Land Tenure and Housing Development in Edendale

Client: Msunduzi Municipality

Dates: 2003 – present

Edendale is a large and populous area situated to the north west of Pietermaritzburg, established as a segregated township by the apartheid government. Several thousand residential even were surveyed, starting in the early 1960s, although previous forms of land tenure have existed since the late 1800s. Due to poor control mechanisms and the chaotic nature of the apartheid government’s Deeds Registry and cadastral system, several forms of overlapping title have been granted over the course of the development, leading to multiple issues in administration and management of the land in the present day. GeoAfrika Surveys was tasked with developing a strategic response to this, clarifying land ownership and establishing systems to consolidate information going forward.

Scope

Edendale is a large and populous area situated to the north west of Pietermaritzburg, established as a segregated township by the apartheid government. Several thousand residential even were surveyed, starting in the early 1960s, although previous forms of land tenure have existed since the late 1800s. Due to poor control mechanisms and the chaotic nature of the apartheid government’s Deeds Registry and cadastral system, several forms of overlapping title have been granted over the course of the development, leading to multiple issues in administration and management of the land in the present day. GeoAfrika Surveys was tasked with developing a strategic response to this, clarifying land ownership and establishing systems to consolidate information going forward.