After nearly 40 years, the Umgungundlovu community has got its land on the KwaZulu-Natal Wild Coast back, which includes the area on which the renowned Sun International casino and resort is built. This was after a landmark agreement was signed between the community, Sun International and the department of rural development and land reform this week. As part of this agreement — signed on Monday in Sandton — the community will now get back its pristine 700ha of Indian Ocean-facing land, and will be shareholders of, and receive rent for the land the multi-million Wild Coast Sun casino and resort was built upon. The community lodged a land claim with the post-apartheid government in 1996, and it was later accepted as valid. Thirty-seven years ago hundreds of Umgungundlovu families — many of whom were growers and livestock farmers and fishermen — were forcibly removed from their land to make way for the 430ha resort. Several years before that, hotel magnate Sol Kerzner had negotiated a ...

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