A multi million Rand development project which was going to see development happening on the Mpekweni River has been frozen.
partners Philip ’Price land, and Maitland his business Farm, has been the subject of a land claim since 1998, but he was only notified of this in 2011 after he had set in motion — and received across-the-board approvals for — a multimillionrand plan to develop part of it into a stunning eco-estate with 47 luxury homes on it.
Price and his partners bought the land in 1997 with a view to both farming and developing it. The potential tourism mecca is bordered by white sandy beaches and the beautiful Mpekweni River, and is home to some remarkable indigenous flora and fauna.
The farmhouse nestles between one of the biggest freshwater dams in the region on one side and the meandering Mpekweni River on the other.
When they initially kicked off the approvals process in 2006 — with the blessing of local communities — he received confirmation from all appropriate government entities that there was no land claim against it.
This likely happened because the land claims commission had already committed its first major blunder: it somehow “lost” the Prudhoe community’s land claim, submitted in 1998, which included both the Fish River Resort, Maitland Farm and about 20 other parcels of land.
The knock-on effect was disastrous and the land claims court — unaware of the Prudhoe claim — in 2010 awarded the Fish River resort and other land to the Amazizi community.
The Prudhoe community, with the help of the Legal Resources Centre, succeeded in having the judgment set aside and the process had to start anew — this time including the Prudhoe’s claim to the land with abundant proof that they were brutally removed from the land by the Ciskei government in the 1980s.
Content created and supplied by: LisaLoot (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More