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Taking Parliament to People, and People to Parliament
Select Committee on Environmental and Land Affairs
7 November 2000
Briefing by Chief Land Claims Commissioner and deliberations on Marine Living Resources Amendment Bill [B68 of 2000]
Documents handed out:
Report to the Select Committee on Land and Environmental Affairs (NCOP): A National Profile of the Restitution Process in South Africa
Commission on the Restitution of Land Rights: Memorandum from Mpumalanga and Northern Province
Presentation by the Commission on the Restitution of Land Rights - November 2000
Proposed Amendment to Bill B68 of 2000
Adv. Wallace Mgoqi, the Chief Land Claims Commissioner, briefed the Select Committee on Environmental and Land Affairs on the current status of land restitution in South Africa. The Committee then deliberated on the Marine Living Resources Amendment Bill [B68 of 2000] and subsequently approved the Bill.
The Chair, Rev P. Moatshe (ANC) introduced Adv. W Mgoqi, the Chief Land Claims Commissioner for South Africa. His presentation can be found in Appendix 1.
Rev. Chabaku (ANC) commented that the Committee is concerned with the grouping of Gauteng and the NorthWest Province into one Regional Commission. In her experience these are two of the most diverse provinces when it comes to land. She personally has also submitted a claim that crosses provincial boundaries. Who will take jurisdiction over this case? She also agreed that the Commission staff of 184 is not nearly enough for them to perform their job.
Mrs. Vilakazi (IFP) stated that she was worried about the extremely poor results in the Free State, the North West and Mpumalanga. What is the reason behind these poor numbers?
Mr. Taabe (ANC) asked whether a new commissioner had been picked for Mpumalanaga.
Adv. Mgoqi answered that the figures in the documents are not completely accurate, but they are close. The appointment of the Commissioner is a Ministerial responsibility, and the process is moving along. The Commission will be establishing new offices in Petersburg and in Nelspruit. No longer will Commissioners run the regional offices from Pretoria as was the case. Another staffing problem besides the lack thereof is that they are given one year contracts so the turnover is extremely high. This has created many organizational difficulties.
One of the members commented that there have been complaints that once a claim has been filed there is no longer any contact with the Commission's officials. Is this the case? He also stated that he had heard of an NGO who worked to try and help communities file claims. Has the commission worked with this NGO, and what is the possibility of replicating its work elsewhere?
Mr. Taabe (ANC) stated that the members were not pleased that the process of choosing a commissioner has been to look at the list of candidates from the last selection process (three months ago), and choose from amongst those who were not offered positions in the first round.
Adv. Mgoqi stated that the officials are supposed to maintain frequent contact with the claimants. They have formed project teams based on geography to help in this regard. The NGO "Nkosi" is an affiliate of the National Land Committee and has a good working relationship with the Commission. Nkosi is an example of an integrated approach to land claims issues.
Marine Living Resources Amendment Bill [B68 of 2000]
The Bill was presented to the Committee by Mr. Horst Kleinschmidt, the Director of Marine Coastal Management at the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT). He began by stating that the aim of the legislation was to extend the power of the Minster to grant licenses for fishing and other industry business. This will facilitate the continued development of new plans which the DEAT has begun to improve the adjudication process of license allocation. This legislation will provide the industry with stability while the changes are being made. The Director emphasized that this is a very limited piece of legislation.
Ms. Versfeld (DP) stated that she wished to propose an amendment to the legislation. Under the rules of a Section 75 Bill (which this one had been re-tagged after initially been deemed a Section 76 Bill) the Select Committee can propose amendments to the Portfolio Committee to consider. Ms. Versfeld was concerned that this legislation would automatically grant rights to those who had already held them. This would include those who should not have received them in the first place. She supports the notion that industry needs to go ahead but fears that there has been corruption that needs to be examined. Her amendment was as follows:
Add a section (c) onto 6 (a) and (b) which reads:
"Where evidence of irregularity relating to the allocation of any fishing rights and/or evidence of participation in the destruction of any marine resource, such fishing rights should immediately be suspended, pending the findings of a Judicial Committee of Inquiry or the findings of a court."
Ms. Versfeld (DP) continued that she knew of NGOs who were planning to take this issue to the Constitutional Court if it were not resolved through the legislative process. These court challenges could affect the industry even more, for the fourth time in as many years.
