Theme: Governance Date Added: 2018-12-14

What is it?

DeedsWeb is a web-based interface for up-to-date land registration information located on the Deeds Registration System database.

Key Points

  • Property search using township, deed, ERF or farm number
  • Property owner search using name or ID
  • Register and pay transaction fee to access deeds information
  • Download PDF copies of deeds and related documents

Why is it Important?

The regional Registrars of Deeds maintain records of property ownership, which is critical for transferring ownership of properties and when municipalities are looking to collect rates from property owners. Private sector entities, such as insurance companies and banks, need to be able to verify ownership of a property and civil society organisations can monitor property ownership data to ensure transparent and inclusive property development.

How can it be accessed and used?

DeedsWeb offers a number of search options if you pay the required registration and transaction fees.

Owner enquiry: Property information can be accessed by searching on a person's name or ID information. You will be able to access report with information about properties associated with this person. Similar functionality applies to company and trust enquiries.

Property enquiry: This search is divided into sub categories by the property type entry field, and allows you to search using a number of fields such as ERF, farm, township or deed number.

DeedsWeb provides more information on what is available.

There are also several private sector intermediaries that re-package, distribute and/or supplement what is provided by DeedsWeb, such as Windeed, and government entities or agencies that retrieve and re-publish deeds information, such as through municipal valuation rolls or for tracking activities that can impact on heritage resources.

Phase 1 State Land Audit eThekwini Dataset

Location: eThekwini
Format: XLSX
Year: 2013Last Checked:None
Online: Access URL
File Names:
  • LPI: 21 digits of the Cadastral Land Parcel as described on the Chief Surveyor General website
  • OWNER: State owner of the land
  • SUBLANDUSE_DESCRIPTION: Normally some classification such as residential, undeveloped land or form of transport

Sol Plaatje Municipality - Supplementary Valuation Roll 2017-2018

Location: Sol Plaatje
Format: XLSX
Year: 2018Last Checked:None
Online: Access URL
File Names:
  • Owner_Name: Name of the property owner
  • Erf Number: The property ERF number
  • Property Category: Property use such as residential or commercial
  • land
  • business
  • licensing
  • law
  • property
  • company
  • housing

Resource contact name:Registrar of Deeds

Creation or start date:2018-12-14

Resource contact updated at:2018-12-14

Spatial coverage  South Africa

Where else has the resource been used?

Year Project Name::
2015 Fake ‘letting agents’ scam would-be tenants
2014 Does the Government own your land: phantom State owned land creeping out of the cellars?