While the Deeds Office has been included in the essential services able to operate under level 4 lockdown regulations announced on 1 May, - its partial opening has been delayed due to protocols that need to be put in place related to hygiene, limited staff, access control and cleaning.
The Chief Registrar of the deed Carlize Knoesen has confirmed to the Law Society of South Africa that Deeds Offices across the country will only open on Wednesday 13 May.
Tony Pillay, Acting Executive Director of the Law Society of South Africa says it will "only be open for conveyancers and not the general public under Lockdown Alert Level 4 restrictions".
Pillay outlined the conditions for the partial opening saying, "All Registrars of Deeds and Chief Directors will work remotely. The office of the Chief Registrar of Deeds will work remotely, expect for ICT and Corporate Support Services that will work from the office when there is a need to do work on the system. All workflow processes must continue uniformly in all offices as per SOPs,"