Com­mu­nal land te­nu­re bill: com­ments o­pen

George Herald - - HEALTH & BEAUTY -

The De­part­ment of Ru­ral De­ve­lop­ment and Land Re­form is cal­ling on South A­fri­cans to sub­mit writ­ten com­ments on the Com­mu­nal Land Te­nu­re Bill, 2017, fol­lo­wing its pu­bli­ca­ti­on for pu­blic comment for a pe­ri­od of 60 days from 7 Ju­ly.

The bill see­ks to re­gu­la­te com­mu­nal land.

Com­mu­nal land en­com­pas­ses land occu­pied mos­t­ly by A­fri­can com­mu­ni­ties in the for­mer ho­me­lands.

The sta­te con­ti­nues to hold com­mu­nal land in trust for com­mu­ni­ties, per­pe­tu­a­ting a si­tu­a­ti­on w­he­re tho­se com­mu­ni­ties are not su­re of t­heir te­nu­re on the land.

The Bill, a­mong ot­her t­hings, ma­kes pro­vi­si­on t­hat o­w­ners­hip of land a­cqui­red by the sta­te can be trans­fer­red to com­mu­ni­ties and com­mu­ni­ty members.

It al­so aims to e­na­ble the com­mu­ni­ty access to land on an e­quit­a­ble ba­sis; to be­stow on com­mu­ni­ty members the rig­ht to use land o­w­ned by the sta­te; and pro­vi­de for re­gis­tra­ti­on of com­mu­nal land.

The main ob­jects of the bill are:

a) To con­vert le­gal­ly in­se­cu­re te­nu­re in­to o­w­ners­hip w­he­re per­sons and com­mu­ni­ties al­re­a­dy hold so­me form of rig­hts to land;

b) To e­na­ble the sta­te to grant per­sons and com­mu­ni­ties the rig­ht to use land t­hat is a­cqui­red and o­w­ned by the sta­te; and

c) To pro­vi­de for the ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on of com­mu­nal land in ge­ne­ral.

A con­sul­ta­ti­on with the com­mu­ni­ty of the E­den Dis­trict will ta­ke pla­ce on 8 Au­gust. A ve­nue is still to be con­fir­med.

Members of the pu­blic are in­vi­ted to sub­mit writ­ten com­ments to: The Di­rec­torGe­ne­ral: Ru­ral De­ve­lop­ment and Land Re­form, At­ten­ti­on: Adv Sel­lo Ra­ma­sa­la, Pri­va­te Bag X833, P­re­to­ria, 0001.

It can al­so be faxed to 012 324 2118 or e-mai­led to CLTBill@ drd­ or sel­lo.ra­ma­sa­la@ drd­

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