Land claims head hands over ti­tle deeds

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - Galoome Shopane

NiNe Free sTaTe ben­e­fi­cia­ries re­cently re­ceived farm land through the land claims process.

Chief land claims com­mis­sioner Nom­fundo Nt­loko-Go­bodo said gov­ern­ment’s role doesn’t end with hand­ing over ti­tle deeds. It will con­tinue to as­sist com­mu­ni­ties so that they be­come sus­tain­able. Nt­loko-Go­bodo was speak­ing at a ti­tle deeds han­dover cer­e­mony in Thaba Nchu, where nine land claimants from across the Free State re­ceived 11 ti­tle deeds for more than 6 500 hectares of agri­cul­tural land.

The state spent R31.2 mil­lion ac­quir­ing seven farms, two of which were state-owned land.

Nt­loko-Go­bodo said her of­fice part­nered with the pro­vin­cial Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral Devel­op­ment to en­sure the sus­tain­abil­ity of the project.

“We want to cre­ate en­ti­ties for the com­mu­ni­ties through short- and longterm goals that can be used to en­sure that the projects are sus­tain­able.

Help with busi­ness plans

“To­gether with our part­ners and other stake­hold­ers we have set up struc­tures for ben­e­fi­cia­ries so that they know and un­der­stand what value can be added to sus­tain the land and grants.”

Queen Thato Mopeli from Qwa Qwa urged claimants to work to­gether to­wards pros­per­ity. “Let us be united by this in­her­i­tance that we have gained to­day. Let us gain strength and work to­gether for our suc­cess.”

Another ben­e­fi­ciary, 67-year-old Keneilwe Goronyane, who lodged a claim 15 years ago, said the land was handed over to her fam­ily on pa­per but they could not oc­cupy it un­til they re­ceived the ti­tle deed.

“My late sis­ter and I chose to have the land be­cause we re­alised its value and our great grand­fa­ther was a farmer.”

Gov­ern­ment will as­sist Goronyane with sur­vey­ing the land, a way for­ward and a busi­ness plan.

“I’m very ex­cited that this day is fi­nally here, I can’t wait to step onto the farm and start work­ing it,” said Goronyane.

Keneilwe Goronyane shows the deed to her land to the chief com­mis­sioner of land claims Nom­fundo Nt­loko-Go­bodo and Queen Thato Mopeli.

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