Land Affairs General Amendment Act

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Published: 2000-03-24

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Land Affairs General Amendment Act [No. 11 of 2000]
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
GOVERNMENT GAZETTE
STAATSKOERANT
VAN DIE REPUBLIEK VAN SUID-AFRIKA
Registered at the Post Of ice as a Newspaper As ‘n Nuusblad by die Poskantoor Geregistreer
CAPE TOWN, 24 MARCH 2000 VOL. 417 No. 21028
KAAPSTAD, 2 4 M A A R T 2000 ~
I OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY
No. 301. 24 March 2000
It is hereby notified that the President has assented to the following Act which is hereby published for general information:—
No. 11 of 2000: Land Affairs General Amendment Act, 2000.
KANTOOR VAN DIE PRESIDENSIE
No. 301. 24 Maart 2000
Hierby word bekend gemaak dat die President SY goed- keuring geheg het aan die onderstaande Wet wat hierby ter algemene inligting gepubliseer word:—
No. 11 van 2000: Algemene Wysigingswet op Grondsake, 2000.
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Act No. 11,2000 LAND A~AIRS GENERAL AMENDMENT An, 2000
GENERAL EXPLANATORY NOTE:
[ 1 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 22 March 2000.)
ACT To amend the Deeds Registries Act, 1937, so as to provide for the deeds registries regulations board to make regulations regarding the manner in which the payment of the fees of office maybe enforced; to amend the KwaZulu Land Affairs Act, 1992, so as to validate certiin acts purporting to have been performed in terms of that Act; to amend the Provision of Land and Assistance Act, 1993, so as to provide for the amendment, withdrawal and lapsing of conditions; to amend the Restitution of Land Righti Act, 1994, so as to exclude issues concerning the definition of “occupier” from section 22 of the Act; and to provide for the secondment of judges and appointment of acting judges to the Land Claims Court; to amend the Land Reform (Labour Tenants) Act, 1996, so as to extend the date upon which the right contemplated in the proviso to section 16(1) lapses; to authorise the Land Claims Court to issue an order wherein proceedings before it, it is averred that the person sought to be evicted is a Iabour tenant, but it is subsequently not proved that such a person is a Iabour tenant; and to exempt awards of land certified by the Director-General from laws regulating the subdivision of land; to amend the Extension of Security of Tenure Act, 1997, so as to require the submission of a report to the Court for the purposes of section 9(2)(c); to extend the period for the review by the Land Claims Court of eviction orders by magistrates’ courts pending the review thereof by the Land Claims Court; and to recognise the jurisdiction of the magistrate’s court for purposes of section 20(2) of the said Act; to amend the Transformation of Certain Rural Areas Act, 1998, so as to insert a procedure whereby the registrar of deeds may endorse a title deed in the event of land vesting in a municipality in terms of section 2 of the said Act; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
BE IT ENACTED by the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, asfollows:— Amendment of section 10 of Act 47 of 1937, as amended by section 5 of Act 43 of 1957, section 5 of Act 43 of 1962, section 4 of Act 87 of 1965, section 4 of Act 3 of 1972, section 2 of Act 92 of 1978, section 5 of Act 27 of 1982, section 3 of Act 62 of 5 1984, section 5 of Act 14 of 1993, section 3 of Act 170 of 1993 and section 68 of Act 67 of 1995
1. Section 10 of the Deeds Registries Act, 1937, is hereby amended by the substitution for paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of the following paragraph:
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“(b) 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 a deeds registry, including any report made to the court by the registrar [in connection with any ap-plication or action to which he is not a party] in terms of this Act and the manner in which the payment of the fees maybe enforced, which may include the suspension of lodgement or lodgement facilities for deeds or any other document by any person in default of payment of such fees.”.
Amendment of section 39 of Act 11 of 1992, as amended by section 1 of Act 48 of 1998
2. (1) Section 39 of the KwaZulu Land Affairs Act, 1992. is hereby amended by the substitution for subsection (3) of the following subsection:
“(3) Anything purporting to have been done in terms of this Act on or after 27 April 1994 and prior to the commencement of the KwaZdu Land Affairs Amendment Act, 1998 (Act No. 48 of 1998), and which could have been done in terms of this Act [by any Premier or any member of the Executive Council of the province of KwaZulu-Natal or any employee of the provincial administra- tion of that province] had this Act been assigned [to the provincial executive or an authority within the provincial executive of that province] as contemplated in the Constitution or had any power by or under this Act been delegated as contemplated in section 2 of the Land Administration Act, 1995 (Act No. 2 of 1995), is hereby deemed to have been done validly in terms of this Act.”.
(2) Subsection (1) shall be deemed to have come into operation on 11 September 1998.
Amendment of section 2 of Act 126 of 1993, as substituted by section 2 of ‘Act 26 of 1998
3. Section 2 of the Provision of Land and Assistance Act, 1993, is hereby amended by the substitution for subsection (3) of the following subsection:
“(3) The Minister may by notice in the Gazette— (a) impose conditions for the use of the land designated under subsection (1); and (b) amend, withdraw or provide for the lapsing of any condition contemplate~
paragraph (a).”.
Amendment of section 22 of Act 22 of 1994, as amended by section 1 of Act 84 of 1995, section 10 of Act 78 of 1996 and section 13 of Act 63 of 1997
4. Section 22 of the Restitution of Land Rights Act, 1994, is hereby amended by the substitution in subsection (1) for paragraph (cC) of the following paragraph:
‘(cC) to determine any matter involving the interpretation or applica- tion of this Act or the Land Reform (Labour Tenants) Act, 1996 (Act No. 3 of 1996), with the exception of matters relating to the definition of ‘occupier’ in section 1(1) of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act, 1997 (Act No. 62 of 1997);”.
