Communal Property Associations Amendment Bill Sent for Assent

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

The Communal Property Associations Amendment Bill has been passed by parliament and sent to President Ramaphosa for assent.

The national assembly passed the bill and sent it to the national council of provinces for concurrence in May 2018.

The bill was tabled in parliament in April 2018.

Communal Property Associations (CPA) are legal entities established to hold land on behalf of beneficiary communities. Approximately 1 502 have been registered since the act was promulgated.

The bill aims to amend the Communal Property Associations Act of 1996 in order to:

•    amend, insert and delete certain definitions;
•    provide for clarity on the objective of communal property associations;
•    provide for the establishment of a Communal Property Associations Office and the appointment of a Registrar of Communal Property Associations;
•    provide for general plans for land administered by an association;
•    repeal the provisions relating to provisional associations;
•    provide improved protection of the rights of communities in respect of movable and immovable property administered by an association;
•    provide for name changes of associations;
•    improve the provisions relating to the management of an association that has been placed under administration;
•    provide clarity on the content of an annual report in respect of associations;
•    make provision for transitional arrangements; and
•    provide for matters connected therewith.

According to the cabinet statement issued last year, the proposed legislation will enable communities to acquire, hold and manage properties by means of administration entities supported by government.

One of the amendments introduced by the portfolio committee on rural development and land reform during its deliberations was a new long title of Act 28 of 1996.

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