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26 June 2013

Legal: Avalanche Of New Land Claims Expected

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill, 2013 (Bill) was published for comment on 23 May 2013, with comments due by 23 June 2013. The Bill proposes certain significant amendments to the Restitution of Land Rights Act 22 of 1994 (Act), most notably allowing for land claims to again be submitted, despite the current cut-off date having long expired almost 15 years ago. The new period for lodging claims will be until 31 December 2018.

Sandra Gore, Director in the Environmental Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr explains, “The proposed amendment was timed to mark the centenary of the Natives Land Act 27 of 1913 (NLA), which proclaimed 87 per cent of South Africa’s land for white ownership only.

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