MERGER OF OFFICES SEES STREAMLINED ACCESS TO LAND INFORMATION IN KZN

A GROUNDBREAKING INITIATIVE BETWEEN the respective offices of the KwaZulu-Natal surveyor general and the Registrar of Deeds is set to streamline the public’s access to important land information while also increasing security for billions of rands’ worth of property documents.

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A GROUNDBREAKING INITIATIVE BETWEEN the respective offices of the KwaZulu-Natal surveyor general and the Registrar of Deeds is set to streamline the public’s access to important land information while also increasing security for billions of rands’ worth of property documents.

“The launch of an information centre in Pietermaritzburg that houses both the KZN surveyor general and Registrar of Deeds’s offices under one roof is an unprecedented undertaking in South Africa,” announced Dr Nozizwe Makgalemele, deputy director general of land planning and information for the Department of Land Affairs.

Head of the KZN surveyor general’s office, Chris Williams-Wynn, explained that within the new information centre, land title deeds and other important documents would be available to the public electronically instead of in their original format. This would significantly reduce the danger of the original documents being stolen or damaged.
“This centre will also provide a better interface for clients and the general public to access land information, including maps, aerial photos, ortho-photos, diagrams, general plans, sectional title plans, title deeds and electronic Cadastral Information Services,” Williams-Wynn said.

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The new information centre is situated on the ground floor at 300 Pietermaritz Street, Pietermaritzburg. – Lloyd Phillips