Mining Titles Registration Amendment Act

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Mining Titles Registration Amendment Act [No. 24 of 2003]


Government Gazette
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

Vol. 461 Cape Town 26 November 2003 No. 25762
THE PRESIDENCY No. 1731 26 November 2003
It is hereby notified that the President has assented to the following Act, which is hereby published for general information:–
No. 24 of 2003: Mining Titles Registration Amendment Act, 2003.

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GENERAL EXPLANATORY NOTE:
[ ] Words in bold type in square brackets indicate omissions from existing enactments.
Words underlined with a solid line indicate insertions in existing enactments.
(English text signed by the President.) (Assented to 21 November 2003.)
ACT To amend the Mining Titles Registration Act, 1967, so as to substitute, add or delete certain definitions; to re-regulate the registration of mineral and petroleum titles and other rights connected therewith and certain other deeds and documents; to effect certain amendments necessary to ensure consistency with the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002; and to repeal obsolete provisions; to amend Deeds Registries Act, 1937, so as to remove certain functions relating to the registration of rights to minerals from the ambit of the Act; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
B E IT ENACTED by the Parliament of the Republil: of South Africa, as follows:- Amendment of section 1 of Act 16 of 1967, as amended by section 1 of Act 14 of 1991 and substituted by section 1 of Act 60 of 1980
1. Section 1 of the Mining Titles Registration Act, 1967 (hereinafter referred to a:3 the 5 principal Act), is hereby amended-
(a ) by the substitution for the expression “Mining Rights Act, 1967”, where it appears before the definitions, of the expression ‘‘Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002”;
(b) by the deletion of the definitions of “bewaqlaats”, “certificate of 10 bezitrecht”, “certificate of reservation of a trading site”, “holder”, “mining title”, “nomination agreement”, “permit to retain and treat residues”, “prospecting contract”, “stand title”, “surface right permit”, “tributing agreement” and “water right”;
(c) by the insertion after the definition of “court” of the following definitions: 1.5 ‘‘ ‘Department’ means the Department of Miner,& and Energy;
verbal representations of a piece of land, line, feature or area forming the basis for registration of a real right and which has been signed by a
which has been approved, confirmed or certified by the oftice of the Surveyor-General, and includes a diagram or copy prepared in the office of the Surveyor-General which has been so approved, confirmed or certified: ‘Director-General’ means the Director-General csf the Department; 2.5 ‘exploration right’ means a right granted in terms of section 80 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002; ‘government’ includes the national government, and any provincial and local government:”;
‘diagram’ means a document containing geometrical, numerical
person recognised under any law then in force as a land
‘Minister’ means the Minister of Minerals and Energy;”; (f) by the substitution for the definition of “ ‘mortgage bond’ or ‘bond’ ” of the
following definition: “ ‘mortgage bond’ or ‘bond’ means a mortgage bond attested by the Director-General specially hypothecating m y right granted or which remains in force in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002;”;
the insertion before the definition of “prescribed” of the following
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definitions: 25 “ ‘petroleum title’ means any deed or document registered in the Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office evidencing the right granted to explore or produce petroleum granted in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002; ‘plan’ means a prescribed sketch plan or locality plan defining the area 30 for a right granted or issued for exploration, prospecting, reconnaissance, 1 retention or a mining permit;”;
(h) by the insertion after the definition of “prescribed” of the following definitions:
“ ‘production right’ means a right granted in terms of section 84 of the 35 Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002; 1 ‘prospecting right’ means a right granted in terms of section 17 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002; ‘reconnaissance permission’ means permission granted in terms of section 14 of the-Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002; ‘reconnaissance permit’ means a permit issued in terms of section 75 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Develojpment Act, 2002;”;
(i) by the insertion before the definition of “right” of the following definition: ‘‘ ‘retention permit’ means a permit issued in terms of section 32 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Deve1opme:nt Act, 2002;”;
( j ) by the substitution for the definition of “right” of the following definition: “ ‘right’ means any right held by or under any deed and registered or capable of being registered in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002;”; and
( k ) by the insertion after the definition of ‘surface right permit’ of the following
“ ‘technical co-operation permit’ means a permit issued in terms of section 77 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act,
definition:
2002;’’.
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I Substitution of section 2 of Act 16 of 1967 i i
! 2. The following section is hereby substituted for section ;! of the principal Act:
“Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office
2. (1) The Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office is hereby established and is the office for the registration of all mineral and petroleum titles and all other related rights, deeds and documents for the registration of which provision is made in this Act or any other law.
(2) All mineral titles and petroleum titles. deeds and documents lodged for registration in the Mining Titles Office after the commencement of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002, shall be dealt with in terms of this Act.
(3) Any reference in this Act or any law to the Mining Titles Office must be regarded as a reference to the Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office.
(4) The registration of a right in terms of this Act in the Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office shall constitute a limited real right binding on third parties.
(5) Any registration or recording in the Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office must comply with section 11 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002.”.
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Amendment of section 3 of Act 16 of 1967, as substituted by section 3 of Act. 14 of 1991
3. Section 3 of the principal Act is hereby amended- (a ) by the deletion in subsection (1) of paragraph (a); (b) by the substitution in subsection (1) for paragraph (b) of the following 25
paragraph: “(b) the Director-General [may appoint or] designate one or more
officers [employed at the Mining Titles Office who shall have the power, subject to the provisions of this Act and to the directions of the Director-General, to do any act or thing which may 30 lawfully be done] in the service of the Department to perform the functions delegated or assigned under this Act or any other law [by the Director-General].” ; and
(c) by the deletion of subsection (2).
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4. The following section is hereby substituted for section 4 of the principal Act:
“Seal of office
4. The Director-General shall have a seal of oflice which shall be affixed to all deeds or documents executed, attested or registered by him or her, and to all copies of deeds or documents issued by him to serve in lieu of 40 the original deeds or documents.”.
