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tribe's fight for ancestral land

By Katlego Moeng | Sep 11, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

TRYING to reclaim their ancestral land has been a frustrating business for a tribe in North West .

In July 2007 the Department of Land Affairs, now Rural Development and Land Reform, handed 26000hectares of claimed land back to the Barokologadi ba ga Maotoe.

The Barokologadi Communal Property Association (BCPA), chaired by Tsholofelo Molwantwa, was formed to manage the land near Molatedi village for the tribe.

"But since the handover the Barokologadi have travelled a painful route characteristic of a ping-pong game that the North West Parks Board, Land Affairs and the Department of Water Affairs have played with us," Molwantwa said.

"Despite the numerous engagements to finalise the claim and secure title deeds to start working the land, no progress has been made."

Not willing to wait any longer , the community has formed communal investment groups and raised R400000 to start a stock farming project at Eerstepoort.

"I hope this will encourage the departments to give us the documents and money so that the poor can prosper," he said.

Regional land claims commissioner Tumi Seboka said t her office was "doing its best" to remove the red tape and finalise the claim involving the tribe's complaints.


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