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Cata is located in northern Keiskammahoek. It is famous as the precedent-setting betterment land restitution case. The terms of the restitution settlement agreement, 50% of the value of the claim was paid to claimant families. 50% was pooled for development projects. An integrated development plan was drafted to guide the investment, into the village, of the community’s restitution monies.

Community Work Programme

The Community Work Programme (CWP) is an initiative designed to provide an employment safety net, by providing participants with a predictable number of days of work per month — thus supplementing their existing livelihood strategies and affording them a basic level of income security through work.


In the period 2000 – 2004, BRC’s main advocacy objective was to change government’s policy position that betterment dispossession did not meet the criteria of the Restitution of Land Rights Act.

Tshintsha Amakhaya

BRC is part of the Tshintsha Amakhaya (TA) initiative. TA is an alliance of NGOs that work in the land and agrarian reform sector. The aim of the collaboration is expressed as follows:
•    to encourage active citizenship and
•    deepen understanding of the structural causes of constraints facing rural people, and

Vulamasango Singene

BRC launched the campaign that has come to be known as ‘Vulamasango Singene’ on 16 June 2002. To date the campaign has taken on a single issue, namely to fight for justice for communities unfairly excluded from the restitution programme, specifically those dispossessed by betterment in the former Ciskei and Transkei.