Cape Town airport faces land claim

It’s been 20 years since the Braaf family first submitted their claim to a portion of the Cape Town International Airport land. Some family members now strongly believe that they have been “cheated”.

Adam Braaf, 74, and the oldest surviving member of the family, said his family was forcibly removed from the land where the airport now stands by the apartheid government. “We were resettled in Elsies River. The spaces we are occupying [now] compared to what my parents used to have is very small. They used to breed cattle and other animals at the airport area, but now we cannot do that.”

Last month about 40 Braaf family members picketed along Borcherds Quarry Road over the land claim lodged in the 1990s. They say only a few relatives were compensated for the claim.

In documents seen by GroundUp, the Western Cape Land Claims Commission appears to have muddled through the claim, unsure of its validity.

Two of the Braaf siblings submitted separate claims for two pieces of land. In the original claim. Factors such as the erf number and street address did not match land in the airport area.

Braaf, a pensioner, said he worked as a foreman for private planes at the airport for eight years before going into the painting business.

Marisha Kannemeyer, a family member who has been spearheading their campaign, said that her great grandfather was forcibly removed from the land by the apartheid government in the 1940s. She said relatives currently live in Delft, Klipfontein and Belhar.

She said the land claim was settled on 21 January 2011 but that only one part of the family received the R333,867 payout. Out of the 15 people who shared the money, all but one member of the family received under R20,000 each. The rest of the family received nothing from the Commission.

In 2016, Kannemeyer said she went to the Commission’s offices in Cape Town and asked to see the file. “I was surprised to see all the mistakes,” she said.

In a letter to David Smit, the Director of Restitution at the regional commission earlier this year, Kannemeyer wrote that the Commission had failed to make calls to the claimants, filed incomplete forms without asking the claimants for more information and had lost files.

In 2008, Blessing Mphela the then Acting Chief Land Claims Commissioner wrote to Beverley Jansen the then Regional Land Claims Commissioner, regarding the Braaf’s claim. He said: “Apparently the claim was being investigated up to a point where an offer [for about R300,000] was made, according to the claimant. Certainly an offer can only be made on the basis of a valid claim. I need to be clarified on the purpose of further investigation when the claim was already at the point where offers were being made.”

The family have said that the smallest of the two pieces of land they claimed for was valued at R270,000.

Kannemeyer said that her great grandfather owned a piece of land almost four times the size of the land that part of the family were compensated for.

The Commission has not responded to questions by GroundUp. The Deputy Director of Communications at the Western Cape Department of Rural Development and Land Reform Vuyani Nkasayi said that he “unfortunately doesn’t have any information” on the land claim. This is despite the head of the the Director of Restitution at the Western Cape Commission having previously been personally involved in the land claim.

Nkasayi said that they would wait until the article was published and “take it from there”.

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Germany’s Lufthansa to offer direct Flights to Cape Town International Airport

Lufthansa German Airlines will offer direct flights between Frankfurt and Cape Town from December 2‚ 2016.

Flights will depart from Frankfurt every Wednesday‚ Friday‚ and Sunday.

This follows the announcement last week by British Airways that it was increasing its flights to the Mother City.

“This connection extends the Lufthansa Group’s flight offering to Cape Town‚ complementing the seasonal services of Lufthansa German Airlines from Munich and Zurich with SWISS leisure carrier Edelweiss‚” said Dr André Schulz‚ Lufthansa General Manager for Southern Africa.

During the European winter season‚ Lufthansa operates up to seven weekly flights between the carrier’s Bavarian Hub in Munich and Cape Town‚ while Edelweiss serves the city with two weekly flights.

Lufthansa currently operates a year-round daily flight between Frankfurt and Johannesburg with the Boeing 747-8‚ the next generation of the iconic Jumbo jet‚ the longest passenger aircraft in the world. In addition‚ Swiss International Airlines serves Johannesburg from its Zurich base‚ offering a daily service with an Airbus A340-300.

“After Johannesburg‚ Cape Town is one of the most important markets for the Lufthansa Group in Southern Africa and the new gateway will offer our customers access to some 200 destinations from the Frankfurt hub. It also unlocks new tourism opportunities for those coming in from Germany by offering attractive combination options to other destinations in Southern Africa through our Star Alliance partners‚” added Schulz.

The Cape Town route will be served by a newly retrofitted Airbus A340-300‚ which boasts over 279 seats and offers the new Intercontinental Business Class (30)‚ new Premium Economy (28) Class and Economy Class (221).

Flight LH576 leaves Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub at 22:10 and arrives in Cape Town the following morning at 11:00. The return journey departs from Cape Town in the early evening at 18:30 and touches down in Frankfurt the following morning at 05:30‚ where passengers can access Lufthansa’s entire flight program from its main hub. In total the Lufthansa Group serves 316 destinations in 101 countries from its hubs in Germany‚ Switzerland and Austria.

According to Schulz‚ Lufthansa has chosen departure and arrival times carefully to offer travellers the best possible options to access connections to the entire Lufthansa route network.”

“South Africa remains one of our most important markets in sub-Saharan Africa and a key destination for German as well as other European visitors. We are thrilled to continue building bridges between the Lufthansa Group and the South African tourist industry‚ says Claus Becker‚ Director of Sales‚ sub Saharan Africa.

“Germany’s central position in Europe makes it an excellent point of departure for business or leisure trips‚ from the largest Star Alliance hub in Europe‚” he added.

Locally‚ the Western Cape area’s tourism industry is ecstatic about Lufthansa’s additional frequencies into the region.

“This new Lufthansa route will have a positive impact on business and tourism in the Cape‚” says Tim Harris‚ CEO of Wesgro‚ the official tourism‚ trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape. “Germany is a priority market as our third-largest source of foreign direct investment‚ and the third biggest buyer of our products outside of Africa.”

Cape Town Air Access‚ a division of Wesgro‚ is actively working on making the direct Frankfurt – Cape Town route a success through publicity‚ market awareness‚ and networking opportunities.

“German tourist arrivals are growing rapidly‚ so we are very pleased that Lufthansa added Frankfurt to their existing seasonal direct daily Munich service. With this additional capacity we expect that Cape Town International Airport will easily reach the 10 million passenger milestone this year”.

Deon Cloete‚ the General Manager of Cape Town International Airport‚ also welcomed the announcement. “This additional service from Lufthansa is not only good news for the airport or the region‚ but particularly for those who need a directly flight to Frankfurt. We value the partnership and the ongoing commitment Lufthansa has made in growing their service and thereby providing connectivity to the rest of the world. This is a huge vote of confidence in our city and we look forward to the continued partnership.”

Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde thanked the airline for its business confidence in the province.

“Increased air access has a direct impact on jobs and growth. Through Project Khulisa‚ we are making it easier for visitors to travel to our region. This is why we launched the Cape Town Air Access initiative‚ which is a partnership between government‚ Airports Company South Africa‚ Wesgro and airline industries.

“The tourism sector continues to reinvest in itself and this is why the world’s biggest airlines have the confidence to invest in our region. We see new hotels are being built; the private sector is developing conferencing centres‚ such as the facility in Century City. In addition‚ our tourism sector offers great service‚ which is an important factor in repeat visits.

“We’re seeing these investments pay off. Our 2015/16 season was one of the best yet and we achieved strong growth in international arrivals from strategic markets‚” Winde said

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