Deeds Bill will fast-track property registration – minister

2014-08-16 09:27

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The Electronic Deeds Registration Bill will decrease turnaround time for the registration of property, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti has said.

“The electronic system we plan to implement through the Electronic Deeds Registration Bill will allow us to achieve universal, countrywide access to deeds registration and Surveyor-General services,” Nkwinti said yesterday at a workshop on land reform and land ownership held in Joburg.

“It will decrease turnaround time for approval and registration of property.”

He said the deeds office processed almost a million registrations per year manually.

The legislation will have an immediate impact once operational, Nkwinti said.

“This bill will allow for the current paper-based system for lodgement and registration of deeds to lodge electronically. Currently, a conveyancer is required to appear in front of the Registrar of Deeds.”

The bill would be introduced to Parliament for consideration during the current financial year, said Nkwinti.

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