Final research report on various land claims (the so-called Kiepersol Communities), Mbombela Local Municipality, Ehlanzeni District, Mpumalanga Province


Archaetnos cc was appointed by the Office of the State Attorney in Pretoria, on behalf of the Regional Land Claim Commission for the Mpumalanga Province, to conduct a thorough investigative research process related to land claims in the Kiepersol/Hazyview area, located in the Mbombela Local Municipality of the Mpumalanga Province. Various claims, some competing or overlapping, has been lodged on various farms in the area. All relevant records pertaining to these claims as well as the history and archaeology of the area had to be scrutinized, while in loco inspections of sites indicated by the claimants as evidence of their residence in, use of and link to the claimed properties also had to be undertaken.

A first report (AE 1198) contained the results of a summary of information contained in files and other documents (such as Claim Forms and Acceptance Reports) provided by the State Attorney’s Office and the Mpumalanga RLCC. Two subsequent reports (AE11125 & AE01205P) contained the results of the in loco site inspections carried out in conjunction with the claimants and some of the land owners, the claimants’ legal counsel and members of the RLCC during November 2011 and January 2012.

This final report aims at providing a summary of all information recorded, as well as coming to a conclusion regarding the validity of the claims as far as is possible. Archaetnos also obtained the services of Past Matters, a Historical & Heritage Research Consultancy, to conduct detailed archival, deeds and background historical research on the area and the farms claimed. The results of their research are contained in this report, and will be provided as a separate document to the client.

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A.J. Pelser - Accredited member of ASAPA