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Cape Town – Standing next to a fresh-water spring beneath Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cedric van Dieman has tears in his eyes.

It’s been 21 years since 132 families won the right to return to their ancestral land, and yet reality has dealt the dream a hard wake-up call.

While that dream was kickstarted this weekend with the signing of a development agreement with Bethel Property, the reality remains that Van Dieman and his community will only return home after 2020. 

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