Draft Communal Property Associations Bill to be Tabled

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

The rural development and land reform department plans to table the Draft Communal Property Associations Amendment Bill in parliament during the first quarter of 2017.

The draft bill’s explanatory summary was published in Government Gazette 40772.

The draft bill was published for comment in 2016.

Cabinet approved the draft bill to be published for comment in April 2016.

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

The proposed legislation seeks to, inter alia, extend the application of the act to labour tenants who acquired land, set up a Communal Property Associations Office and the appointment of a Registrar of Communal Property Associations (CPA), provide improved protection of the rights of communities in respect of movable and immovable property administered by an association and provide for name changes of associations.

The department recently briefed the rural development and land reform committee on the draft bill.

According to the department, the overwhelming majority of CPAs face operational challenges and shortcomings in compliance.

The draft bill seeks to create new offences including breaching the provisions of CPA constitutions and destroying documents on the activities of CPAs.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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