Ramaphosa and his government is responsible for and behind all land invasions .. do you see any infrastructures, toilets, any other services at – refer to other photos. Brandnew houses on those lands and it is mostly to create racism conflicts.
Grondbesettings word met opset gedoen om rassehaat aan te moedig. MEESTE grondbesitters is swart en die grondgebiede, veral landbougebiede is oor die algemeen blanke eienaars wie dan gedreig en bedreig word. Dis nie om dowe neute dat besetters soos miere inval en alle “huise” waarmee beset word is nuwe toerusting. Iemand finansier hierdie tipe sinkgeboue wat sonder toilette gebou word sodat die boer of eienaar ekstra onkomstes moet aangaan, in howe om die besetters an plase af te kry. Hoekom word bekende politici of rykes se grond/huise dan nie beset nie?
Stellenbosch farmland invasions
Louiesenhof was part of the farm Koopmanskloof which belonged to my father W S Smit (senior). The deed to the farm Koopmanskloof was issued in 1701. The Cape Dutch Homestead on Koopmanskloof was built in 1801.
My great grandfather bought Koopmanskloof in 1896. He farmed with wheat, cattle and grapes. Records in an inventory of around 1860 indicate that Koopmanskloof also distilled brandy in those early days, making it one of the very early Cape distilleries. My father started farming on Koopmanskloof in 1948 and increased the farm acreage to 640 hectares under vines. This made it the biggest wine producing estate in South-Africa.
In 1993, I purchased the portion of Koopmanskloof now called Louiesenhof from my father. We then formed a trust involving Watergang Farm, Louiesenhof Small Holding and the Watergang Cellar. After purchasing Louiesenhof I immediately started with a soil analysis of the farm to be able to replant the slopes bordering the Papegaaiberg and running over to Devon Valley, with top quality cultivars in the most ideal soil types.
The original cellar on the farm is rented out and therefore I installed another smaller cellar, especially for the production of quality Louiesenhof wines. Louiesenhof bottled wines were launched on the South African market in August 1996. We are a member of the Stellenbosch Wine Route, the South African Brandy Route and also the South African Exporters Association.
Over 100 structures had been erected on Watergang farm in Stellenbosch. The court has ordered the landowner to only remove ‘unoccupied’ structures.
The order authorises the removal of unoccupied structures and forbids any additional structures to be built on the site. It does not authorise the removal of occupied structures so those living on the land can stay for now. Sunday saw the removal of the empty structures and unused materials. Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk, stated:
“Police acted in execution of the court interdict which limited the Sheriff to only removing material of people not yet residing on the property, but had intended to erect a structure on the property.”
Van Wyk added that only the building materials of those who did not voluntarily remove their building materials were confiscated. Local traffic officials were stationed at an intersection to intercept and prevent vehicles carrying building materials to Watergang. Law enforcement agencies, including the Public Order Police, were present to monitor the situation and to prevent further occupation.
The interdict was not the first, but the second that the owner had to obtain in order to prevent unauthorised settlement. In May, to prevent unlawful settlements on municipality-owned land, the municipality had to obtain interdicts.
“The farmer had an interdict against the invaders somewhere in April/May and they moved out. This is a second attempt,” said Van Wyk.
A possible sale of Watergang is currently being negotiated between the owner and the municipality. Stellenbosch has been trying to move residents of Kayamandi, in blocks, to a Temporary Relocation Area (TRA) in order to carry out improvements to utilities and services in the area. Due to the possible exposure to electrical wires and other safety hazards, temporary relocation of residents was a must. The plan is that they would move back, and the next block of residents would move to the TRA until the entire suburb’s utilities had been upgraded.
Unfortunately, attempted occupations of municipal and privately-owned land saw unrest in Kayamandi started in May. Damages were done to the TRA structures and contractors, in fear of their own safety, refused to go on site until things had calmed down.
In order to enable contractors to restart the TRA project, Mettler shared that the municipality is in community consultations to guarantee safe working conditions.
“We would like to finish as [soon as] possible with the TRA,” said Mettler.
Residents voiced their fears in May; during a March to the town hall. They believe that if they agreed to relocate to the TRA, they would be unable to return to their permanent homes. The residents also felt that instead of spending money on the TRA, the municipality should have bought them land to build on. About 22,000 people are on the Stellenbosch municipality’s housing waiting list.
ALL AND MOSTLY NEW “BUILDING” SHACK EQUIPMENT – FROM WHERE – WHO GAVE IT TO THEM?
More than a hundred structures are erected virtually overnight, neatly spaced out and all shining in brand new corrugated steel. Now to build a hundred structures simultaneously will require how many builders with complete sets of tools, timber for the frameworks, supervisors to site the structures and trucks to deliver the materials on site? Somebody gave those building material to them for sure.
Land invaders have built hundreds of unauthorized shacks on property belonging to a private winery in the heart of South Africa’s wine country in the Western Cape.
Stellenbosch, South Africa, Aug 8 (efe-epa).- Land invaders have built hundreds of unauthorized shacks on property belonging to a private winery in the heart of South Africa’s wine country in the Western Cape, leading to growing tensions as authorities scramble to find a solution to the stand-off, an efe-epa correspondent reported Wednesday. Rows of basic corrugated iron huts sprung up on the fallow land near Stellenbosch when residents from the town’s overcrowded and impoverished community of Kayamandi decided to expand onto adjacent territory, which is privately owned by the Louiesenhof Wines, a family company that according to its website was founded in 1701.
KAYAMANDI – STELLENBOSCH
Kayamandi in Stellenbosch