Communal Property Associations Bill Passed by NA

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

The Communal Property Associations Amendment Bill has been passed by the national assembly and sent to the national council of provinces for concurrence.

The bill was tabled in parliament in April 2018.

It was published in Government Gazette 39960 for comment in 2016.

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 is a new long title of Act 28 of 1996.

The bill will now be processed by the select committee on land and mineral resources.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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