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Dean An­drew Hunter

be­gan to be seen. For in­stance, 100ha of land, orig­i­nally do­nated to the dio­cese as part of the mis­sion­ary set­tle­ment of St John’s, Bholothwa in 1881, was trans­ferred to lo­cal ben­e­fi­cia­ries in Jan­uary 2006. The prepa­ra­tion and train­ing of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries was car­ried out un­der the DSR Land Jus­tice Pro­gramme work­ing in con­junc­tion with the Depart­ment of Land Af­fairs and the Gov­ern­ment’s Land Re­form Pro­gramme. On 18 Jan­uary 2006 the 24 ben­e­fi­cia­ries signed the agreed Con­sti­tu­tion in the pres­ence of Mr Ruiters, the re­gional head of the Depart­ment of Land Af­fairs.

On 13 Novem­ber 2008 the Dio­cese of Gra­ham­stown handed back to the com­mu­nity at Nxarhuni 240 hectares of prime river­side land which was part of a gift to the Angli­can Church in the 1850s.

A mem­ber of the com­mu­nity told those present of how the land had orig­i­nally been given to the Dio­cese by the lo­cal chief in 1854 - and not by Sir Ge­orge Grey - in or­der to pre­vent the land from be­ing lost to white farm­ers and the colo­nial gov­ern­ment. The 45 lo­cal peo­ple re­ceiv­ing the land had been trained in farm­ing by the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture. En­vi­sioned

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