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Deeds Registries Act Fees Adjusted

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

Revised deeds registry fees have been published in Government Gazette 41669.

The rural development and land reform department drew up the adjusted fees in terms of the Deeds Registries Act.

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.

Land Ownership Under the Spotlight

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

The rural development and land reform department will contribute towards the current debate on expropriation of land without compensation “including providing our position on the Constitutional modalities and policy implications.”

The rural development and land reform minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, confirmed this during her department’s budget vote speech in parliament.

Joint Constitutional Review Committee Extends Comment Period

Parliament

The closing date for written submissions on the review of Section 25 of the Constitution has been extended.

The Joint Constitutional Review Committee announced the extension in a statement.

NCOP Seeks Comment on Extension of Security of Tenure Bill

Parliament

The national council of provinces (NCOP) has called for comment on the Extension of Security of Tenure Amendment Bill.

The national assembly passed the bill and sent it to the NCOP for concurrence in June 2017.

Constitutional Review Committee to Undertake Hearings

Parliament

The Constitutional Review Committee is to embark on extensive public consultations in order to fulfil its mandate.

The Committee was tasked with reviewing Section 25 of the Constitution and proposing constitutional amendments to allow for the expropriation of land in the public interest without compensation.

DRDLR Clarifies Position on Land Reform

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

The rural development and land reform minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has reiterated that expropriation of land without compensation will be done in a manner that ensures food security, increases agricultural production and improves economic growth.

In a statement, the rural development and land reform department confirmed that it will seek to speed up land reform within the framework set down by current policies and legislation while the parliamentary processes are being finalised.

Section 25 of the Constitution to be Reviewed

Parliament

The national assembly has passed a motion to review section 25 of the Constitution that deals with the right of property ownership.

In a statement, parliament indicates that the motion was brought by the Economic Freedom Fighters.

Extension of Security of Tenure Act Regulations Amended

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

Regulations under the Extension of Security of Tenure Act have been amended.

The rural development and land reform department published the amendment in Government Gazette 41447.

Version 2 of Land Audit Report Released

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform

The rural development and land reform department recently released version 2 of the Land Audit Report.

The report focuses on private land ownership by race, gender and nationality.

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