Families get justice 37 years after forced removals to build Wild Coast resort

Families who were forcibly removed to make way for Wild Coast resort nearly 40 years have finally got justice.

The uMgungundlovu community has been given back the land on the KwaZulu-Natal Wild Coast after a landmark settlement agreement.

This land includes the area on which the renowned Sun International Casino and Resort is built.

The agreement was signed between the community, Sun International and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform last week.

The agreement will see the claimants receive all 700 hectares of the land back, a 28.4% shareholding in the resort, a cash-payout, and monthly rental sum for the land the multi-million rand resort was built upon.

Human rights lawyer Richard Spoor, who represented the land claimants, explains that the community will lease the portion of land where the casino and resort have been built.

Spoor explains how the settlement was reached.

They are getting all the land back, but they will lease the part where the casino and resort are.

Richard Spoor, CEO at Richard Spoor Inc. Attorneys

The rest of the land will be made available for development.

Richard Spoor, CEO at Richard Spoor Inc. Attorneys

It's been a very long road. The claim was lodged a very long time ago. It's been close on 20 years.

Richard Spoor, CEO at Richard Spoor Inc. Attorneys

The claimants were organised as a communal property association (CPA).

Richard Spoor, CEO at Richard Spoor Inc. Attorneys

We've put a lot of effort in ensuring good governance and accountability... There are proper controls and records.

Richard Spoor, CEO at Richard Spoor Inc. Attorneys

Listen to the discussion on The John Maytham Show:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
TIA on mission to grow SA's economy by funding technological innovation

TIA on mission to grow SA's economy by funding technological innovation

The Technology Innovation Agency has established three different funds to offer specific assistance to viable projects.

Online portal 'YouStudent' matches young people with fitting study, career paths

Online portal 'YouStudent' matches young people with fitting study, career paths

YouStudent is designed to help parents and students choose an appropriate career path using a holistic assessment process.

Don't get distracted - govt has failed to fix SA schools, says Equal Education

Don't get distracted - govt has failed to fix SA schools, says Equal Education

Equal Education says South Africans mustn't be distracted by promises of quick fixes as politicians try to score election points.

Eskom: WhatsApp message about Thursday 'blackout' is fake news

Eskom: WhatsApp message about Thursday 'blackout' is fake news

Eskom's head of generation, Andrew Etzinger, says the WhatsApp message doing the rounds about a blackout is misinformation.

Eskom and authorities have to plan for worst case scenario, says energy expert

Eskom and authorities have to plan for worst case scenario, says energy expert

Analyst Chris Yelland says South Africans should be comforted and not alarmed by the fact that Eskom has made contingency plans.

Survey finds majority of SA supports land reform, Prof Ruth Hall explains

Survey finds majority of SA supports land reform, Prof Ruth Hall explains

Prof Ruth Hall says there seems to be growing political demand for land reform and declining satisfaction with government efforts.

Popular articles
Eskom: WhatsApp message about Thursday 'blackout' is fake news

Eskom: WhatsApp message about Thursday 'blackout' is fake news

Eskom's head of generation, Andrew Etzinger, says the WhatsApp message doing the rounds about a blackout is misinformation.

Distraught caller describes harrowing experience on Baden Powell Drive

Distraught caller describes harrowing experience on Baden Powell Drive

A CapeTalk caller explained to Lester Kiewit how he went through flames and over rocks, and debris to escape his car being stoned.

What's next with Jacob Zuma's corruption charges trial?

What's next with Jacob Zuma's corruption charges trial?

Investigative journalist, Karyn Maughan, reflects on a year since charges against former President Jacob Zuma were reinstated.

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Eskom has warned that more power cuts can be expected as maintenance continues over the next twelve months.