Amendment of section 5 of Act 16 of 1967, as substituted by section 2 of Act 60 of 1980
5. Section 5 of the principal Act is hereby amended- (a ) by the substitution in subsection (1) for paragraph,< (a) , (b), (c), (d) and (e) 45
respectively, of the following paragraphs: “(a) take charge of and preserve all records [which prior to the
commencement of this Act were or after such commencement may become records] of the [Mining Titles Office1 Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office: Provided that the Director- 50
General may, with due regard to any regulations made under section 10(l)(k), destroy or otherwise dispose of a.ny record which has been cancelled in terms of this [section] Act or any Other law; examine all deeds, diagrams. plans or other documents submitted to him & for execution, registration, recording, noting or filing [of record in his office, and after examination reject any such deed, plan or other document in the executicon, registration, record- ing, noting or filing of which is not permitted by this Act or by any other law or to the execution, registration, recording, noting or filing of record of which any valid objection exists: Provided that no such deed, plan or do(:ument shall be required to be examined in its entirety before being rejected] in his or her office; register all [mining titles and stand titles, bewaarplaatsen, certificates of bezitrecht, certificates of owner’s reservation, certificates of reservation of trading si@, certificates of title in respect of mining claims, certificates of water reservation for owners, diagrams, grants of machinel-y sites, grants of water rights, mynpacht-brieven, permits to retain and treat residues, prospecting licences, plans and surfacce right permits,] rlghts granted in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Develop- ment Act, 2002, and generally all documents evidencing title which by law[, established custom or usage] are proper for registration in the [Mining Titles] Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office; register [nomination agreements] prospecting, exploration, pro- duction, mining and related rights and any cession, renewal, modification, amendment, abandonment or cancellation or lapsing of [a] @ registered [nomination agreement] rights; register [mining] leases and sub-leases of any right granted under any law relating to exploration, production, prospecting and mining [for precious metals, base minerals or natural oil] and any transfer, cession, amendment, modification, abandonment, lapsing or cancellation of any such lease or sub-lease;”;
(b) by the deletion in subsection (1) of paragraph (f); (c) by the substitution in subsection (1) for paragraph (1) of the following
“ ( I ) register any servitude over any right capable of being encumbered by servitude by virtue of the provisions of any law relating to prospecting and mining, and [record] endorse any amendment, modification, abandonment or extinction of any registered servi- tude;”;
(d) by the substitution in subsection (1) of paragraphs ( m ) and (n) of the following
“(rn)register all notarial contracts relating to any rights granted in terms
(n) register any notarial variation, renewal or cancellation of such
( e ) by the substitution in subsection (1) for paragmph (p ) of the following
“(p) register powers of attorney whereby the agents named therein are authorized to act generally for the principals, or to carry out a series of [acts or] transactions registerable in the [Mining Titles] Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office, and register copies of any such powers registered in a deeds registry, which have been certified by the [Director-General] registrar thereof or have beeR issued for the purpose of being acted upon in the [Mining Titles] Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office by a Registrar or Master of the [Supreme] Court of South Africa [or a mining commissioner in his capacity as a registration officer];”;
paragraph:
paragraphs, respectively:
of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002;
contracts;”;
paragraph:
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(fl by the substitution in subsection (1) for paragraph ( I - ) of the following
‘ * ( r ) record all notices. returns, statements or orlders of court lodged with
(gj by the substitution in subsection (1) for paragraph (s) of the following
“(s) give notice to the [mining commissioner] Regional Manager of any [mining district of] registration gr recordings effected in relation to any rights in [that district] the region concerned;”;
(hj by the substitution in subsection (1) for paragG?h (tj of the following
“( t ) record the conversion, renewal, modification, abandonment, lapsing or cancellation of any [mining title or stand title or of any other] rights evidenced by any registered title deed [or by any grant, certificate, permit or licence] registered, recorded, noted or filed in the [Mining Titles] Mineral and Petroleum Titles R e g i s t r m Office;”;
(i) by the substitution in subsection (1 ) for paragraphs (u ) and (v j of the following
“ ( u ) remove from his or her records, with the approval of the Master and after the lapsing of ten years from the date of entry in such records, any entry made therein, whether before or after the commencement of this Act, in pursuance of the transmission to him or her of a notice of liquidation or an order of liquidation or sequestration;
(v j record and file all mining permits, retention permits. technical co-operation permits, reconnaissance permits and permissions, financial provisions, approved environmental management plans, approved environmental management programmes and closure certificates issued in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002;”; and
paragraph:
him e in terms cf any law:”; paragraph:
paragraph:
paragraphs:
( j j by the deletion of subsection (2).
Amendment of section 6 of Act 16 of 1967, as amended by section 5 of Act 170 of 1993
6. Section 6 of the principal Act is hereby amended- (a ) by the substitution in subsection (1) for paragraph (a) of the following
“(a) to require the production of any deeds or documents or of proof [upon affidavit or otherwise] of any fact necessary to be established in connection with any matter [or thing] sought to be performed or effected in the [Mining Titles] Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office;”;
(bj by the insertion in subsection (1) after paragraph (a ) of the following
“(aAj to reject any deed, diagram, plan or other document examine-
paragraph:
paragraph:
him or her;”; (c) by the substitution in subsection (1) for paragraphs (bj, (c j , (d) and (e),
respectively, of the following paragraphs: . - .
“(b) to rectify any error in any deed, diagram,& or other document recorded, noted, registered or filed in the 1:Mining Titles] Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office, [any error in the name or the description of any person or right mentioned therein or in
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the conditions affecting any such right, if every person appear- ing from the deed or other document to be interested in the rectification has in writing consented thereto or the court has ordered such rectification]: Provided that no such rectification shall be effected which would have the effect of [transferring] alienatin,o any right; [under such conditions as may be prescribed,] to issue certified copies of deeds, diagrams, plans or other documents registered, recorded c~r filed in the [Mining Titles] Mineral and P e t r o w T:+I-- nn-:-6--L:n.- na-- .... J . .__-. I I L I L ~ I\I;.+”LIULIUII WLJIG ullclei h u ~ 1 1 coiiclidoils as he or she= prescribe;
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Amendment of section 7 of Act 16 of 1967
7. Section 7 of the principal Act is hereby amended- (a ) by the substitution for subsections (1 j and (2), respectively, of the following
“(1) A registered deed conveying title to any right may not be cancelled by the Director-General except as provided for by law.
(2) The Director-General shall, upon the cancellation of a registered deed or document conveying title to any right as provided for in subsection (l), make all the necessary endorsements on the deed and related documents under which such right wa.s held immediately prior to the cancellation, and make other entries in the appropriate regkters.”; and
subsections:
(b) by the deletion of subsection (3).
Amendment of section 8 of Act 16 of 1967
8. Section 8 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for subsections
“( 1) Subject to section 6( l)(e) the Director-General may on such conditions as may be prescribed and upon payment of the prescribed fees, and subject to the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (Act No. 2 of 2000), permit any member of the public tc- (a) inspect the public records in the Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration
(b) make copies of or extracts from those records; or (c) obtain any other information concerning deeds or lother documents registered
(2) No fee shall be payable under subsection (1) in respect of any search or inspection made by the sheriff in connection with the performance of his or her functions.”.
