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The Mhlanganisweni community wants an order to return the land to them, and for the rural development and land reform minister to pay the game reserve owners R460m ONE of South Africa’s most expensive land claim cases, involving the world-renowned ecotourism MalaMala Game Reserve, is to be considered by the Constitutional Court.The current landowners value the land, which covers about 13,000ha, at just over R900m, or R70,000 per hectare.The Mhlanganisweni community wants an order to return the land to them, and for the rural development and land reform minister to pay the game reserve owners R460m.The Constitutional Court challenge centres on what is just and equitable compensation for the land being claimed.A ruling on the matter by the highest court in the country would determine the extent to which a court could deviate from market value in determining just and equitable compensation.The Mhlanganisweni community, which consists of about 2,000 people, has been trying for years to ...

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