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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

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The Act consists of 47 sections divided into 10 Chapters: Definitions and applications of the Act (1); Juristic personality and legal system of tenure (2; Transfer and registration of communal land (3) Provision of comparable redress where tenure cannot be legally secured (4); The conduct of land rights enquiry (5); Content, making and registration of community rules (6); Land Administration Co

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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)

Regulations
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These Regulations amend the Regulations in terms of the Deeds Registries Act by substituting regulation 16 and by amending provisions concerning, among other things, the description of land, immovable property in partnership deeds, land transferred pursuant to a will, partition in case of inheritance, servitudes and leases.

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This Act provides for the protection of agricultural land in rural areas, i.e. land that not situated in urban areas (except for provisions for the control of weed that do apply to land in urban areas). The Act shall not apply to mountain catchment areas.

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This Act modifies the customary law of the indigenous African people of South Africa concerning intestate succession regarding of an estate or part of the estate of any person who is subject to customary law who dies after the commencement of this Act and whose estate does not devolve in terms of that person’s will. Certain provisions of the of Intestate Succession Act will apply.

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This Act amends the Sectional Titles Act, 1986 in provisions concerning, among other things: the registration of a sectional mortgage bond; certification of registered sectional title or real right; and extension of schemes by notarial deed.

Amends: Sectional Titles Act, 1986. (1999)

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This Act amends the Deeds Registries Act 1937 in provisions concerning, among other things: appointment of the Chief Registrar; the duties of the Registrar; and the issuing of a certificate of title in respect of a fraction of an undivided share in land.

Amends: Deeds Registries Act. (2000)

Legislation
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This Act provides that, with effect from the date on which any person other than the developer becomes an owner of a unit in a scheme, there shall be deemed to be established for that scheme a body corporate of which the developer and such person are members, and any person who thereafter becomes an owner of a unit in that scheme is a member of that body corporate.

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This Act makes amendments to the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 in respect of a wide variety of matters including municipal managers and acting municipal managers and other matters regarding the administration of municipalities.

Amends: Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000. (2004)

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