MEMORANDUM OF DEMANDS OF EIGHT FORESTRY COMMUNITIES IN THE WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE
To: the President and government of South Africa
From: Seven forestry communities in the Western Cape
Date: 12 July 2012
We are members and representatives of the following forestry communities: Nuweberg, Meerlust, La Motte, Wemmershoek, Waterval, Hawequa, Lebanon and Jonkershoek. Seventeen similar communities have declared their solidarity but cannot be here today. We are desperate; we have travelled a long way to be here and at great cost. We did not come here to claim special favours. We are here for what we believe is rightfully ours.
The purpose of this memorandum is to give a brief overview of our problems and demands. We do not think this is news to government, as we have been communicating these things to government departments and officials for sixteen years.