Mr. Mokoena (ANC) stated that it seems that Ms. Versfeld's amendment should be to the original act rather than to the Amendment to the act. What she is saying is important but it is not the right forum to raise the issue.
The Chair stated that he agreed with the Mr. Mokoena and that it seemed the Committee was in agreement on this issue.
Ms. Versfeld (DP) made the point that it was incredible that the Committee could spend two hours on a briefing by the Land Claims Commissioner, allow every member to ask as many questions as they wished, but that on a Bill to be approved they spent ten minutes and would not allow the State Law Advisors to answer her questions. She asked the committee to at least listen to the point she was making.
At this point the Chair cut off debate and called a vote party by party. All were in favour of the Bill except for the DP who abstained. The Select Committee approved the Bill.
The meeting was adjourned.
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REPORT TO THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON LAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS (NCOP)
A NATIONAL PROFILE OF THE RESTITUTION PROCESS IN SOUTH AFRICA.
THE RESTITUTION PROCESS IN SOUTH AFRICA IS IN ITS SIXTH YEAR NOW, SINCE IT STARTED WITH THE PASSAGE OF THE RESTITUTION OF LAND RIGHTS ACT. 22 OF 1994, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COMMISSION IN MARCH 1995 AND THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE LODGEMENT OF LAND CLAIMS IN MAY 1995.
2. THE LODGEMENT PERIOD
THE LODGEMENT PERIOD WAS ORIGINALLY MEANT TO RUN FOR THREE YEARS, FROM MAY 1995 UNTIL APRIL 1998. HOWEVER, DUE TO APPEALS FROM THE WIDER PUBLIC AND LAND NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS, PARLIAMENT ENACTED AN EXTENSION OF THE PERIOD UNTIL DECEMBER 1998.
3. THE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
THIS WAS CHARACTERISED BY A VIGOROUS COUNTRYWIDE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, COVERING EVERY INCH OF SOUTH AFRICAN SOIL, PRINTED MEDIA, AND TELEVISION, TO INFORM THE USING RADIO, THE PUBLIC, IN GENERAL AND POTENTIAL CLAIMANTS, IN PARTICULAR, THAT THE CUT-OFF DATE HAD BEEN EXTENDED TO 31 DECEMBER, 1998.
THE LODGEMENT AWARENESS CAMPAIGN WAS A RESOUNDING SUCCESS, AS IT BROUGHT IN APPROXIMATELY THIRTY THOUSAND (30, 000) CLAIMS INTO THE PROCESS BY 31 DECEMBER 1998.
4. THE PREVIOUS REPORT
THE LAST REPORT, ON THE RESTITUTION PROCESS WAS PRESENTED TO THE
PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE IN THE FORM OF THE ANNUAL REPORT, MARCH 2000.
THAT REPORT REFLECTED, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THAT WHILST THE
RESTITUTION PROCESS HAD BEEN PAINFULLY SLOW OVER THE FIRST FOUR YEARS, IT HAS BEEN CHARACTERISED BY MUCH FASTER DELIVERY SINCE JUNE 1999.
OVER THIS PERIOD, JUNE 1999 UNTIL MARCH 2000, THERE WAS AN EXPONENTIAL INCREASE IN THE PACE OF DELIVERY FROM 41 CLAIMS IN FOUR YEARS TO 3916 CLAIMS SIX MONTHS LATER.
5. MAJOR STRIDES IN THE RESTITUTION
IT IS A FACT THAT MAJOR QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE STRIDES HAVE BEEN MADE IN THE PAST SIX MONTHS, (APRIL - SEPTEMBER 2000) IN ADVANCING RESTITUTION DELIVERY.
THERE IS A CONTINUING INCREASE IN THE PACE OF DELIVERY. BY MARCH 2000, 3916 CLAIMS HAD BEEN SETTLED, 220 CLAIMS HAD BEEN REJECTED.
BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER 2000, SIX MONTHS LATER, 6,525 CLAIMS HAD
BEEN SETTLED IN FAVOUR OF CLAIMANTS.
THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CLAIM FORMS RESOLVED IS 6 740. A BREAKDOWN OF
FINALISED CLAIMS PER PROVINCE IS AS FOLLOWS:
2897 EASTERN CAPE
1 FREE STATE
9 NORTHERN CAPE
361 NORTH WEST
2 NORTHERN PROVINCE
1024 WESTERN CAPE
6. RESTITUTION COST
THE COST OF RESTITUTION HAS AMOUNTED TO THE FOLLOWING:
LAND COST - R131,073 MILLION
MONETARY COMPENSATION - R144,596 MILLION
7. HECTARES OF LAND RESTORED
LAND RESTORED BY ORDERS OF THE LAND CLAIMS COURT AMOUNTS TO
LAND RESTORED BY MINISTERIAL APPROVAL (ACCORDING TO THE POWERS VESTED IN THE MINISTER IN TERMS OF SECTION 42 D OF THE RESTITUTION OF
LAND RIGHTS ACT, 22 OF 1994, AS AMENDED) AMOUNTS TO 94,501 HECTARES. THE TOTAL HECTARES OF LAND RESTORED IS 268,306 HECTARES.
8.RESTITUTION TARGETS FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR ENDING MARCH1 2001.
IN THE INTEREST OF ADVANCING THE RESTITUTION PROCESS IN A PROGRAMMATIC MANNER, THE COMMISSION HAS FOR THE FIRST TIME SET ITSELF BENCHMARKS, OTHER THAN THE NUMBER OF CLAIMS SETTLED. THESE ARE NOT ONLY QUANTITATIVE, BUT ALSO QUALITATIVE BENCHMARKS.
THE AIM IS TO INCREASE THE PRESENT FIGURE IN TERMS OF THE NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS TO 100,000 HOUSEHOLDS BY MARCH 2001.
TO INCREASE THE PRESENT NUMBER OF BENEFICIARIES OF THE RESTITUTION PROCESS TO 250,000 BENEFICIARIES BY MARCH 2001.
TO INCREASE THE PRESENT NUMBER OF HECTARES OF RESTORED LAND TO 500,000 HECTARES BY MARCH 2001.
9. THE QUALITY OF SETTLEMENTS
QUALITATIVELY, SETTLEMENTS ARE CHARACTERISED BY LINKING
RESTITUTION, AND THE RESTORATION OF LAND, WITH DEVELOPMENT. THIS
MAY TAKE THE FORM OF RESTORATION OF LAND IN SERVICED SITES, WITH
BENEFICIARIES HAVING AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN A HOUSING DEVELOPMENT. IN OTHER CASES, ESPECIALLY RURAL CLAIMS, THE
CLAIMANTS MAY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY WITH REGARD TO AGRICULTURAL
DEVELOPMENT. YET IN OTHER INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT, SUCH AS WATER RETICULATION ELECTRIFICATION/TELEPHONES, CASES THE SETTLEMENT MAY INVOLVE, ROADS, FENCING, CREATION OF COMMUNITY
FACILITIES, SUCH AS SCHOOLS, CLINICS1 MULTI-PURPOSE COMMUNITY HALLS.
AVERAGE/COST PER CLAIMANT
10. INTEGRATED PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION
THE INTEGRATED PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION IN RESTITUTION BRINGS TOGETHER ALL RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, NATIONAL,
PROVINCIAL AND LOCAL, ALL ORGANS OF STATE, PARASTATALS AND OTHER
STATUTORY BODIES, ORGANS OF CIVIL SOCIETY, NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS AND COMMUNITY BASED ORGANISATIONS1 THE PRIVATE
SECTOR AND DONORS. THIS IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE DUTY OF CO-
OPERATIVE GOVERNANCE TO ENSURE INTEGRATED AND SUSTAINABLE SERVICE DELIVERY.
11. STATUS OF THE RESTITUTION PROCESS.
A SNAPSHOT OF THE ACTIVE RESTITUTION CLAIMS WILL SHOW THE FOLLOWING:
1. RESEARCH STAGE
CLAIMS AT THE RESEARCH STAGE: 492
2. VALIDATION STAGE
CLAIMS AT THE VALIDATION STAGE: 3,883
3. GAZETTING STAGE
CLAIMS AT GAZETTING STAGE: 5, 555
4. NEGOTIATION STAGE
CLAIMS AT NEGOTIATION STAGE: 272
5. MANDATE AND FINAL STAGE
CLAIMS AT MANDATE AND FINAL STAGE ARE 40
* GROUP CLAIMS ARE REPRESENTED AS SINGLE CLAIMS. THESE CLAIMS USUALLY REPRESENT SEVERAL (HUNDREDS OR THOUSANDS) OF CLAIMS.
