R20,5m land claim settled

The Department of of Land Affairs, paper giant Mondi and two recipient communities in KwaZulu-Natal have signed a R20,5 million land claim settlement.

The Department of of Land Affairs, paper giant Mondi and two recipient communities in KwaZulu-Natal have signed a R20,5 million land claim settlement.

The sale and lease agreement of 4000 hectares of forestry land and some immovable properties, previously owned by Mondi, was concluded with the Amahlongwa and Amabomvini communities at a Hartbeespoort ceremony.

"The sale agreement with Mondi will set the tone for the resolution of claims on forestry land across the country," acting chief land claims commissioner Blessing Mphele said yesterday.

"We are pleased a settlement has been reached on terms which achieve empowerment of new farmers," said Mondi SA director Viv McMenamin.

There are about 739 forestry claims in South Africa.- Sapa.

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