolosi Community Trust is the largest employer in the Kranskop area and one the most successful land claims in the province.

In his address the MEC also referred to the contributions from the Trust made to the community in improving the lives of the people of Kranskop through sponsoring school rooms, computer labs, churches, cattle dip and vegetable gardens.
Annual dividends are paid to all 401 claimants and a bursary scheme had been established. He said that from the start Ithuba had realised it could not go it alone and had sought expert assistance in the various fields from farmers and companies - its motto - “Strength in Partnerships” - said it all.

Xaba said that the Amangcolosi had the same struggles as other land claimants, but had overcome these and “there were many lessons that other land claimants can learn from the Amangcolosi Community Trust”.

With over 500 permanent workers employed
Amangcolosi Community Trust is the largest employer in the Kranskop
area and one the most successful land claims in the province

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