(1) and (2), respectively, of the following subsections:
Office;
or filed in that office.
Repeal of section 9 of Act 16 of 1967
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Amendment of section 10 of Act 16 of 1967, as amended by section 6(a) and (b) of Act 170 of 1993
10. Section 10 of the principal Act is hereby amended- (a) by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsection:
“(1) The [board established under section 91 Minister may from 50 time to time make, alter or rescind regulations,, not inconsistent mith this Act, prescribing-
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(a) the fees of office [(if any)] to be charged in respect of any act[, matter or thing required or permitted to be done in or in relation to the Mining Titles Office,] Elvided for in this .4ct, including any report made to the court by the Director-Generazn connection with any application or action to which he or she is not
the time, manner and form in which [and the qualifications of the person by whom] any deed&agram, plan or other document required or permitted to be lodged, registered or filed in the [Mining Titles] Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office shall be prepared, delivered, lodged, executed, registered[,] 0’ filed [or delivered and the time within which any deed shall be executed]; [the particular] documents which, when produced in the [Mining Titles] Mineral and Petroleum Ti& Registration Office, shall be attested or witnessed, and the manner in which any such document shall be so attested or witnessed; the conditions upon which any [conveyancer, notary public, land surveyor, mine surveyor or other] person may conduct any search in the [Mining Titles] Mineral &d Petroleum Tit@ Registration Office, and the precautions which shall be taken to ensure preservation of the records from damage by improper handling or otherwise; the transmission by the Director-General to any [mining commissioner] Regional Manager, registrar of deeds& veyor-General or other officer, of returns, of [deeds of transfer, deeds of grant, certificates of title, mortgage bonds and other] rights registered or recorded in the [Director-Gener- al’s office] Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office, and the manner [and], form [ofl and ]times for transmitting such returns; the conditions under which copies of deeds, diagrams, plans and other documents registered, recorded or filed in the [Mining Titles] Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office may be issued for judicial [purposes] or [for purposes of] information purposes [or in substitution for deeds or other documents which have been lost, destroyed, defaced or damaged, and the conditions under which extracts from registers or from any documents registered or filed in the said office may be furnished]; the manner and form in which consent shall be signified to any cancellation, cession, part payment, reduction of cover, release or amendment of or other registerable transaction affecting any bond or other document registered in the [Mining Titles] Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office; the conditions under which a copy of a power of attorney diagrams, plans and other documents may be accepted by the Director-General in lieu of the original; the forms of deeds which shall be used in circumstances not provided for in this Act or in the Mining Rights Act, 1967, or any other law; the records which may be destroyed in terms of [the proviso to] section 5 (I) (a) or replaced in terms of section 6( l)(d); and any matter which under this Act or any other law is required or permitted to be prescribed.”;
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(b) by the insertion after subsection (1) of the following subsection: “( 1A) No regulation relating to State revenue or expenditure ma)&
made by the Minister except with the concurrence of the MinisterAf Finance.” ; and
(c) by the deletion of subsection (3). 5
Substitution of section 11 of Act 16 of 1967 11. The following section is hereby substituted for section 11 of the principal Act:
“Registers 11. The Director-General shall prepare, open and keep such registers as
may be necessary to enable him or her to carry out the provisions of 10 Act.” Substitution of section 12 of Act 16 of 1967
12. The following section is hereby substituted for section 12 of the principal Act:
“Continuation of existing registers during the transitional period
12. The Director-General shall continue during the transitional period referred to in Schedule I1 to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002, to keep the corresponding register in use in the Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office immediately prior to& commencement of this Act and to continue to mak:e the necessary ent& therein.”.
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Insertion of section 12A in Act 16 of 1967
13. The following section is hereby inserted in the principal Act after section 12.:
“Lodgement
12A. (1) The holder of the right granted in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002, shall lodge his or her right for registration in the prescribed manner and on payment of the prescribed fees.
(2) The holder shall lodge together with deeds or other documents for registration, a plan or a diagram depicting the area of the right.
(3) Any registration of a variation, amendment, modification, deduction, abandonment or cancellation shall be accompanied by a plan or a diagram depicting the area affected.
(4) All diagrams lodged in the Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office shall be approved, confirmed or certified by the office of the Surveyor-General.’’
Substitution of section 13 of Act 16 of 1967
14. The following section is hereby substituted for section 1.3 of the principal Act:
“When registration takes place
13. (1) Deeds executed or attested by the Director-General shal- deemed to be registered upon the affixing of his Nor her signature on the relevant document.
(2) Deeds or documents lodged for registration shall be deemed to be registered when the Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office endorsement in respect of the registration thereof is signed.
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(3) Subject to this Act, no deed or document which is one of a batch of interdependent deeds or documents intended for registration together shall be deemed to be registered until all the deeds or (documents in the batch or the registration endorsement in respect thereof, as the case may be, have been signed by the Director-General. (4) If, by inadvertence, the signature of the Director-Generai has not been affixed to a deed executed or attested by him or her, or to the registration endorsement in respect of the registration of a deed, diagram, plan or other document lodged at the time at which the signature should have been affixed in the ordinary course, the Director-General may affix his or her signature on the deed or document when the omis:sion is discovered, and the deed or document shall be deemed to have been r1:gistered at the time when the signature should have been affixed. ( 5 ) Subject to subsection (4), all endorsements or entries made on deeds, documents or registers in connection with the registration of any deed or document shall be deemed to have been effected simultaneously with the affixing of the signature of the Director-General thereto, although in fact they may have been made subsequently.”.
Substitution of section 14 of Act 16 of 1967
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“Deeds to follow sequence of their relative causes
14. (1) (a) Transfers or cessions of rights shall follow the sequence of the successive transactions in the vesting of such rights, unless this Act or any other law or an order of court provides otherwise.
(b) If any person has obtained the right to claim transfer or cession of a right from any other person and such first-mentioned right has been vested in any third person in terms of any judgment or order of court or in terms of a sale in execution held pursuant to any such judgment or order, transfer or cession may be passed directly to such third per;jon by the person against whom such first-mentioned right was exercisable.
(2) Transfer duty which would have been payable had the rights con- cerned been transferred or ceded to each person successively becoming entitled thereto must be paid in a transfer or cession in terms of subsection - ( 1 1 . 7 3 .
