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Township Establishment: A Comprehensive Guide 🏙️


✔️ Township Establishment is a multifaceted procedure that transforms agricultural zoned land into residential, commercial, or industrial properties, commonly known as erven.

✔️ Township Development is a term that is also used to describe a Town Establishment process.

✔️ The successful execution of a Township Establishment application requires adherence to a prescribed set of advertisements, processes, and follow-up work, overseen by a skilled town planner.

✔️ Additionally, coordination with other disciplines is crucial. The approval timeframe for the application is typically around 12 months, assuming no objections are raised.

✔️ If the property in question is an agricultural holding, an Excision of Holding application must be submitted to convert it back to a farm portion.

It is important to note that a township cannot be established on a holding; therefore, reverting the property to farmland is a necessary preliminary step. The approval process for the Excision of Holding application generally takes approximately 2 months.

Following the approval of the excision application, a land surveyor must be appointed to submit the approval to the Surveyor General for obtaining a new farm description. Once the relevant documents are returned to the City Council, an Excision Certificate is issued.

A lawyer then submits the certificate, along with the Title Deed, to the Deed Office for endorsement with the new farm description.


Application Procedure for Township Establishment:


1️⃣ Preparation of a township establishment application and drafting a full motivational memorandum / report.

2️⃣ Conducting additional reports and studies before submission of a township establishment application:

    • Land Surveyor Certificate
    • Geological Report
    • Environmental Report
    • Conveyancers’ Certificate (Attorney)
    • Outline Scheme Reports (Short reports by civil and electrical engineers indicating the capacity in the area and integration of services, etc.)
    • Traffic Impact Assessment

3️⃣ Submission of the full application bundle to the relevant Local Municipality.

4️⃣ Circulation of the township application to various external and internal departments of the Municipality for comments.

5️⃣ Adhering to the prescribed advertisement requirements outlined in the Municipal By-Laws.

6️⃣ Once all relevant departments provide their positive comments, the City Planning Department proceeds with the approval process for the township.

7️⃣ A land surveyor is responsible for creating the General Plan for the approved township at the Surveyor General’s office.

8️⃣ Appointment of civil and electrical engineers to compile the necessary service reports for submission to the Council. These reports facilitate the approval and installation of engineering services.

9️⃣ The Townships Register is opened by an attorney.

🔟 Proclamation of the township.


Establishing a New Township in South Africa: A Complex Process Made Simple


👉 Establishing a new township in South Africa entails a lengthy and intricate procedure. It encompasses various steps, such as obtaining approvals and permits from government agencies, securing financing, and complying with zoning and land use regulations.

👉 The first step is to identify suitable land for the proposed township. For residential purposes, the land should be sufficiently large to accommodate the desired number of homes and community amenities.

👉 Once the land has been selected, the subsequent step involves obtaining the necessary approvals and permits from relevant government agencies. This typically includes acquiring a development permit from the local municipality, as well as securing approvals from agencies such as the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Department of Water and Sanitation.

👉 After acquiring all required approvals and permits, the next critical phase is to secure financing for the project. This can involve obtaining loans from banks or financial institutions or seeking investment from potential stakeholders.

👉 With financing secured, the development of the land can commence. This includes land clearing, grading, and the establishment of infrastructure, such as roads, water and sewage systems, and electrical and telecommunications lines.

👉 Once the infrastructure is in place, construction of homes and community amenities can commence. Collaboration with architects and builders is essential for designing and constructing homes, as well as completing landscaping and site work.

👉 Throughout the entire process, strict adherence to zoning and land use regulations, as well as other applicable guidelines, is crucial. Failure to comply can result in delays and legal complications.

👉 In conclusion, establishing a new township in South Africa is a complex and time-consuming endeavor. However, with meticulous planning and attention to detail, it is possible to create a thriving and prosperous community.

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