|The dreaded letter from the Department of Agriculture for the opening of a township register.
One of the final hurdles a township developer in the Gauteng and North-West Provinces must negotiate before the stands in a township become registrable, is the opening of the township register at the Deeds Office in Pretoria in terms of Section 46 of the Deeds Registries Act, 1937 (No 47 of 1937). On 7 May 2002 the Chief Registrar of Deeds announced an extra obligation requiring a letter issued by the Department of Agriculture declaring that the land on which the township is established, is not agricultural land, to be submitted to the Deeds Office too.
The procedure to request a letter from the Directorate: Land Use and Soil Management.
The contents of the letter issued by the Department of Agriculture.
The details of the land situated within the municipal boundary of a municipality prior to 1994 is available at the Directorate: Land Use and Soil Management. If this information can be noted against the affected properties at the Deeds Office the need for this letter will be eliminated. The information regarding the ownership of the land is, in the case of State land, confirmable by the Deeds Office from reference to its own records.
Read the complete article at THE DREADED LETTER FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOR THE OPENING OF A TOWNSHIP REGISTER.
Gert is a specialist Conveyancer based at our Illovo office. He worked at the Pretoria Deeds Office from 1985 until 1989 and after becoming a Senior Examiner left to qualify as an Attorney and Conveyancer in 1992. As manager of our Gauteng Development Law Unit Gert focuses on the establishment of townships and all the conveyancing work required to initiate and complete developments, whether it may be an upmarket sectional title, cluster or housing development. He enjoys finding practical solutions to complicated conveyancing problems. Gert serves on the committee of the South African Affordable Residential Developers Association (SAARDA), a body representing the interests of developers and other stakeholders in the affordable housing development sector which necessitates regular collaboration with government and municipal officials.
- Development Law Update|20th Jul 2021