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Substitution of section 15 of Act 16 of 1967, as amended by section 7 of Act 170 of 35 1993
16. The following section is hereby substituted for section 15 of the principal Act:
“Preparation of deeds
15.(1) Subject to this Act and any other law, no deed of transfer or mortgage bond shall be registered unless it has by a conveyancer.
(2) Subject to subsection ( l ) , no contract o1:her than a cession of a mortgage bond shall be registered unless it has been attested by a notary public.
must be prepared and attested by a notary public before the Director- General registers them.”.
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Substitution of section 15A of Act 16 of 1967, as inserted by section 5 of Act 14 of 1991
17. The following section is hereby substituted for section 15A of the principal Act:
“Proof of facts in connection with transactions in Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office
15A. (1) A conveyancer who prepares a deed or other document for the purposes of registration, recording or filing in thlz [Mining Titles] Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office, and who signs a prescribed certificate on such deed or document, accepts by virtue of such signing the responsibility[, to the extent prescribed by regu.lation1 for the purposes of this [section,] A s for the accuracy of [those] $g facts mentioned in such deed or document or which are relevant in connection with the registration or filing thereof[, and which are prescribed by regulation].
(2) The provisions of subsection (1) shall apply mutatis mutandis to any person other than a conveyancer, who is prescrib’ed by regulation, and who has in accordance with the regulations prepared a deed or other document prescribed by regulation for registration, recording or filing in the [Mining Titles] Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registratic? Office.
(3) The Director-General shall accept, during the course of his or her examination of a deed or other document in accordance with the provisions of this Act, that the facts referred to in subsection (1) in connection with the registration, recording or filing of a deed or other document in respect of which a certificate referred to in subsection (1) or (2) has been signed, have for the purposes of such examination been conclusively [proved: Provided that the aforegoing provisions of this subsection shall not derogate from the obligation of the Director-General to give effect to any order of court or any other notification recorded in the Mining Titles Office in terms of this Act or any other law, and which affects the registration or filing of such deed or other document] proven.
(4) Subsection (3) shall not derogate from the obligation of the Director-General to give effect to any order of court or any other notification recorded in the Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office in terms of this Act or any other law, and which affects the registration, recording or filing of such deed or lother document.”.
Substitution of section 16 of Act 16 of 1967, as substitutedl by section 6 of Act 14 of 1991 and section 18 of Act 132 of 1993
18. The following section is hereby substituted for section 16 of the principal Act:
“Registration of rights in name of holder
16. (1) Every deed executed or attested by the Director-General, or attested by a notary public and required to be registered in the Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office, and made by or on behalf of or in favour of any person, shall state the full name and identity number or registration number of the holder.
(2) The Director-General shall register the right in the name of the holder of such right only.
(3) Sections 9 and 11 of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002, applies to the transfer of the right referred to in subsection (2) to a joint estate or to an heir by virtue of testate or intestate succession.”.
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Insertion of section 16A in Act 16 of 1967
19. The following section is hereby inserted in the principal Act after section 16:
“Execution of deeds by prospective holders of rights
16A. If any deed or document required to be executed by the holder of any right has been executed by a person who has become entitled to receive transfer or cession of such right, such deed or document shall, upon such person receiving transfer or cession of the right, for the purposes of this A g be deemed to have been executed by the holder of suchright.”.
Substitution of section 17 of Act 16 of 1967
20. The following section is hereby substituted for section 17 o f the principal Act:
“Preparation and execution of deeds of transfer, cessions and mort- gage bonds
17. Deeds of transfer, mortgage bonds and cessio’n of mortgage bo& shall be prepared in the form prescribed by law and shall be executed in the presence of the Director-General by a conveyancer authorized by power of attorney to act on behalf of the holder of the right described therein, and shall be attested by the Director-General.”.
Repeal of section 18 of Act 16 of 1967
21. Section 18 of the principal Act is hereby repealed.
Substitution of section 19 of Act 16 of 1967
22. The following section is hereby substituted for section 19 (of the principal Act:
“Transfer or cession of two or more rights by one deed
19. (1) Two or more persons each holding diffixent rights may not transfer or cede those rights to one or more persons by the same deed, unless such transfer or cession is authorized by &directive of the Minister, the provisions of a law or by an order of court.
( 2 ) Two or more rights may by one deed be transferred or ceded by one [person or by two] or more persons holding such rights in undivided shares to one [person] or [to two or] more persons acquiring such rights in undivided shares, provided each right is described in a separate paragraph or the rights are grouped in paragraphs to the satisfaction of the Director-General.
(3 ) [Where provision is made in any law for portions of a right to be transferred or ceded, two] 5 or more portions of [such] 2 right may by one deed be transfenred or ceded by one [person or by two] or more persons holding the whole of such right in undivided shares to one [person or to two] or more persons acquiring such portions in undivided shares, if each portion is described in a separate paragraph in which reference is made to the diagram or plan of such portion which shall [whenever possible] be annexed to the deed: Provided that the Director-General may permit any number of portions of the same kind of right to be grouped in one or more paragraphs to his or her satisfaction.
[(4) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (l), two or more persons who have lawfully pegged claims for and o:n behalf of any other person or of a partnership or a company mag transfer the claims to that person, partnership or company by the same deed, provided the
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relevant claim licences held by each of such persons are described in separate paragraphs to the satisfaction of the Director-General.]”.
Amendment of section 20 of Act 16 of 1967
23. Section 20 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsecti n: 5
“( 1) No transfer or cession of an undivided share in a right which is [intended or] calculated to represent [or purports to represent] a defined portion of such right shall be capable of being registered.”.
Repeal of sections 21,22,23,25,26, 27,28,29 and 30 of Act 116 of 1967
24. Sections 21, 22, 23. 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 of the principal Act are hereby 10 repealed.
Amendment of section 24 of Act 16 of 1967
25. The following section is hereby substituted for section 24 of the principal Act--
“Certificate of registered title of one or more rights held under one title deed and of undivided shares 15
24. (1) Any person who holds [two] one or more [rights or] undivided shares [therein] in a right under one title deed may, subject o the provisions of [section 261 this Act, [obtain] app1.y for a certificate of registered title in respect of one or more [ofl such [rights or of the] undivided [share] shares held by him e therein[, if, except in the case 20 where the only title held by virtue of such title deed is a licence renewable from time to time by the payment of an amount prescribed by the Mining Rights Act, 1967, or the regulations made thereunder, at least one of the rights or the share therein so held1 remains so held].
(2) Subject to subsection (I), an application foraertificate of registered title shall be made in the prescribed manner and accompanied by the title deed, if available, under Ghich such right is held.
