Settlement in Lohatla land claim

2010-12-07 11:04

kalahari.com

  • Fall of The ANC
    The Fall of the ANC analyses the ANC's movement away from Nelson Mandela's legacy to a political... Was R187.00 Now R130.00
    buy now
Johannesburg - The rural development department has found alternative land to settle some of the communities who lodged a claim to thousands of hectares currently being used as a military training centre, Business Day reported on Tuesday.

After almost a decade of unsuccessful court battles by the Maremane and the Gatlhose communities to get the Lohatla Battle School evicted from their ancestral land in the Northern Cape, the department has negotiated a settlement.

The Gatlhose community opted for a combination of financial compensation, alternative land for agricultural purposes, housing development and development of schools and clinics.

Out of their 1 018 households, 638 chose financial compensation and 380 opted for resettlement.

Ceremony


At a ceremony on Sunday to mark the resolution, where residents received their cheques, Rural Development and Land Reform Deputy Minister Thulas Nxesi said the settlement of the first phase of the Gatlhose community's claim of financial compensation of R35.5m had been approved.

For the claimants who opted for land restoration, the department transferred R59.5m to the Koikanyang Trust account for the purchase of alternative land.

The department had identified 17 000ha of land for the full and the final award for the resolution of their claim, Nxesi said.

In 2002 the Land Claims Court declared that the restoration of the land was not feasible. The Supreme Court of Appeal upheld the ruling that the Gatlhose community was not entitled to restoration of the original land.

This was because the court believed it would not be possible to resettle the communities at the Lohatla Battle School, as the land was contaminated with unexploded ordinance. It would have been costly to clear and almost impossible to ensure it was safe for settlement.

According to the department, the Maremanes lost 12 million hectares of their land, and the Gatlhoses 49.8 million hectares, in what was then known as the Maremane-Gatlhose Native Reserve, located at the Tsantsabane local municipality in the Siyanda District.

- SAPA
Read more on:    thulas nxesi  |  kimberley  |  land
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

20% off all TV Series!

Want to have a chilled day at home? Get 20% off TV series, the perfect excuse to "veg out". Shop now!

Save R700 on the Hisense LED TV Now R2499

Get the Hisense 32” HD ready LED TV for only R2499. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today is one of those days where the more positive and optimistic you are the more opportunities you seem to attract....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.