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Location: Gauteng and North West Province

The village itself - the 'burg' - is tiny, little more than a hamlet nestled among the lovely foothills of the 'berg', a ridge that runs some 120 kilometres from a point west of Rustenberg to an area east of Pretoria. The Magaliesberg uplands, though they rise little more than 300 metres above the surrounding, flattish countryside, have a distinctive beauty of their own and, in the more precipitous parts, even grandeur. The summer rains are usually generous, and the wooded upper slopes a source of crystal streams that feed into the northward-flowing tributaries of the Limpopo River. The air in the park-like valleys is limpid, warm, even on winter days.

The Magaliesberg range is barely an hour's drive from Pretoria and Johannesburg, many of whose residents escape the suffocation of city life each weekend for the relaxing tranquillity of a region that, beyond the busy playground of Hartbeespoort Dam, is still largely (on the higher ground) unspoilt wilderness, a place where vultures wheel elegantly in the rising thermals, where there is solitude and the splendour of far vistas. Lower down, on the plains, there are prosperous looking farms, small-holdings and nurseries that meet the demands of the ever-demanding Witwatersrand market for peaches, oranges, vegetables and cut flowers.


Water, warmth and the lushness these created combined to attract a profusion of game animals to the region in bygone years. The elephants, in particular, were a magnet for the early white hunters, who came with their guns for the killing sport and knew the place as the Cashan Mountains. They were followed by Voortrekker pastoralists, hardy families bent on taming and settling the land, which they managed to do following a series of brutal and ultimately successful clashes with Mzilikazi's impis in the late 1830s. They then renamed the region after the local chieftain Mohali, or Magali. Later still came the prospectors - men had sensed that there was gold in the hills long before the massive Witwatersrand deposits were discovered to the east, and you can still see, here and there, the old stamp mills and machinery rusting away in the hot middleveld sun. A century and more ago, too, Paul Kruger, the Transvaal republican president, liked to holiday in the area: the cottage that houses the village curio shop served as one of the old patriarch's hunting lodges. And when war came in 1899, Boer and Briton skirmished fiercely in the hills and valleys, bequeathing posterity some stirring legends of valour and endurance.

The village and surrounds

A fair number of talented, slightly off-beat and highly individual people have chosen to make the small centre of Magaliesburg their permanent home. The arts and crafts thrive in the area, and, together with the scenic beauty and the scatter of excellent hotels and guest-houses, provide the thrust of the local tourism drive. Even more artists and craftsmen can be found at work along the Crocodile River just to the east - an active colony that includes painters and sculptors, cabinet-makers,, potters, cutlers, weavers and many others. Art routes have been organized; route maps are available.

Nearest towns

Pretoria lies to the east, Johannesburg to the south-east, Rustenburg to the west.

Land Claims

The large number of land claims has many farmers worried, especially since the land claims process is supposed to be concluded in 3 years' time. Farmers want to know why they're only becoming aware of claims now if the cut-off for submissions was in 1998.

Are there claims against any properties advertised on your website?

No and we guarantee that to be true at time of transfer.

What are the requirements for a claim to be valid, and is there a cut-off date for publication?

Claimants must have been deprived of land rights as a result of racial laws and/or practices after 1913 without having received fair compensation. Though there was a cut-off for submissions, none exist for publication of a claim.

Do all these conditions have to be met for a claim to be valid?


Which body determines the validity of claims?

The Commission on Restitution of Land Rights oversees the process.

Does usage of land only include grazing and habitation rights?

No. The definition of land rights includes usage of land for a period of 10 years or longer. According to the Land Claims Court's interpretation in the Kranspoort case, this includes grazing, planting, the building of structures or even grave sites anything proving people lived there.

Why was 1913 chosen as the cut-off date?

The first national law discriminating against black landowners, the Natives Land Act, was passed in 1913.

Why is a claim not necessarily invalid if a landowner can trace ownership back to before 1913?

Since the law acknowledges the usage of land and labour tenant rights, it's possible that people may have lived on a farm at the same time as the landowner. Claims arising from such circumstances are valid in terms of the law.

How can farmers ensure that all the requirements are met?

The Commission has to investigate each claim before it is published. A report detailing the Commission's findings is available to the farmer. One should study the report and gather info to verify its conclusions.





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