Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Namibian land rights registration
AllAfrica.com recently included a story from the New Era that reports an extension of the deadline for registration of claims in Namibia under the Communal Land Reform Act. The law provides for registration and recognition of customary land rights, including the right to a farming unit, residential unit and other forms of customary tenure. The story says that two thousand customary land rights have been approved since March 2003, when applications for registration and recognition of existing customary land rights began. Kavango region has 40000 estimated rights and 4500 pending applications. Two new projects proposed for registration of customary land rights are Oshikuku in Omusati and Sibbinda in Caprivi region. Oshikuku and Sibbinda have approximately 1000 and 2000 households respectively. In HOORC's Library you can find The politics of land reform in Africa : from communal tenure to free markets by Ambreena Manji.