Jun 2017 1st Edition

New deeds office for Limpopo

The people of Limpopo no longer have to travel long distances to register their properties at the deeds office.

A total of 140 deeds were lodged within a day of the Limpopo Deeds Registry opening for business in Polokwane (Photo: Avhashoni Magada, via TwitterThe Department of Rural Development and Land Reform has opened first-ever Limpopo Deeds Registry in Polokwane.

Deputy Minister Mcebisi Skwatsha says the historic opening of the office is part of strengthening government’s commitment to provide better access to deeds services for the people of the province.

“We are bringing the service closer to the people. We hope the people of Limpopo will take advantage of this office.”

Previously, over 300 000 Limpopo land parcels were handled by the Pretoria Deeds Registry, and a further 200 000 by the Mpumalanga Deeds Registry.

Services for the broader citizenry

“The benefits of this important milestone are two-fold,” Deputy Minister Skwatsha says. “Firstly, it will serve in the interest of the promotion of better and accessible services that are decentralised, to the broader citizenry of the province.

“Secondly, there will be increased access to information and deeds registration services.

“Both benefits will result in improved service delivery that is client-centric.”

The new office is at 101 Dorp Street near the Provincial Hospital in Polokwane, in the Capricorn district. The Office of the Surveyor General is in the same building. 

What does a Deeds Office Registry do?

The Deeds Office is responsible for the registration, management and maintenance of the property registry of South Africa.

You can get the following information from the deeds registry:

  • The registered owner of a property
  • The conditions affecting such property
  • Interdicts and contracts in respect of the property
  • Purchase price of the property
  • Rules of a sectional title scheme
  • A copy of an antenuptial (marriage) contract, deeds of servitude, mortgage bonds, and so on
  • A copy of a sectional title plan

Steps to get a copy of a deed or document from a deeds registry:

  1.  Physically go to the deeds office
  2. Go to the information desk where an official will help you complete a the necessary form and explain the procedure
  3. Request a search on the property
  4.  Pay the required fee at the cashier’s office.

Information can also be accessed at www.deeds.gov.za. For more information on the deeds registry call 0800 007 095.


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