12. STRATEGIES FOR SPEEDING up DELIVERY
HAVING REGARD TO THE LENGTH OF TIME SINCE PEOPLE LODGED THEIR
CLAIMS, THE INHERENT SLOW PACE OF THE RESTITUTION PROCESS1 THE EVER RISING LEVELS OF FRUSTRATION OF PEOPLE WHOSE CLAIMS HAVE NOT EVEN BEEN ATTENDED TO, THE COMMISSION HAS ASKED TO DEVISE STRATEGIES TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS. THESE INCLUDE:
- GROUPING OF CLAIMS IN A PARTICULAR GEOGRAPHIC AREA SO THAT THEY
CAN BE PROCESSED SIMULTANEOUSLY. THE RESTITUTION ACT MAKES
THIS PERMISSIBLE, ALSO IN THE INTEREST OF A JUDICIOUS USE OF STATE RESOURCES.
- EMPOWERMENT OF CLAIMANTS DURING THE CLAIMS VALIDATION PROCESS. MAKING THE PROCESS OPEN AND TRANSPARANT, ENCOURAGING
PARTICIPATION ON THE PART OF CLAIMANTS, PROVIDING AS MUCH INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE, TO ENABLE CLAIMANTS TO MAKE INFORMED
DECISIONS IS IN ITSELF EMPOWERING AND CONTRIBUTES TO SPEEDING UP
THE PACE OF DELIVERY.
- RIGOROUS AND VIGOROUS USE OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPROACH (NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENTS) IS ACCELERATING DELIVERY.
- METICULOUSLY FOLLOWING THE PROVISIONS OF THE LAW WITH REGARD
TO SETTLEMENT OF CLAIMS BY AGREEMENT. SO AS TO ENSURE THAT THE
MINISTER EXERCISES THE POWERS VESTED IN HER LAWFULLY, HAS SEEN
THE RESTITUTION PROCESS ADVANCING IN LEAPS AND BOUNDS.
- PREFERRING AND DRIVING THIS METHOD OF NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENTS
AS AGAINST ADJUDICATION THROUGH THE LAND CLAIMS COURT, HAS ALSO
SEEN THE RESTITUTION PROCESS INCREASING THE PACE EXPONENTIALLY.
13. LINKING RESTITUTION DEVELOPMENT
THIS ENCOURAGES CLAIMANTS IN PARTICULAR TO BE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT
THE PROCESS AND THE PRODUCT IT IS LIKELY TO DELIVER, THAT ENTHUSIASM AND ENERGY GO A LONG WAYIN SPEEDING UP WHAT OTHERWISE WOULD HAVE BEEN A LETHARGIC AND PATHETICALLY SLOW PROCESS.
14. INTEGRATED PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION
THE BRINGING TOGETHER OF A WIDE RANGE OF ROLE PLAYERS, NATIONAL
PROVINCIAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT NGO'S, CBO'S, THE PRIVATE SECTOR
AND THE DONOR COMMUNITY, GOES A LONG WAY IN ENSURING THAT RESTITUTION DELIVERS SPEEDILY AND SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS. AGAIN THE
ENTHUSIASM AND ENERGY BROUGHT INTO THE PROCESS BY EVERY ROLE
PLAYER, WHEN THEY CAN SEE THE CONTRIBUTION EACH ONE CAN MAKE TO
THIS HISTORICAL PROCESS COMBINED TO SPEED UP THE PACE OF DELIVERY.
ONCE THE PARTIES ARE ABLE TO FIND SOME COMMON GROUND THEY ARE
ABLE TO MOVE, IN ONE STEP AND DRIVE THE CLAIM JOINTLY TO A POINT OF FINALITY.
PRACTICAL EXAMPLES OF THIS ARE THE PHEEHA COMMUNITY IN THE RURAL
AREAS OF THE NORTHERN PROVINCE, WHERE THE NGO NKUZI WORKED VERY
CLOSELY WITH THE COMMISSION UNTIL THE CLAIM WAS RESOLVED. ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS THE CHATHA SETTLEMENT CLAIM IN THE RURAL AREAS OF THE EASTERN CAPE WHERE THE NGO, BORDER RURAL COMMITTEE PARTNERED WITH THE COMMISSION IN THAT REGION UNTIL THE CLAIM WAS SUCCESSFULLY RESOLVED.
