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Title:Land of Dreams: Land Restitution on the Eastern Shores of Lake St. Lucia
Author:Walker, Cherryl
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
land reform
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Abstract:From the 1950s to the early 1980s some 1,200 Zulu-speaking households were removed from what now is the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (GSLWP), a World Heritage site stretching along the northern reaches of the KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) coastline. The claims of the dispossessed to this land first began to receive serious recognition from national policymakers in the early 1990s, during a hard-fought battle between conservationists and mining interests. The conservationists won a qualified victory in 1996, when the new, postapartheid government decided in favour of conservation linked to ecotourism as the development strategy for the region. Today the legacy of forced population removals remains one of the biggest challenges facing the GSLWP Authority. Amongst others, there are tensions between those people whom the postapartheid State has recognized as legitimate land claimants and other, neighbouring groups who do not have direct ancestral ties to conservation land. This paper explores these issues as they weave themselves through one of the pivotal land claims in this region - that of the Bhangazi or Mbuyazi people to the eastern shores of Lake St Lucia. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]