VS member to submit first claim!

VS member to submit first claim!

The leadership of VS met with Thami Mdontswa, Deputy Chief Land Claims Commissioner, in East London on 19 June 2014.

During this meeting, the Department of Rural Development and land Reform (DRDLR) gave an update on processes with respect to re-opening.  It was noted that a number of objections to the Bill had been received, but Mdontswa assured VS that these were being addressed and would not impede the progress of the Bill into law.

The DRLDR is hopeful that the Amendment Act will be gazetted by the end of the month, paving the way for the submission of the first claim by 1 July 2014.

The Department will host a national event, in East London, where the first claim will be submitted. A VS member will be the first person in the country to submit a land claim in this new round of lodgement.

We are very pleased that the Department has acknowledged, in this way, the role that VS has played in ensuring that land restitution claims are re-opened.