THERE IS AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT WORLDWIDE THAT VOLUNTARY
ORGAN ISATIONS, BY REASON OF THEIR PROXIMITY TO THE PEOPLE IN
COMPARISON TO GOVERNMENT STRUCTURES MAY HAVE A UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION TO MAKE TOWARDS SERVICE DELIVERY. PHILLIPINE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY HAD THE FOLLOWING TO SAY WITH REGARD TO THIS CO-OPERATION:
"UNDER A CO-OPERATIVE ATMOSPHERE THE NGO'S COULD DISCOVER
UNPRECEDENTED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVING MANAGEMENT AND
TECHNICAL CAPABILITIES AND CAN BECOME MORE THEIR ASSISTANCE TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS ON THE GOVERNMENT, ON THE OTHER HAND WOULD BE ABLE TO SERVICES TO THE PEOPLE MORE EFFICIENTLY".
THERE IS AN INTERDEPENDENCE BETWEEN THESE TWO SECTORS , THE VOLUNTARY NON GOVERNMENTAL SECTOR OR CIVIL SOCIETY ON THE ONE HAND, AND GOVERNMENT ON THE OTHER HAND. CONSCIOUS OF THIS INTERDEPENDENCE, IT IS INCUBEMENT UPON THE PLAYERS' INVOLVED
TO NURTURE THIS INTERDEPEDENCE AND FIND CREATIVE AND IMAGINATIVE WAYS TO SPEED UP SERVICE DELIVERY TO THE PEOPLE.
COMMENTING ON THE RESOLUTION OF THE CHATHA BEUERMENT CLAIM
THROUGH THE RESTITUTION PROGRAMME, ASHLEY WESTAWAY, DIRECTOR OF THE BORDER RURAL COMMITTEE, EASTERN CAPE, HAD THE FOLLOWING TO SAY IN THE MAIL AND GUARDIAN, 6-13 OCTOBER 2000.
"THIS IS NOT THE TIME FOR THE LAND REFORM COMMUNITY IN SOUTH AFRICA TO FURTHER ENGAGE IN BITTER AND ABSTRACT DEBATE AND THEREBY CONTINUE TO RUPTURE AND WEAKEN ITSELF, RATHER IT IS NECESSARY FOR US TO GET OUT OF OUR OFFICES AND INTO THE RURAL COMMUNITIES TO DELIVER LAND REFORM."
15. ROLING OUT ON CLAIMS WHERE POLICY HAS BECOME CLEAR
THERE ARE CLAIMS WHICH ARE SIMILAR, SUCH AS BETTERMENT CLAIMS OR
LABOUR TENANCY CLAIMS, AND WHERE A POLICY APPROACH HAS BEEN
CLARIFIED. ALL THAT REMAINS IS A ROLLOUT PLAN OF ACTION ON THOSE
CLAIMS AND GET THEM SETTLED AND OUT OF THE WAY. WE HAVE ALREADY
STARTED DOING THIS AND MORE ACTION WILL BE SEEN IN THE COMING WEEKS AND MONTHS.
THE ROLL-OUT ACTION WILL BE IN THE AREAS OF BETTERMENT CLAIMS,
LABOUR TENANCY CLAIMS AND CLAIMS WHICH COULD BE SETTLED THROUGH THE USE OF STATE LAND, INCLUDING MILITARY BASES EARMARKED AND TARGETED FOR CONVERSION FOR SOCIAL PURPOSES, PRE-EMINENTLY IN RURAL CASES, INVOLVING THE POOREST OF THE POOR.
LARGE NUMBERS OF HOUSEHOLDS, A LARGE NUMRER OF RENEFICIARIES AND LARGE HECTARES OF LAND.
THE FOCUS ON THIS CATEGORY OF CLAIMS CONSISTENT WITH THE
PROVISIONS OF THE ACT, AS REGARDS PRIORITISATION WILL ALSO
CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS CORRECTING THE SKEWED PATTERNS OF LAND
OWNERSHIP IN THIS COUNTRY.
16 RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN RESTITUTION
16.1 THE INTEGRATED PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION APPROACH
MINISTER THOKO DIDIZA IN HER POLICY SETTING STATEMENT IN FEBRUARY
2000. EMPHASIZED, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE IMPORTANCE OF RESTITUTION WORKING IN CLOSER RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND OTHER SPHERES OF GOVERNMENT.
- CONSULTATION WITH LAND AND AGRICULTRUE MEC'S.
