Samuel Nkosi, Sekhukhune District Municipality Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Planning and Development, speaking during Communal Land Tenure Bill consultation at the O.A.T Lodge at Jane Furse on Tuesday.
JANE FURSE-With the aim to provide relevant stakeholders a platform to share ideas and give inputs on the Communal Land Tenure Bill, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) extended its Limpopo district municipalities’ consultation meetings to Sekhukhune on Tuesday.
The consultation session saw various stakeholders gathering at Laduma O.A.T Lodge at Jane Furse, Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality, with the aim to address issues of meaningful land ownership by communities.
Susan Maraba, DRDLR representative, said the consultation meeting intended to hear views of various stakeholders and get inputs on the Communal Land Tenure Bill before it could be passed into law.
Maraba said it was of utmost importance to consult relevant stakeholders and members of the community for the Communal Land Tenure Bill to be inclusive.
“The consultations’ aim is to get different views from stakeholders in order to see how the Communal Land Tenure Bill can be best made into law,” said Maraba.
Presenting the Communal Land Tenure Bill, Nditsheni Tshililo, DRDLR representative, said they were appreciative of the numbers stakeholders in Sekhukhune attended the session.
“We have been to other districts but we have not seen the turnout the people of Sekhukhune reached,” applauded Tshililo.
Khomotso Matjomane, Lepelle Workers Union representative, said they were pleased the session finally came to Sekhukhune.
Matjomane said it would help provide a platform to see how best corporatives such as his would move forward, and counter the current challenges faced, especially with regard to issues concerning land ownership.
Samuel Nkosi, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Planning and Development, said it was imperative to hold discussions around the bill so that everyone would be accommodated when it is passed into law.
Nkosi said the suggestions and views of the stakeholders carried weight in terms of meaningful security of tenure, which can be attained only through transfer of land to communities.