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Deputy Minister Bapela to Join the Commission on Khoi-San Matters at the Launch of the Awareness Campaign for the Application for Recognition

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister, Mr Obed Bapela will on 25 March 2022, join the Commission on Khoi-San Matters (CKSM) as they kickstart a series of education and awareness campaigns on the application for recognition of Khoi-San communities, branches, senior Khoi-San leaders and branch heads as prescribed in section 56 of the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act (TKLA), 3 of 2019.

The application process will commence on March 30, 2022, enabling communities that meet the Act’s criteria to submit a detailed written application to the Commission.

The Traditional and KhoiSan Leadership Act (TKLA) was signed into law in September 2021, with the goal of recognizing Khoi-San communities and strengthening traditional leadership and institutions.

As part of its mandate, the Commission is embarking on awareness campaigns that it plans to roll out throughout the country. These campaigns will focus on the criteria for qualification, explain the application forms and other provisions of the Act in relation to applications, including the timeframes within which applications for recognition can be submitted and dealt with.

The campaign is also a direct response to most Khoi-San communities who have implored the Commission to conduct such educational and awareness initiatives.

Members of the media are invited to join the Deputy Minister and the Commission at the launch. Details of the launch are as follows:

Date: Friday, 25 March 2022

Time: 10:00

Venue: Southern Sun (Cape Sun Hotel) in Cape Town

For media confirmation, kindly contact, Ms Modiegi Madiga on ‪012 334 0790‬/ ‪064 322 6404‬ – Modiegim@cogta.gov.za

For further inquiries, contact Ms Unathi Sityata on ‪079 325 4795‬