Land Claims

D6WC to launch application to land claims court

By Wardah Wilkinson Activists working towards restitution in District Six are in the process of launching an application to the land claims court to obtain a declaratory order and structural interdict to compel the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform to finish building the houses in District Six within a[…]

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Solomon family hails Constantia development decision

The Hadji Abdullah Solomon Family Trust  says they feel vindicated by a court tribunal’s decision, which gives the green light for a commercial development in Constantia. Their land on Ladies Mile Road which had been forcibly removed under the Group Areas Act during the apartheid era, was returned to the Solomon[…]

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Zuma moots moving land claim cut-off to 1800s

Should the 1913 cut off-date for land claims be changed to the 1800s? President Jacob Zuma raised the question as he opened the National House of Traditional Leaders in Cape Town on Thursday. “The very law that we have today to claim is lopsided against the black people. It is[…]

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D6: Time to stop talking and build

The restitution process in District Six has proven among the most complex claims to settle. So said Minster of Rural development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti, addressing former residents on Thursday at an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of District Six as a white group area.[…]

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Claremont land claims suffer delays

The mistaken transfer of a tennis court is having undue consequences for the restitution process in Claremont, according to the Claremont Beneficiary Trust. Claimants whose families were forcibly removed from the area as a result of the old Group Areas Act have been forced to endure a further delay of[…]

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Mobile offices for land claims

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform are planning to take the land claims process to those unable to access the department’s official lodgment offices, in particular those in the more remote parts of the country. This process will be done through the launch of four new mobile offices,[…]

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D6WC hails meeting

The District Six Working Committee (D6WC) said they have been overwhelmed by the attendance of land restitution claimants who attended their meeting on Saturday. The meeting which was held at the Blackpool sports complex in Salt River meeting attracted 1000 people.  D6WC CEO Seraj Jenkings said claimants expressed their increased[…]

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D6WC plans to head to court over restitution process

More than 10 000 claimants aligned with the District Six Working Committee (D6WC), are planning to take launch a court bid against the Land Claims Commissions, in a bid to redress what the representative body has described as a ‘much flawed’ restitution process. The group has noted alleged cases of[…]

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Claremont Trust addresses Hassan family claim

Almost 20 years after submitting a claim for a property in Claremont which they were forced to sell under the Group Areas Act, the Hassan family has been left devastated after the Land Claims Commission reportedly ‘rejected’ their claim. Having recently made an enquiry to the current status of their[…]

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