The transformation of the Republic of South Africa as a result of the 1994
democratic elections included fundamental changes in a number of areas.
One such area is the restitution of land rights which, is part of government’s
attempt on land reform. Restitution of land rights is a process meant to restore land
to persons and communities which were forcefully removed from their land after
19 June 1913. The Makuleke Community is one of the first communities in South
Africa to regain their ancestral land. The significance of the successful land claim
is not only about ownership, it is more about the management and the sustainable
use of natural resource found on such land for the benefit of the community.