She was speaking at Richwood outside Cape Town where an industrial park is being jointly developed by the Richmond Communal Property Association and the private sector.
It is envisaged as a landmark business park and mixed-use precinct consisting of retail, light industrial, commercial and warehousing property development.
Nkoana-Mashabane has encouraged the community to stick together to ensure the success of the project.
“What we have picked up is that we were handing over land and walk away… Now we want to work with them. We don’t want them to wait for us,” says Nkoana-Mashabane.
The land was handed back to 401 families who were forcibly removed from the land during apartheid, then resettled in Atlantis on the west coast.
Chairperson of the Richmond Communal Property Association, Daniel September says one of their aims is to provide skills for the community.
“We’ve got an educational trust and other beneficiaries can benefit got to colleges and stuff and we also have a skill development where people can be trained to become a bricklayer a plumber or something like that,” says September.
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