(3) A transfer, cession or mortgage of a share of an undivided right shall not be registered in the Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration OtiGce unless a certificate of registered title is produced to the Director-General. I
(4) A certificate of registered title shall not be required where the whole right is still held and is transferred, ceded or mortgaged by the holders jointly.
( 5 ) If the title deed under which a share is held by more than one holder is lost or destroyed, any such holder may in accordance with any prescribed requirements, obtain a certificate of registered title of his or her share without applying for the title deed which has been lost or destroyed.
(6) In issuing a certificate of registered title the Director-General shall endorse upon the title deed, register or mortgage bond, as the case may be, that a certificate of registered title has been issued in respect of the share in question: Provided that in the case of a bond it shall be endorsed on the I certificate that it is mortgaged.
(7) If the said share of the right is mortgaged, that mortgage bond shall be produced to the Director-General at the expense of the applicant.
(8) A certificate when issued shall take the place of the title deed under which the right was previously held, and the issuing of the certificate shall 1 not affect riahts and obligations in respect of the right in question.”.
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Amendment of section 31 of Act 16 of 1967
26. Section 31 of the principal Act is hereby amended- (ai by the substitution for subsection (2) of the following subsection:
“(2) A bond may be registered to secure an.existing [debt] or a future debt or both [existing and future debts] and may hypothecate rights of different kinds with the written consent of the Minister.”; and
(bj by the deletion of subsection (3).
Substitution of section 34 of Act 16 of 1967
27. The following section is hereby substituted for section 34 of the principal Act-
“Exclusion of general clause in mortgage bands
34. [Save as is provided in this Act or in any other law, the] The Director-General shall not attest and register any mortgage bond which contains [the] 2 clause [, commonly known as the general clause,] purporting to bind generally all the immovable or movable property or registered rights of the debtor or both such immovable or movable property and such rights.”.
Amendment of section 35 of Act 16 of 1967
28. Section 35 of the principal Act is hereby amended- ( a ) by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsection:
“(1) No mortgage bond shall be passed by two or more mortgagors unless it purports to bind registered rights of each mortgagor: Provided that [, notwithstanding the provisions of section 31(1),] rights held subject to a condition that on the happening of a certain event such rights shall revert to a person named in such condition, may be mortgaged by the holder thereof and such person by means of a bond passed by them jointly and severally, or may be mortgaged by the holder of such rights with the written consent of such person, in which case the mortgage bond shall contain a reference to such consent.”; and
(b) by the addition of the following subsections: “(4) The holder of a right subject to a personal servitude and the
holder of that servitude may together mortgage the right to the full extent of their respective interests therein.
(5) The holder of the right and the holder of the servitude may, either of them as principal debtor, in the same bond-t or the servitude, and either of them may in the s servitude or right as surety.”.
Amendment of section 37 of Act 16 of 1967
29. Section 37 of the principal Act is hereby amended- (a ) by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsection:
“( 1) No transfer, cancellation or cession of any mortgaged right shall be attested, executed or registered by the Director-General until the bond has been cancelled or the right has been released from the operation of the bond with the written consent [in writing] of the holder [thereof, or unless, in the case of any such mortgage bond which has been lost or destroyed, the Director-General has on application by the registered‘ holder thereof, cancelled the entry in his register in respect of such bond: Provided that] of the bond but no [such] cancellation or release shall be necessary if the transfer or cession is lnade in terms of this Act, any other law or by an order of court.”.
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Amendment of section 38 of Act 16 of 1967, as substituted by section 20 of Act 132 of 1993
30. Section 38 of the principal Act is hereby amended- the substitution for subsection ( I ) of the following subsection:
“( 1) If the holder [(in this section referred to as the transferor)] of rights which are hypothecated under a registered mortgage bond, other than a mortgage bond to secure the obligations of a surety [(not being a person referred to in section 37(l)(b))], transfers or cedes to another person [(in this section referred to as the transferee)] all [the rights] such ypothecated [thereunder] nghts, the Director-General may, notwithstanding the provisions of section 37( I), register the transfer or cession and &alJsubstitute the transferee for the tra.nsferor as debtor in respect of the bond, provided [there is produced tom him, in duplicate] the written consent [in the prescribed form] of the holder of the bond and of the transferee to the substitution [of the transferee for the transferor as the debtor] in respect of the bond for the amount of the debt disclosed therein [or for such lesser amount EIS may be specified in such consent] is produced to the Director-Genecal in duplicate.”;
the substitution in subsection (2) for paragraph ( b ) of the following paragraph:
“(b) annex one duplicate of the written consent referred to in subsection (1) to the bond and file the other in his or her office and make [a suitable] reference on the registry duplicate of the bond to such filing;” ;
(c) by the substitution in subsection (2) for paragraph (d ) of the following
“ (d) endorse on the deed of transfer or cession the mortgage with the date and number of the bond and the amount due in terms thereof;” :, and
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(dj by the substitution for subsection (3) of the following sulbsection: “(3) As from the date of registration of the transfer or cession, the
transferor shall be absolved from any obligation secured by the bond and the transferee shall be substituted for him - or heras the debtor in respecf of such bond and shall be bound by the terms [thereolf] of the bond in the same manner as if he or she had [himself] passed the bond and had renounced therein the benefit of all relevant exceptions.”.
Amendment of section 39 of Act 16 of 1967
31. Section 39 of the principal Act is hereby amended- (a ) by the substitution for subsection (I) of the following subsection:
“( 1) (a) If it appears from the liquidation account of any estate which has beensequestrated or from the vouchers relating thereto that a payment has been made to any creditor on account of a bond registered in the [Mining Titles] Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office, the Master shall notify [the payment to] the Director-General [who shall thereupon write off the amount thereof] of such payment.
(b) The Director-General shall, upon receipt ofsoch notice, write off the amount in the appropriate register, on the registry duplicate of the bond and [also], if available, on the original bond.
(c) [, and the] The holder of the bond shall deliver the bond to the Master, who shallfornard it to the Director-General in order that the amount paid may be written off thereon.”;
(0) by the substitution for subsection (2) of the following subsection: “(2) (a ) Except in cases where an insolvent has been rehabilitated in
pursuance of a composition made by him with his creditors, the Master shall from time to time transmit to the Director-General a return specifying- (i) the name and address of every person who has been rehabilitated
after the sequestration of his e estate; and
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(ii) the rights and registered bonds appearing in the schedules lodged with the Master by or on behalf of such person or in the liquidation account of his estate,
and upon receipt of that return? the Director-General shall [in accor- dance therewith,] cancel in the appropriate registers all bonds registered 5 therein against the rights of the said person prior to the sequestration of his or her estate and endorse the registry duplicates, and, if available, [also] the bonds [themselves] as cancelled.