Insertion of section 26A in Act 22 of 1994
5. The following section is hereby inserted in the Restitution of Land Rights Act, 1994, after section 26:
“Secondment of judges and appointment of acting judges to Land Claims Court
26A. ( I ) Notwithstanding sections 22(3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8) and (9), 23, 25 and 26, the Minister of Justice must, fifter consultfition with the Minister, at the expiry of the fixed term contemplated in section 22(5)
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cause such number of judges of the High Court as may be necessary to be seconded to serve as judges of the Court.
(2) The Minister may request the Minister of Justice to appoint an acting judge of the Court in accordance with section 175(2) of the Constitution for such period as may be necessary.
(3) The President of the Republic shall, after consultation with the Minister of Justice, designate one of the seconded judges or an acting judge appointed under subsection (2), to act as President of the Court.
(4) Proceedings in which— (a) a seconded judge or acting judge has participated and which have not
been disposed of during the secondment or the term of service or, having been disposed of before or after such secondment or term, are reopened; or
(b) a judge of the Court appointed under section 22 has participated and which have not been disposed of at the expiry of the fixed term contemplated in subsection (1) or, having been disposed of before or after such exDiv, are reopened,.-
must be disposed of by that ju-dge.”.
Amendment of section 13 of Act 3 of 1996, as substituted by section 34 of Act 63 of 1997
6. Section 13 of the Land Reform (Labour Tenants) Act, 1996, is hereby amended by the substitution in subsection (1A) for the words preceding paragraph (a) of the following words:
“[Ifl With the exception of issues concemin g the definition of ‘occupier’ in section 1(1) of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act, 1997 (Act No. 62 of 1997), if an issue arises in a case in a magistrate’s court or a High Court which requires that court to interpret or apply thi~Act and-”.
Amendment of section 16 of Act 3 of 1996
7. Section 16 of the Land Reform (Labour Tenants) Act, 1996, is hereby amended by the substitution in subsection (1) for the proviso of the following proviso:
“Provided that the right to apply to be awarded such land, rights in land and servitudes shall lapse if no application is lodged with the Director-General in terms of section 17 [within four years of the commencement of this Act] on or before 31 March 2001.”.
Amendment of section 33 of Act 3 of 1996, as amended by section 42 of Act 63 of 1997, section 5 of Act 61 of 1998 and section 13 of Act 18 of 1999
8. Section 33 of the Land Reform (Labour Tenants) Act, 1996, is hereby amended by the insertion in subsection (1) after paragraph (eA) of the following paragraph:
“(eB) in proceedings for the eviction of a person averred to be a labour tenant where it is not proved that such person is a labour tenant, m&e such order as it deems just.”.
Substitution of section 40 of Act 3 of 1996, as substituted by section 45 of Act 63 of 1997
9. The following section is hereby substituted for section 40 of the Land Reform (Labour Tenants) Act, 1996:
“Non-application of certain laws
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awarded to an applicant, the land in question shall not be subject to [the provisions of the Subdivision of Agricultural Land Act, 1970 (Act No. 70 of 1970), or] any [other] law regulating the subdivision of land.”.
Amendment of section 9 of Act 62 of 1997, as amended by section 28 of Act 61 of 1998 5
10. Section 9 of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act, 1997, is hereby amended by the addition of the following subsection:
“(3) For the purposes of subsection (2)(c) , the Court must request a probation officer contemplated in section 1 of the Probation Sewices Act, 1991 (Act No. 116 of 1991), or an officer of the department or any other officer in the employment of 10 the State, as may be determined by the Minister, to submit a report within a reasonable period— (a) on the availability of suitable alternative accommodation to the occupier; (b) indicating how an eviction will affect the constitutional rights of any affected
person, including the rights of the children, if any, to education; 15 (c) pointing out any undue hardships which an eviction would cause the occupier;
and (d) on any other matter as may be prescribed.”.
Amendment of section 19 of Act 62 of 1997, as amended by section 28 of Act 61 of 1998
11. Section 19 of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act, 1997, is hereby amended— (a) by the substitution in subsection (3) for the words preceding paragraph (a) of
the following words: “Any order for eviction by a magistrate’s court in terms of this Act, in respect of proceedings instituted on or before [31 December 1999] a date to be determined by the Minister and published in the Gazette, shall be subject to automatic review by the Land Claims Court, which may—”; and
(b) by the insertion after subsection (4) of the following subsection: “(5) Any order for eviction contemplated in subsection (3) shall be
suspended pending the review thereof by the Land Claims Court.”.
Amendment of section 20 of Act 62 of 1997, as amended by section 29 of Act 61 of 1998
12. Section 20 of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act, 1997, is hereby amended by the substitution for subsection (2) of the following subsection:
“(2) Subject to [the provisions of section] sections 17(2) and 19(1), the Land Claims Court shall have the powers set out in subsection(1) to the exclusion of any court contemplated in section 166(c), (d) or (e) of the Constitution.”.
Amendment of section 2 of Act 94 of 1998
13. Section 2 of the Transformation of Certain Rural Areas Act, 1998, is hereby amended by the addition of the following subsection, the existing section becoming subsection (1):,
“(2) If the ownership of all the land held under a title deed vests in a municipality in terms of subsection (1), the registrw of deeds concerned must m~e such alterations and entries in his or her registers and such endorsements on any such title deed in terms of the second proviso to section 16 of the Deeds Registries Act, 1937 (Act No. 47 of 1937), as are necessary to give effect to such vesting.”.
Short title
14. (1) This Act shall be called the Land Affairs General Amendment Act, 2000. (2) Section 11((/) shall be deemed to have come into operation on 1 January 2000.
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