New KZN deeds office registrar

2008-03-27 00:00

THE KwaZulu-Natal deeds office has a new registrar who plans to transform the department into one of the finest in the country.

Limpopo-born Audrey Gwangwa (36) will be the first black woman to run the Pietermaritzburg office, whose core function is to register land owners’ title deeds for the whole of KwaZulu-Natal.

Looking at her string of accomplishments so far, it is clear that Gwangwa means business.

She completed a B.Proc. law degree at the University of the North West in 1992 and obtained her Ll.B two years later at the University of Pretoria.

Her other accomplishments include passing an attorney’s board exam in 1996. She was admitted as an advocate in 2001 and passed the conveyance and notary examination between 2003 and 2004.

She has lectured for Unisa, including lecturing prospective conveyancers in preparation for their board exams at the University of the Northern Transvaal.

She has held positions as the chief deeds controller and assistance registrar in Pretoria, where she was later promoted to deputy deeds registrar in Johannesburg.

Gwangwa believes the move to the Pietermaritzburg deeds office was only natural for her.

“I got here through hard work and perseverance, nothing less. There was a stage when I was on a plane travelling back and forth continuously. I didn’t have Saturdays to myself, but that was a sacrifice I had to make to get to where I am today.”

Not only will Gwangwa be heading a management team that’s mostly male dominated, she will have to learn and master the Zulu language to move her department towards the effectiveness and accessibility she envisages.

Gwangwa says that her main challenge is getting her department, which is lacking in terms of development and transformation in line with other deeds offices country wide. One of her top priorities will be to introduce new measures to minimise the turnaround time, from eight days to within six days, that it takes to register deeds.

Gwangwa also plans to cut the two-month period it takes for documents to be handed back to convenyancers, to seven days.

“I came to this position knowing that as a woman I would have to deal with resistance, but my eagerness to achieve and excel is what made me choose this job.

“My vision is to take this department to the people and make it accessible to the man in the street.”

Until that vision becomes a reality, Gwangwa says she is not going anywhere and has plans to sink her roots deep.

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