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(From African Eye News Service (South-East Africa) - AAGM)
Byline: Craig Elyot
The validation of over 1 200 land claims in northern KwaZulu-Natal could pave the way for a R700-million big five game reserve.
The proposal for claimants in Weenen to receive title deeds and then lease them back to game reserve company Gongola Wildlife Reserve (GWR) promises to create hundreds of jobs and uplift one of the poorest parts of the province, said land claims commissioner Thabi Shange.
Done properly, the land claim could be engineered to allow a win-win settlement that is acceptable to both affluent farmers and indigent communities.