(b) The holders of such bonds shall, when requested to do so by the Master, deliver the bonds to him or her, and the Master shall forward 10 them to the Director-General for cancellation.”; and
(c) by the substitution for subsections (4) and ( 3 , respectively, of the following
“(4) Rights which have vested in a trustee in accordance with the provisions of the law relating to insolvency and which have not in terms 15 of that law been revested in the insolvent may, whether before or after rehabilitation of the insolvent, be transferred or ceded only by the trustee, and shall not after such rehabilitation be transflerred, ceded, mortgaged or otherwise dealt with by the insolvent until they have been transferred or ceded to him or her by the trustee: Provided that, notwithstanding the 20 provisions of this Act, if after the rehabilitation the trustee has been discharged, or if there is no trustee in existence, the Master shall, if satisfied that the rehabilitated insolvent is entitled to the rights, give him - or her transfer o cession thereof in such manner as may be prescribed.
insolvent has been revested with any rights.. such rights shall not be transferred, ceded, mortgaged or otherwise dealt with by the insolvent until an endorsement that the rights have been restored to him orher has been made by the Director-General on the title deed evidencing the rights[: Provided that no such endorsement shall be made by the 30 Director-General if the rights are registered in the name of a partnership until the rights have been dealt with in terms of section
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Amendment of section 40 of Act 16 of 1967
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“Endorsement on bond after sale in execution
40. Whenever any mortgaged rights have been sold in execution of a judgment of a competent court, or under express authority contained in a special law, to satisfy any debt due in respect of a registered bond or otherwise, and the proceeds of the sale have been paid to the legal holder of 40 the bond, the sheriff [or deputy sheriff or messenger] concerned or the person acting under the authority of such special law shall notify [to] the Director-General of how much of the capital sum due in terms of the bond has been paid, and shall transmit the bond to the Director-General, who shall [thereupon] write off the amount [so] paid in the appropriate registers 45 and [on the bond and the registry duplicate thereof] deeds.”.
Amendment of section 41 of Act 16 of 1967
33. Section 41 of the principal Act is hereby amended- (a) by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsection:
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effluxion of time or for any other reason, the Director-General may, on written application by or on behalf of the holder of the right encumbered thereby, accompanied by proof f such lapsing, the title deed evidencing the right and, if available, the deed of servitude or contract, note on such title deed and on such deed of servitude or contract, if such deed or contract has b’een produced, that such servitude or contract has lapsed].”;
(b) by the substitution for subsection (2) of the following subsection: “(2) Each notarial deed shall contain a [sufficient] description of the
rights encumbered by the servitude or contract together with a reference to the diagram or plan, [if any,] defining the servitude [or]? the rights or any part thereof to which the notarial deed relates[, unless such servitude or such rights or portion thereof are in the opinion of the Director-General sufficiently described ]in such deed,] and shall mention the title deed evidencing the encumbered rights.”;
(c) by the substitution in subsection (3) for paragraph (a) of the following
“(3) [(a)] For the purposes of the registration of the notarial deed there shall be produced a signed original of the deed to be filed in the [Mining Titles] Mineral and Petroleum Titles R e g i s t n w Office [as the registry duplicate], together with such further originals [or grosses] or copies certified by a notary public as may be prescribed [and the title deed evidencing the rights affected], accompanied by a diagram or plan depicting the area of the right.”;
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(d) by the deletion in subsection (3) of paragraph (b); and ( e ) by the deletion of subsection (5).
Amendment of section 42 of Act 16 of 1967
34. Section 42 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for
“(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 41, a personal servitude may be reserved by condition in a deed of transfer or cession of a right, if the reservation is in favour of the transferor or cedent [or in favour of the transferor or cedent and his spouse or the survivor of them if they are married in community of property, or in favour of the surviving spouse if transfer or cession is passed from the joint estate of spouses who were married in community of property].”.
subsection (2) of the following subsection:
Amendment of section 43 of Act 16 of 1967
35. The following section is hereby substituted for section 43 of the principal Act:
“Registration of lapse of personal servitude
43. (1) If for any reason [a personal] servitude or contract has lapsed, the Director-General shall note such lapsing on the title deed of the right and of the servitude and contract, on written application by the holder of the right encumbered thereby, accompanied by proof of [the lapse of the servitude] such lapsing, the title deed evidlencing the right; [and, if available, the title deed, if any, evidencing the servitude, note on the title deed of the right and of the servitude, if the title deed evidencing the servitude has been produced, that the servitude has lapsed] the deeds of servitude and contract accompanied by the appropriate diagram or
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(2) Cancellation of the registration of a personal servitude in pursuance of an agreement between the holder of the right encumbered and the holder of the servitude shall be effected by notarial deed, [but] subject to the provisions of this Act, and no such deed relating to any such servitude which is mortgaged[,] shall be registered unless the mortgagee has [in writing consented] given written consent to he cancellation of the bond or the release of the servitude from its operation.”.
Amendment of section 44 of Act 16 of 1967
36. Section 44 of the principal Act is hereby amended- (a) by the substitution for subsection (2) of the following subsection:
“(2) The deed of transfer or cession shall describe the transferor or cedent as the holder of the right and holder of the servitude, respectively[, but no mention of the servitude shall be made in the description of the right therein].”; and
(b) by the deletion of subsections (3) and (4).
Repeal of section 45 of Act 16 of 1967
37. Section 45 of the principal Act is hereby repealed.
Amendment of section 46 of Act 16 of 1967
38. Section 46 of the principal Act is hereby amended- (a) by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsection:
“( 1) [(a) Save where provision to the contrary is made in any law, any] Any lease or sub-lease of any right and any cession thereof required to be registered in the Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office [capable of being leased by virtue of the provisions of any law relating to prospecting and mining, and any cession of such a lease or sub-lease intended or required to be registered in the Mining Titles Office,] shall be executed by the lessor and the lessee or by the lessee and the sub-lessee or by the cedent and the cessionary and shall be attested by a notary public.”;
(b) by the deletion in subsection (1) of paragraph (b); and ( c ) by the addition of the following subsections:
“(3) Every amendment of the terms and conditions of any lease or sub-lease must be in the form of a notarial deed and must be submitted for registration to the Director-General together with such further originals or copies thereof and such other documents and deeds as may be prescribed.
