29 March 2019
Parliament has passed the Electronic Deeds Registration Systems Bill and sent it to president Ramaphosa for assent.
The bill was passed by the national assembly and sent to the national council of provinces for concurrence in November 2018.
The bill was tabled in parliament in December 2017.
It seeks to put an electronic deeds registration system in place.
The proposed legislation 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 select committee on land and mineral resources had earlier adopted the bill without amendments.