- ESTABLISHMENT OF DISTRICT FORUMS BRINGING TOGETHER ROLE
PLAYERS IN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT, PROVINCIAL, LOCAL AND DISTRICT COUNCIL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT.
- CURRENTLY THERE ARE EXISTING RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
16.2 PLAN TO VALIDATE ALL CLAIMS BY DECEMBER 2001
THE VALIDATION CAMPAIGN IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY IN THE OFFICES OF
THE COMMISSION ON RESTITUTION OF LAND RIGHTS. THE TARGET DATE IS SET FOR 31 DECEMBER 2001.
THE GOAL IS TO VALIDATE ALL CLAIMS LODGED BY THE TARGET DATE OF 31
DECEMBER 2001. ONCE ALL THE CLAIMS HAVE BEEN VALIDATED, IT WILL BE
POSSIBLE TO MEASURE IT ACCURATELY AGAINST THE LODGED RESTITUTION
CLAIMS. THIS WILL ENABLE THE COMMISSION ON RESTITUTION OF LAND
RIGHTS TO DETERMINE MORE REALISTICALLY THE PROGRESS MADE WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RESTITUTION PROGRAMME. THE MAJOR
CONSTRAINT IS THE PERENNIAL PROBLEM OF THE AVAILABILITY OF ADEQUATE FINANCIAL RESOURCES. DONOR FUNDING IS BEING SOUGHT IN THIS REGARD.
16.3 RESTRUCTURING AND REGULARISING THE APPOINTMENT OF
STAFF IN THE COMMISSION. RATIONALISING THE USE OF AVAILABLE RESOURCES BY, AMONG OTHER THINGS ENGAGING ADDITIONAL COMMISSIONERS, ONE FOR MPUMALANGA AND ANOTHER FOR NORTHERN PROVINCE, TO ENSURE THAT THE RESTITUTION PROCESS IS SPEEDED UP
IN THESE TWO PROVINCES, AS WELL AS ENGAGING ADDITIONAL STAFF TO COPE WITH THE VOLUME OF WORK.
16.4 ENCOURAGING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF DISTRICT FORUMS; WHERE
COMMISSION PROJECT TEAMS COLLABORATE WITH CLAIMANTS, CURRENT
LAND OWNERS PROVINCIAL DISTRICT AND MUNICIPAL ROLE PLAYERS IN
KEEPING WITH THE IMPERATIVE OF AN INTEGRATED SERVICE DELIVERY, THUS ENSURING QUALITY PRODUCTS AND OUTCOMES.
16.5 PRIORITISATION OF CLAIMS ACCORDING TO PRESCRIBED PRIORITISATION CRITERIA IN THE RESTITUTION ACT, AND IN RELATION TO NATIONAL,PROVINCIAL AND LOCAL NEEDS.
A MINISTERIAL DIRECTIVE, CONSISTENT WITH THE RURAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE AND THE PRIORITISATION GUIDELINES OF THE RESTITUTION ACT,
EMPHASISING CASES WITH "A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF PERSONS, OR PERSONS WHO HAVE SUFFERED SUBSTANTIAL LOSSES AS A RESULT OF
DISPOSESSION OR PERSONS WITH PARTICULARLY PRESSING NEEDS" IS BEING IMPLEMENTED WITH VIGOUR AND ZEAL.
16.6 PRIORITISATION OF CLAIMS, IN KEEPING WITH THE PRESIDENT RURAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE IN PROVINCES WHERE OBJECT POVERTY IS MOST PREVALENT, SUCH AS THE NORTHERN PROVINCE, KWAZULU-NATAL, EASTERN CAPE AND FREE STATE.
16.7 IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STANDARD SETTLEMENT OFFER POLICY, ESPECIALLY IN URBAN AREAS, TO SPEED UP THE SETTLEMENT OF CLAIMS.
16.8 IMPLEMENTATION OF THE POLICY ON BETTERMENT CLAIMS, AS HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE WITH THE MINISTERIAL APPROVAL OF THE CHATHA RURAL CLAIM IN THE EASTERN CAPE.
16.9 IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LABOUR TENANCY, POLICY ON LABOUR TENANCY CLAIMS AS THESE FALL WITHIN THE AMBIT OF RESTITUTION.
16.10 ACESSING STATE LAND, INCLUDING THE MILITARY BASES, EARMARKED AND TARGETED FOR CONVERSION FROM MILITARY USE TO USE FOR SOCIAL PURPOSES.
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