This Act principally makes provision for the making and registration of deeds regarding land and other real rights, for rights in land such as lease and servitude and for the transfer of land.The Act consists of 88 section divided into 7 Parts: Preliminary (I); Administration (II); Registration (III); Registration of land (IV); Bonds (V); Rights in immovable property (VI); General (VII).There shall exist registries of deeds as set out in section 3. The Minister shall appoint a Chief Registrar of Deeds and may appoint other registrars of deeds pursuant to section 4. Duties of registrars are set out in section 5. Section 14 states that, subject to this Act or any other law the ownership of land may be conveyed from one person to another only by means of a deed of transfer executed or attested by a registrar. Section 16 of Part IV concerns the transfer of State land. Subject to the provisions of section 18, the appropriate Minister may direct a registrar to cancel the title deed of any land owned by the State under title deed or land in respect of which the State has the right to claim transfer. Other provisions of Part IV concern the transfer of other land and the certificate of title.
Amended by: Deeds Registries Amendment Act, 2017 (No. 8 of 2017).. (2017)
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The UK annexed Southern Rhodesia from the former British South Africa Company in 1923. A 1961 constitution was formulated that favored whites in power. In 1965 the government unilaterally declared its independence, but the UK did not recognize the act and demanded more complete voting rights for the black African majority in the country (then called Rhodesia). UN sanctions and a guerrilla uprising finally led to free elections in 1979 and independence (as Zimbabwe) in 1980.