(4) Whenever any lease or sub-lease is lodged for registration or has been amended, modified, abandoned or cancelled, either wholly or in part, such plans, diagrams, deeds and other documents as may beprescribed must be submitted to the Director-General, who must register or record such amendment, modification, abandonment or cancella- tion.“.
Amendment of section 47 of Act 16 of 1967
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“(1) When a registered lease [ofl 0’ sub-lease has terminated, the Director-General shall on written application by the [holder of the right affected thereby or the holder of the lease] lessor or the lessee or the lessee or sub-lessee, accompanied by proof of the termination of the lease or sub-lease, and[, in the case of the termination of the lease,:] by the title deed of the right leased and[, if availabl~e,] the deed of lease or [, ir. the case of the terminztion of the sub-leasst, by the deed of lease aiiG, if aFaiiabrle, the deed oQ sub-lease, noie [, in the case of the termination of the lease, upon the title deed of the right and on the
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deed of lease, if produced or, in the case of the termination of the sub-lease, upon the deed of lease and upon the deed of sub-lease, if produced,] that the lease or sub-lease has terminated.”; and
(b) by the addition of the following subsection: “(3) The Director-General may of his or her own accord endorse the 5
lapsing of the right subject to the provisions of this Act or any (&r law.”.
Repeal of sections 48 to 56 of Act 16 of 1967
40. Sections 48 to 56 of the principal Act are hereby repealed.
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41. The following section is hereby substituted for section 57 of the principal Act:
“Transfer and cession not to be passed as security
57. No transfer or cession of any right (except a mortgage bond) made as security for a debt or other obligation shall be attested by the Director- General or registered or recorded in the [Mining Titles] Mineral and 15 Petroleum Titles Registration Office.”.
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Amendment of section 58 of Act 16 of 1967
42. Section 58 of the principal Act is hereby amended- (a ) by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsection:
“(1) No deed of transfer or cession of any right [or certificat,e of 20 registered title issued in terms of section 271 shall be registered unless accompanied by a receipt or certificate of a competent [public revenue] officer that the taxes, duties and fees payable to the Government [or any provincial administration] on the rights to be transferred, ceded or registered have been paid.”; and 2.5
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Amendment of section 59 of Act 16 of 1967
43. Section 59 of the principal Act is hereby amended- ( a ) by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsection:
“( 1) If the name of any person [or partnership] whose name appears 30 in any registered deed or other document has changed [his or its name], the Director-General shall, upon written applicat~on and written proof of the change by that person [or partnership and upon production of‘the consent in writing of every other person interested in such deed or other document or in the rights created, conveyed or evidenced 35 thereby], endorse on the said deed or document such c h a w if he ~ or she is satisfied that no change of person in law is implied [in such change of name, endorse on the said deed or other doculment that the name of the person or partnership has been changed to the name stated in the application and if] and where the old name gated in the application 40 appears in another deed or other document registered in the [Mining Titles] Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office, that deed or other document shall be [likewise] endorsecc and in either case corresponding entries shall be made in the registers.”; and
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(b) by the substitution for subsection (2) of the following subsection: “(2) Except in the case of a person [or plartnership] whose name has
been changed in accordance with .the provisions of any law, the Director-General shall refuse to make any endorsement in terms of subsection (1) [until the applicant has plublished a notice in a form 5 approved of by the Director-General once in the Gazette and three times in a newspaper approved by him, and if any objection which in his opinion is bonajide and sufficiently material, is not later than one week after the last publication in tlhe Gazette or newspaper, whichever may be the later publication, lodged with him to the 10 endorsement being made, he may refuse to make the endorsement] except upon [the authority ofl an order of court[, and the court shall have jurisdiction to make such order in the matter as it may deem just].”.
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44. Section 61 of the principal Act is hereby amended-- (a) by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsection:
”( 1) (a ) Any power of attorney executed within the Republic which purports to give authority to pass, cede, amend or cancel a deed or document [capable of being registered or to perform any act which 20 may properly be performed in the Mining Titles Office], or to perform any act in the Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office, shall be attested either by two witnesses [above the age of fourteen years] who are competent to give evidence in any court of law in the Republic or by a magistrate, justice of the peace, commissioner of oaths or notary public 25 under his designation [as such].
which he or she is appointed as an agent or derives any benefit.”; and (b) No person shall be competent to attest any power of attorney under
(6) by the substitution for subsection (2) of the following subsection: “(2) The provisions of subsection (1) sha.11 [mutatis mutandis] apply 30
to any other original document intended for registration or filing or production in the [Mining Titles] Mimral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office.”.
Repeal of section 62 of Act 16 of 1967
45. Section 62 of the principal Act is hereby repealed. 35
Amendment of section 63 of Act 16 of 1967
46. Section 63 of the principal Act is hereby amended-. (a ) by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsection:
“(1) No application made to the court for authority or an order involving the performance of any act in the [Mining Titles] Mineral and 40
Office shall be: heard, unless the applicant has at least fourteen days before the hearing given the Director-General written notice of his e r intention to make: such application: Provided that, subject to the provisions of this Act, the Director-General may accept notice of shorter duration if the exigencies of his or her office 45 permit.”; and
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Amendment of section 64 of Act 16 of 1967
47. Section 64 of the principal Act is hereby amended-- (a) by the substitution for subsection (2) .of the following subsection:
“(2) If a deed or other document which has become void as [aforesaid,] contemplated in subsection (1) [comes into the custody or 5 possession of any person who knows that a copy has been issued in substitution therefor, he shall forthwith deliver or transmit] & subsequently found, such deed or other document shall be delivered or transmitted immediately to the Director-General.”; and
(b) by the substitution for subsection (3) of the foll!owing subsection: 10 “(3) When any deed or other document which has become void as
[aforesaid] contemplated in subsection (1) is delivered or transmitted to the Director-General, he orshe shall impound [such deed or document and file it] it for filing in his or her office after having made an endorsement thereon that it has become void.”. 15
Substitution of section 65 of Act 16 of 1967
48. The following section is hereby substituted for secl.ion 65 of the principal Act:
“Exemption from liability for acts or omissions in the Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office
65. No act or omission of the Directo:r-General or of any officer 20 employed in the [Mining Titles] Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office shall render the Government or the Director-General or such officer liable for [damage sustained] damages :suffered by any person in consequence of such act or omission: Provided that if such act or omission is mala $de or if the Director-General or such officer has not exercised 25 reasonable care and diligence in carrying out his e duties in connection with the matter in relation to which such act or omission occurrrd, the Government shall be liable for the [damage] damages, and in that event any amount paid by the Government shall be recoverable from the Director- General or such officer.”. 30
Substitution of section 66 of Act 16 of 1967
49. The following section is hereby substituted for section 66 of the principal Act:
“Formal defects
66. No act or omission in connection with any registration in the [Mining Titles] Mineral and Petroleum Titles Registr- Office shall be invali- 35 dated by any formal defect, whether such defect occurs in any deed passed or registered or in any document upon the authsority of which any such deed has been passed or registered or which is required to be produced in connection with the passing or registrati0.n of such deed, unless a substantial injustice has by such act or omission been done, which in the 40 opinion of the court cannot be remedied by any order of ~ourt .”.
