Land restitution in South Africa: our achievements and challenges | Land Portal

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Date of publication: 
Enero 2003
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ISBN / Resource ID: 
eldis:A13945

This paper examines the introduction of Restitution Act No 22 of 1994. The main aim of the Act was to provide for the restitution of land rights to persons or communities dispossessed after 19 June 1913 as a result of past racial discriminatory laws or practices. The paper examines the achievements and challenges that still remain.Achievements:in establishing the Act, the South African Government has taken a step in healing the wounds of the pastthis has been done in an orderly way under the rule of lawby world standards, South Africa has been on the fast lane in implementing restitution, considering the slow pace in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Estoniain 8 years, South Africa have settled more than 36 000 of the 79 000 valid claimsChallenges:contending with impossible claimants, current land owners, disputes, development challenges, administrative bottlenecks, capacity issues, public expectations and the shear size of the taskmeeting the Presidential directive and that is the intent to resolve all claims by 2005the integrated development path to restitution requires cooperation from more partners

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Author(s), editor(s), contributor(s): 

T. Gwanya

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