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MBABANE – Government has recorded a notable increase in revenue from transactions related to property transfers in the period July to September 2021.

These are stamp duty, fees of office and search fees. According to information sourced from the office of Deeds Registrar Lindile Manzini; the revenue for the third quarter of the calendar year was at about at about E11.69 million. Calculations by this publications show that this is an increment of over 51 per cent when compared to quarter two’s figures of around E5.7 million.

A lion’s share of the revenue was generated from stamp duty (E11 645 493) while fees of office and search fees contributed E42 091 and E1 790, respectively.
Stamp duty is a simple a tax that is levied on single property purchases or documents. A physical revenue stamp is to be attached to or impressed upon the document to show that stamp duty has been paid before the document becomes legally effective.

According to the report, deeds of transfer were recorded at an increased 301. In the previous quarter, the figures were at only 191. Mortgage bonds also surged from 160 to 264. Caveats, crown grants and notarial deeds of servitude were at 35, eight and two, in that order. A caveat is a defined as a statutory injunction that prevents the registration of dealings and plans on a title. A caveat operates as a warning on a land title to others by noting a person or organisation’s interest in land or property.


Deeds of lease, on the other hand, were at 75. It was another notable increment from the 32 recorded in the period April to June 2021 period. As usual, the lowest figure (one) was for general powers of attorney. Experts say this confers general powers from the grantor to the grantee to perform and carry out various legal acts on behalf of the grantor. The figures were at zero in the past quarter.

Meanwhile, the Deeds Registry for Swaziland (now Eswatini), as established under Section 3 of the Deeds Registry Act No. 37/1968 was up to and until the June 25, 1973 situated in Pretoria, South Africa. At its establishment in the country, all matters and records kept in the Pretoria Registry were brought to the country. The Deeds Registry Department fell under the portfolio of the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. It is now under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy.

The registry office has a mission to examine all deeds or other documents submitted for execution or registration, and, after examination execute or register them as by law permitted. The office also has a duty to take charge of and preserve all the records of the deeds registry in a document processing system that will provide an effective storage and retrieval system as well as maximum safety and security. The other obvious task is to collect revenue for the central government in the form of stamp duty, fees of office and search fees.

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