Parliament Passes Extension of Security of Tenure Bill

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

Parliament has passed the Extension of Security of Tenure Amendment Bill and sent it to president Ramaphosa for assent.

The national assembly passed the bill and sent it to the National Council of Provinces for concurrence in June 2017.

The bill was tabled in parliament in October 2015.

Drawn up by the rural development and land reform department, the proposed legislation aims to amend the Extension of Security of Tenure Act of 1997.

Some of the proposed amendments are:

•    to substitute the provision of subsidies with tenure grants;
•    to further regulate the rights of occupiers;
•    to provide for legal representation for occupiers;
•    to further regulate the eviction of occupiers by means of alternative resolution mechanisms; and
•    to provide for the setting up and functioning of the Land Rights Management Board and Land Rights Management Committees tasked with identifying, monitoring and settling land rights disputes.

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