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Can I apply for a SPLUMA certificate now in case I later decide to sell my property?

Unless your property constitutes a "new erf" or land development, you won't need a SPLUMA certificate.

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Can I get a title deed if I only have proof of purchase, and can I build and rent out a house?

You have a land right in terms of IPILRA of 1996. Development depends on the zoning rules of your area.

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Can I be evicted if I have a PTO certificate?

You are protected by the Interim Protection of Informal Land Rights Act and cannot be removed without your informed permission.

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Can my elderly father be evicted from the farm my grandfather bought in 1990 because he doesn't have a title deed?

No one can be evicted without a court order, but it will be very difficult to prove that your father is legally occupying the land.

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Who can assist me to obtain a Permission to Occupy (PTO) certificate?

Your municipal manager ought to know, otherwise ask the MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development.

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If I settle on municipal land, can I negotiate with the municipality to buy it later?

No, it's illegal - the municipality would consider this as land invasion.

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Can I sell a portion of the municipal land that I bought?

Consult the municipality about what the minimum size for subdivision is in your area.

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Where can I get a PTO certificate for my rural stand?

You need to approach the traditional leader in the area where you live.

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We have been told that the tribal authority did not have the right to sell land to us. What will happen to us?

Even if an eviction order is granted, you cannot be evicted until after lockdown. You may need legal assistance if you want to be recompensated.

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How can my friend transfer his Permission to Occupy to my name?

A PTO cannot be transferred because it is not a title deed.

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