South Africa’s Beeswater community benefits from Land Reform Programme

President Ramaphosa, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, Labour Deputy Minister Phathekile Holomisa and ILO DG. Photo : www.sanews.gov.za

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – Tomorrow, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to hand over title deeds for the 3 990 hectares of commercial farmland in the Western Cape Province, SAnews reported.

The initiative will see more than 50 households in Ebenhaeser, Beeswater, Western Cape Province, benefitting and it will be held under the theme ‘Restoring dignity through land reform’, the settling and finalisation of land claims forms part of the Land Reform Programme, which is part of the transformative principles of the Constitution.

The beneficiaries are the direct descendants of the Griqua community that established themselves on the farm since 1926.

The community entered into a lease agreement with the then landowner in 1938-1940 but due to racial laws and practices, did not have the necessary permit to purchase the land. The community of Beeswater was forcibly removed from an undivided portion of the remainder Vanrhysdorp farm, situated on the western side of Zoutrivier in 1960.

The community was eventually relocated to the coloured area of Vredendal in 1981.

The Beeswater Communal Property Association have indicated their desire to resuscitate livestock, game farming and possible agricultural activities.

As the first claim settled in the Western Cape to direct descendants of the indigenous Khoi community, the association also intends to establish a cultural village and ultimately resettle their community to the land.

Earlier this month, the President officiated over the Gauteng land restitution ceremony in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria.

The ceremony marked the successful claims by 10 Gauteng communities, who were presented with title deeds and financial compensation.

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