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Interim Protection of Informal Land Rights Act Extended

January 10, 2022

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

The provisions of the Interim Protection of Informal Land Rights Act of 1996 have been extended for another 12 months.

The agriculture, land reform and rural development department published the extension in Government Gazette 45687.

The extension flows from Section 5(2) of the act.

The section stipulates that the provisions of the act were to lapse on 31 December 1997 but could be extended by notice in the Gazette and approval by parliament for 12 months at a time.

The act aims to:

• provide for the temporary protection of certain rights to and interests in land which are not otherwise adequately protected by law; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

Informal land rights include, inter alia, any tribal, customary or indigenous law or practice of a tribe; the right or interest in land of a beneficiary under a trust arrangement; beneficial occupation of land for a continuous period of not less than five years prior to 31 December 1997 and any right or interest of a tenant, labour tenant, sharecropper or employee if such right or interest is purely of a contractual nature.

The provisions of the act now apply until 31 December 2022.