Land resti­tu­tion bears fruit in Lim­popo

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A TOP-CLASS PACK house is the lat­est achieve­ment by a Lim­popo agri­cul­ture ven­ture that stands firm as a suc­cess story.

Land resti­tu­tion – seen by gov­ern­ment as one of the so­lu­tions to ad­dress the triple chal­lenges of unem­ploy­ment, poverty and in­equal­ity – is a big talk­ing point in South Africa.

The Mo­letele com­mu­nity in the Mopani District of Lim­popo has some good news to share on the topic. Over five years ago, the Mo­letele Com­mu­nal Prop­erty As­so­ci­a­tion (CPA) was reg­is­tered af­ter the Depart­ment of Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment and Land Re­form spent ap­prox­i­mately R255 mil­lion in ac­quir­ing 7 000 hectares of land through the resti­tu­tion pro­gramme on be­half of the Mo­letele com­mu­nity.

The land is sit­u­ated in the Hoed­spruit area and bor­ders the Kruger Na­tional Park.

“About 2 233 house­holds are mem­bers of the CPA and we have big fam­i­lies in our com­mu­nity so that num­ber can be mul­ti­plied by five,” said Mo­letele CPA chair­per­son Hezekiel Nkosi.

“We have man­aged to es­tab­lish close to ten agri­cul­tural en­ter­prises, in­clud­ing live­stock, youth projects and plant­ing,” he added.

Although Nkosi is ex­cited about the progress that the CPA has achieved, he said the land that has been ac­quired only makes up ten per­cent of what the com­mu­nity is claim­ing and he is adamant that more land is needed for ad­e­quate graz­ing.

New devel­op­ments

Re­cently, the CPA launched a multi-mil­lion rand cit­rus pack house.

Nkosi said about R37 mil­lion was in­vested in the pro­ject and in the pur­chas­ing of ma­chin­ery.

“At the mo­ment, we have 887 work­ers and we are an­tic­i­pat­ing that the pack house will cre­ate more jobs,” he said. In ad­di­tion, the pack house will also ben­e­fit neigh­bour­ing farm­ers.

One of the com­pa­nies that falls un­der the CPA is Di­naledi Farm­ing En­ter­prises (Pty) LTD, which is cur­rently the largest cit­rus pro­ducer in Hoed­spruit.

The CPA in­vested R37 mil­lion into a new cit­rus pack house.

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