3 October 2019
The Electronic Deeds Registration Systems Bill has been signed into law.
Parliament passed the bill and sent it to president Ramaphosa for assent in March 2019.
The bill was tabled in parliament in December 2017.
The Electronic Deeds Registration Systems Act, published in Government Gazette 42744, seeks to put an electronic deeds registration system in place.
The act aims to provide for electronic deeds registration, having regard to legislation regulating electronic communication and transactions.
According to the bill’s memorandum, the Office of the Chief Registrar of Deeds embarked on a project for the implementation of e-commerce principles so as to facilitate an Electronic Deeds Registration System (e-DRS).
The e-DRS will provide for, inter alia, the registration of large volumes of deeds effectively; improved turn-around times for providing registered deeds and documents to clients; provide country wide access to deeds registration services; enhanced accuracy of examination and registration; availability of information to the public; and security features including confidentiality, non-repudiation, integrity and availability.
The act will come into effect on a date still to be determined by the president.
The president may set different dates for the coming into operation of the different provisions of the act or the different acts of registration under the Deeds Registries Act and Sectional Titles Act.
The president may set different dates for the coming into operation of any or certain provisions of the act for the different deeds registries.