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Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, 2003 (Act No. 53 of 2003)

Industry Charters

Forest Sector Charter

15. Industry Specific Initiatives

15.2 Additional Instruments

15.2.7 Expediting restitution claims on forest land


The completion of the restitution process will facilitate the transfer of a substantial portion of state and private forestry land to previously disadvantaged communities and will bring greater stability to the forest industry. In the interest of the economy steps need to be taken to ensure the continued and sustainable use of such plantation areas for timber production


To this end:


Government, through DWAF, and other sector stakeholders undertake to:

(a) Work together with the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights (CRLR) in developing a national framework for the settlement of land claims to ensure the continued and sustainable use of existing plantation areas for timber production, and to provide for post-settlement support to the new owners of such land.


CRLR undertakes to:

(b) Expedite the settlement of land claims on forest land, with 90% of all land claims settled within 5 years of the signing of the Charter.