Land Law Process
THE PROCESS FOR ACQUIRING LAND FOR DEVELOPMENT
Application phase: Identification of the land, mapping, consultation with the local chiefs and communities and a Surveyor placing blocks to mark the boundaries. At this point a provisional "Title" or "Duat" is issued which is similar to a Notarial Deed of Lease in South Africa.
Provisional phase: The developer has two years to complete the development plan. This includes Municipal permission by way of an Environmental Impact Study, site development approval, passing of house plans, building licences, building of infrastructure as well as the actual construction in accordance with the plans submitted. The land and proposed development are now registered with the real property registry.
The definitive Title phase can now proceed. The developer must ensure that he proceeds with the development as planned. Extensions to the time period as well as changes to the development plan can be granted.