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DPWI signs release of land restitution claims

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The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure has confirmed that the department has signed off the release of land restitution claims in the North West, Western Cape and Mpumalanga provinces.

Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure (PWI), Patricia de Lille, on Monday, 2 August 2021, issued a statement on the approval of land releases, which is one step closer to the finalisation of land restitution for claimant communities and families. de Lille confirmed that she has signed off the release of various parcels of land to finalise land claims for claimants.

The minister stated that over the past two financial years, the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has made good progress in finalising its processes to approve the transfer of land for restitution claims, demonstrating its commitment to reversing the legacy of apartheid. de Lille also confirmed that during the 2019/20 financial year, she signed off the release of 161 land parcels measuring around 17 552 hectares and valued at over R185 million, in finalising restitution claims.

The minister further confirmed having signed off claims from the North West, the Western Cape and Mpumalanga for three claimant communities over the past month. In the North West, de Lille has signed for the release of seven properties; in the Western Cape, over 13 state-owned properties were signed off; and in Mpumalanga, she confirmed signing off 9 807 hectares.

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