Blythedale faces land claim

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The Blythedale Coastal Resort development has made more than R1bn in sales since the project received the go-ahead from government two weeks ago
By Edward West

The Blythedale Coastal Resort development on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal has made more than R1bn in sales since the project received the go-ahead from government two weeks ago, in spite of the threat of a land claim hanging over it.

eLan Group, developers of the 1000ha scheme, launched the project this past weekend in Cape Town, Johannesburg and London.

A land claim was launched by Zwelabantu Dube on land covering 6,000ha, which includes Blythedale, on behalf of the Dube community in 1998.

Regional Land Claims Commission spokesman Sibusiso Dladla said on Monday they might seek an interdict to stop the project because property could not be developed on land where a restitution process had been gazetted.

The commissioner intended to take the claim to court for validation and he believed there was enough evidence to support the claim, Dladla said.

eLan Group CE Mark Taylor said they would engage the Dube community whether they succeeded with the land claim or not. "We don't want the land claim process to drag on. The sooner we deal with this the better."

The project, developed with the national housing department, adopts an integrated approach to property development and includes a large element of social housing. Infrastructure will be constructed on the site from early next year and home owners will be able to start building from 2008.

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