The Letlhakane Sub-Landboard under the Ngwato Landboard has warned plot owners that it is in the process of repossessing undeveloped residential, industrial, commercial plots, and ploughing fields in the 2011/2012 financial year.
Ngwato Landboard Principal Information and Public Relations Officer, Chandapiwa Baputaki, said that the landboard is still monitoring development of residential and business plots as well as ploughing that have passed their development time frame. She further stated that the plot owners have failed to fulfill their part of the contract to develop the plots within the time given as per the Development Covenant.
Bapukaki said as per the development covenant, applicants should take two years to have developed industrial and commercial plots effective from the date such plots were allocated, three years for ploughing fields and five years for residential plots.
“They are notified through mediums of communication, such as written individual letters as per the requirement of the Tribal Land Act, public notices in the media and at local Kgotla meetings of the affected villages,” she explained.
Baputaki said that the plots should be developed in accordance with the use for which they were applied for, within the specified time periods and there should be a complete dwelling irrespective of size or type, traditional house or modern structure for residential plots and commercial structures as prescribed by the type of commercial activity applied like workshop for textile application or garage.
She revealed that 139 plots will be re-allocated to those next on the waiting list, which has over 12,827 applicants and a high demand for commercial and industrial plots. Baputaki further stated that the landboard gave plot owners two years to develop industrial and commercial plots, effective from the date such plots were allocated, three years for ploughing fields and five years for residential plots.
“The plots have been legally allocated. We cannot cancel a right that we have not given. The plots date as far back as 1989,” said Baputaki.
She said this has always been a problem in the 15 sub-landboards that fall under Ngwato Landboard. Land repossession begins with a sub-landboard giving the concerned applicants a hearing and an extension of six months to develop their plots. In the event of failure, the main landboard gives another hearing and an extension of three months for residential plots, six months for business plots and 12 months for ranches.