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Section 2 of Electronic Deeds Act in Effect

December 2, 2019

The Presidency

2 December 2019

Section 2 of the Electronic Deeds Registration Systems Act came into effect on 2 December 2019.

Proclamation 59 was published in Government Gazette 42871.

President Ramaphosa assented to the act in October 2019.

Parliament passed the bill and sent it for assent in March 2019.

The bill was tabled in parliament in December 2017.

The act seeks to put an electronic deeds registration system in place.

It 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.

Section 2 deals with the development, establishment and maintenance of the electronic deeds registration system.

Meanwhile, the agriculture, rural development and land reform department, in Gazette 42861, published fees for products and services for the offices of the Chief Surveyor-General, Surveyors-General and Chief Directorate: National Geospatial Information.

The fees kick in 30 days after the date of publication.

Fees in the offices of the Chief Surveyor-General and the Surveyors-General include R415 for each new diagram submitted; R470 for each draft sectional plan; R208 for each reframed diagram; R175 for each amendment or endorsement of a diagram, general plan or sectional plan and R375 per hour spent on preparing a report to court or affidavit.

Fees in the office of the Chief Directorate: National Geospatial Information include R22.40 for paper prints of maps of the 1:10 000 Orthophoto series of the national map series; R25 for aeronautical edition; R22.40 for paper copy of flight plans and R364 for unrectified aerial photographs.