Modise hands over land worth R60m

2013-08-25 22:45
(Photo: file, Sapa)

(Photo: file, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - North West Premier Thandi Modise has handed over land worth R60m to the Barolong Boo Mariba Traditional Council.

The six farms were returned at a celebration at Dalyspan Farm near Mabule in the Ratlou municipality after being taken from the community through the 1913 Land Act.

"Never and never again must this country experience some of the things that many of us are still reeling from.

"Hold on to the land we return to you today," she said.

Modise encouraged the locals not to allow people to steal it.

She said they had to preserve the land for their children.

"It was stolen and it is being returned. Don’t let it slip through our fingers again," she said.

Speaking on behalf of the traditional council, Kgosi Kopano Lekoko said he was thankful to the government for having had the wisdom to resort to negotiation to obtain the land.

"We are thankful to the ANC-led government that the land was being returned without bloodshed. There are many farms in the land that we have claimed," he said.

Lekoko said they owed it to the government to demonstrate that they will use the land profitably to feed people.

Read more on:    thandi modise  |  mahikeng  |  land claims  |  agriculture  |  land

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