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Dutch traders landed at the southern tip of modern day South Africa in 1652 and established a stopover point on the spice route between the Netherlands and the Far East, founding the city of Cape Town. After the British seized the Cape of Good Hope area in 1806, many of the Dutch settlers (Afrikaners, called "Boers" (farmers) by the British) trekked north to found their own republics in lands taken from the indigenous black inhabitants. The discovery of diamonds (1867) and gold (1886) spurred wealth and immigration and intensified the subjugation of the native inhabitants. The Afrikaners resisted British encroachments but were defeated in the Second South African War (1899-1902); however, the British and the Afrikaners, ruled together beginning in 1910 under the Union of South Africa, which became a republic in 1961 after a whites-only referendum. In 1948, the Afrikaner-dominated National Party was voted into power and instituted a policy of apartheid - the separate development of the races - which favored the white minority at the expense of the black majority. The African National Congress (ANC) led the opposition to apartheid and many top ANC leaders, such as Nelson MANDELA, spent decades in South Africa's prisons. Internal protests and insurgency, as well as boycotts by some Western nations and institutions, led to the regime's eventual willingness to negotiate a peaceful transition to majority rule. The first multi-racial elections in 1994 following the end of apartheid ushered in majority rule under an ANC-led government. South Africa has since struggled to address apartheid-era imbalances in decent housing, education, and health care. ANC infighting came to a head in 2008 when President Thabo MBEKI was recalled by Parliament, and Deputy President Kgalema MOTLANTHE, succeeded him as interim president. Jacob ZUMA became president after the ANC won general elections in 2009; he was reelected in 2014.

South Africa is a parliamentary republic.

Source: CIA World Factbook

Government of South Africa Resources

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Regulations
July 2015
South Africa
Africa
Southern Africa

This Notice of the Minister of Environmental Affairs, made under section 69(1)(iA) of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008, regulates the planning and management of residue stockpiles and residue deposits from a prospecting, mining, exploration or production operation including the assessment of impacts and analyses of risks relating to the management of residue stockpiles and residue deposits. It also provides for a pollution control barrier system and a monitoring and reporting system.

Regulations
June 2015
South Africa
Africa
Southern Africa

These Regulations amend the Regulations made under the Sectional Titles Act, 1986 with respect to documents to be registered in the sectional title register (reg. 13); acceptance of responsibility for correctness of facts presented for registration (reg. 16C); description and numbering of Exclusive Use Areas and requirements for the transfer of such areas (reg. 28); forms (Annexure 1); and management rules for association of owners (Annexure 8).

Amends: Regulations made under the Sectional Titles Act, 1986. (1988-04-08)

Regulations
June 2015
South Africa
Africa
Southern Africa

These Regulations amend the Regulations in terms of the Deeds Registries Act in: regulation 28 (particulars of a deed wherein land is described), regulation 39 (authority for the performance of specified acts), regulation 44A (correctness of facts in preparing certificates), regulation 45 (lodgement and execution of deeds), regulation 52 (requirements of registration in case of in the partition of land, an undivided share in such land is registered in the name of a deceased person, or of his or her estate, or of his or her surviving spouse), regulation 68 (copy of a deed in case of loss or

Legislation
October 2014
South Africa
Africa
Southern Africa

This Act amends the Integrated Coastal Management Act, 2008 with respect to a wide variety of matters including composition coastal public property, access fees, purposes for which coastal public property is established, reclamation of land by public authorities for state infrastructure and other purposes, the declaration of state-owned land as coastal public property, establishment of coastal management lines for protection purposes, award of coastal use permits on coastal public property and unlawful structures on coastal public property.

Legislation
June 2014
South Africa
Africa
Southern Africa

This Act: (a) gives effect to the provisions of the Constitution which provide for land reform and to facilitate land reform through the regulation of the valuation of property; (b) provides for the establishment of the Office of the Valuer-General; (c) provides for the valuation of property that has been identified for purposes of land reform; (d) provides a voluntary valuation service to departments; and (e) provides for the setting of criteria and procedures and the monitoring of valuations.

Legislation
June 2014
South Africa
Africa
Southern Africa

The Act amend the Restitution of Land Rights Act, 1994 in sections 6, 11, and 12 in respect o legal proceedings and in section 17 in respect of offences. It also, among other things, repeals sections 23, 26 and 26A and makes an amendment to section 42D with respect to delegation of powers.

Amends: Restitution of Land Rights Act (No. 22 of 1994). (1994-11-25)

Legislation
June 2014
Southern Africa

An act to provide for the establishment, functions and powers of the Office of the Valuer-General; to provide for the appointment and responsibilities of the Valuer-General; to provide for the regulation of the valuation of property that has been identified for land reform as well as property that has been identified for acquisition or disposal by a department; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

 

Legislation & Policies
December 2013
South Africa

To amend the Deeds Registries Act, 1937, so as to provide discretion in respect of the rectification of errors in the name of a person or the description of property mentioned in deeds and other documents; to provide for the issuing of certificates of registered title taking the place of deeds that have become incomplete or unserviceable; to substitute an obsolete reference; to substitute an outdated heading; to delete reference to the repealed Agricultural Credit Act, 1966; to further regulate the updating of deeds in respect of the change of names of companies, close corporations and the

Legislation
December 2013
South Africa
Africa
Southern Africa

This Act amends the Deeds Registries Act 1937 in provisions concerning, among other things: the definition of " deeds registry"; the issuing of a certificate of title to replace a lost or destroyed deed; and change of deeds.

Amends: Deeds Registries Act. (2000)

Legislation
December 2013
South Africa
Africa
Southern Africa

This Act amends the Sectional Titles Act, 1986 in provisions concerning, among other things: the definition of "land surveyor"; application for a certification of registered sectional title; and approval of development schemes.

Amends: Sectional Titles Act, 1986. (1999)

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