Repeal of section 67 of Act 16 of 1967
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Insertion of section 67A in Act 16 of 1967
51. The following section is hereby inserted in the principal Act after section 67:
“Registration of OP26 rights and converted old order rights
67A. All OP26 rights and old order rights converted in terms of the relevant provisions of Schedule I1 to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources 5 Development Act, 2002, shall be lodged by the holder for simultaneous registration and de-registration at the Minelral and Petroleum Titles Registration Office, or the Deeds Office, as the case may be, within 90 days of the conversion thereof.”.
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52. The principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for the expression “Supreme Court”, wherever it appears, of the expression “High Court”.
Amendment of Act 47 of 1937
53. Subject to Schedule I1 to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002, the Deeds Registries Act, 1937 (Act No. 47 of 1937), is hereby amended to the 15 extent set out in the Schedule.
Short title and commencement
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SCHEDULE
LAWS AMENDED
(Section 53)
Vo. and year of Act
4ct No. 47 of 1937
Short title
keds Registries Act, 1937(Act No. 47 of 1937)
Extent of repeal or amendment
1. The repeal of sections 3(1)(l), 3(l)(nz), 3(l)(n), 3(l)(q), 17(5)(b), 26(l)bis, 44(3), 64(2)bis, 64(2)ter, 70 to 74ter, 84, 85, and
2. The substitution for section 21 of the follow- 90(2)(b);
ing section: “21. Transfer or cession from join& We.-In any deed of transfer or d e e f cession lodged in a deeds registry and relar- ing to an asset in a joint estate, the ing spouse shall be joined in his or her per- sonal capacity with the executor of & estate of the (deceased spouse e x c e p h
(a) where the executor is dealing lw with the share of the deceased spouse; or
the debl:s of the joint estate; 01:
joint estate and the surviving spouse has adiated; or
favour (of the surviving spouse;or
such transfer or cession, has been signed by the surviving spouse in the
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capacity of executor.”. 3. The amendment of section 28 by the substi-
tution for subsection (1) of the following subsection:
“(1) If the share or shares owned by any of the parties to a partition appear from the title deeds 01 the land partitioned to be sub- ject to a lease, personal servitude or other real right [(excluding any rights to miner- als)] the wri1:ten consent of the holder thereof to the partition and allocation of the lease, servitude or other such real right, together with the deed, if any, by which the lease, servihlde or real right is held, shall be produced to the registrar.
$. The amendment of section 32 by- (a ) the deletion in subsections ( I ) , 2(a) and
(4) of “or right to minerals” wher- ever it appears in the said subsections;
(b) the substitution for subsection ( 5 ) of the following subsection:
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“ ( 5 ) Imlnediately after any riswf servitud’z over any land has bel= propriated, the expropriatins authority shall lodge with the registrar a@ fied cop,y of the notice of exprc,pna- tion, two copies of the relevanl. expro- priation plan of the servitude ill question and a certificate describin_p the land and stating the name. number and administration district ther- well as the full names and surname of the registered owner and the nl- (consisting of the serial and year num- ber) of the title deed, and the registrar shall cause a note of the expropriation to be made in his or her registers,& if at any time the original of th* deed is lodged in his or her reg* for anv I3umose or auulication is made for the ksue of a certified copyof such titll: deed, the registrar shaJ cause an appropriate note to be= dorsed tlnereon as well as on the office copy thereof and a copy of theexpro- priation plan to be annexed t h e w well as to the office copy thereof;”;
(cj the substitution for subsection (5A) of
“Whenever any right of servitude [or right to minerals] over land has been expropriated and formal cession of such right of servitude [or right to minerals] to the cessionary has not been effected, the registrar shall, on written application by the cessionary and the owner of the land [or right to minerals], cancel any note of the ex- propriation in his & registers or endorsement on the title deed of the land [or the title under which the right to minerals is held,] and there- upon the expropriated right of :servi- tude [or right to minerals] shall vest in such owner.”.
i. The amendment af section 63 by the substi- tution for subsection (2) of the following subsection:
the following subsection:
“(2) The provisions of subsection ( ] )shal l not apply with reference to any condition in a mortgage bond or lease or in a deed re-
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ferred to in section 3(l)(cj or ( p i . ” . j . The amendment of section 64(1) by the dele-
tion of the words [other than a right to minerals].
‘. The amendment of section 67 by the deletion of the words [or in a deed of cession of rights to mine~-als], the words, [or cedent], and the words, [or cession] wherever these appear in the said section.
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Sectional Titles Act, 1986
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3. The amendment of section 77-
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(a ) by the deletion in subsection (1) of the words “or of any rights to minerals in land” ; and
words “or right”. (bj by the deletion in subsection (2) of the
>, The amendment of section 90 by the substi- tution for subsection (1) of the following subsection:
“(1) If it is expressly provided in- (a) a registered lease of land [or
rights to minerals]; or (bj a registered deed creating or evi-
dencing a servitude[; or (c} a registered prospecting con-
tract], .hat it shall lapse upon failure to make regularly my periodical payments mentioned therein, the .egistrar shall upon written application accom- nnied by an &davit by the lessor or grantor of he registered right (as the case may be) that the ;aid periodical payments have not been duly nade, cancel the registration of the lease [,I 0’ ;ervitude [or contrast]:”. LO. Amendment of section 102 by-
(a) the deletion in the definition of “im- movable property” of paragraph (a);
(b) the deletion of the definition of “pros- pecting contract”;
(c) the deletion in the definition of ‘share’ of “and rights to minerals”.
rhe amendment of section 17(5) by the deletion If the words “[, excluding mineral rights,]”.
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