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Real Estate

The houses pictured above are situated on Ingonyama Trust land. The area is Umbumbulu, South Coast near Amanzimtoti. It falls under the Sobonakhona Traditional Council under the leadership of Inkosi Makhanya of the Makhanya clan. These houses are built by their owners with cash and the land is unencumbered. The fact that Ingonyama Trust land is the most accessible (comparatively it is accessed for almost close to nothing) is underscored by developments like this.

The Real Estate Department

The Real Estate Department is the core business of the organisation. It has a number of sub – programmes such as Land and Asset Management, Rural Development and Traditional Council Support.

Land and Asset Management

Land Management includes tenure allocation and liaison with the communities and Traditional Councils. Asset management in this context entails the management of immovable property register amongst others. Further additional activities of this component include the following:

  • Development of land management policies and implementation;
  • Processing of tenure rights applications on land;
  • Making inputs to various government legislation and policies dealing with land matters;
  • Land surveying and Geographic Information System (GIS).

Rural Development

The objective of this programme is to facilitate and coordinate rural development through various community projects. These range from agricultural projects to small town developments and human settlements.

Traditional Council Support

The objective of the programme is mainly facilitating skills development to the Traditional Councils through:

  • Training traditional councils on various aspects on matters pertaining to land;
  • Management of bursary programme to youth in rural areas. 

Securing Tenure on Trust land

Traditionally land has been held by communities through  Permission to Occupy (PTO), however these PTOs were vulnerable and did not afford the necessary rights to the holder.

As a result of these shortcomings to the PTOs, the Board identified long term leases as the best possible tool for people who reside on land under Ingonyama Trust. The leases, as a legal instrument improve the quality of life of the people who in the past did not have any documentation in respect of the land that they reside on. The leases also act as a catalyst for investment and business opportunities on land under Ingonyama Trust. This is turn leads to appreciation of the land as an asset, income generation and job creation.

With a lease an individual can be able to get access to finance for the development of the land you reside in. The lease is acceptable in terms of RICA and other laws as it gives guarantee of the residence of the individual.

There is a rental payable on the lease, this rental is collected by the Ingonyama Trust Board and is allocated to that particular Traditional Council for development purposes.

The Ingonyama Trust Board continues to champion economic development in areas under Trust land for the benefit of the communities residing on this land. Through the secure tenure process this shopping centre development in Mathulini Traditional Council was established. This centre is located within uMzumbe Local Municipality in the South Coast locality of Ugu District Municipality. The land is under Inkosi Luthuli. The development on this land is saving a lot of money for the local community in that they do not have to travel to Port Shepstone which was a shopping destination for them. At the time of taking the photograph the centre was near completion. Also through the lease process the developer of this shopping centre was able to arrange financing through banks for this investment. Ample job and business opportunities have been created as a result.

How to get a lease on Ingonyama Trust Land

The turnaround time for processing of lease applications if all is in order is a period of six (6) months from the application date. 

However as a result of influx of applications and resource constraints client must expect some delays in the processing of their applications.

Land Allocation by the Traditional Council
The starting point to obtaining a lease on Ingonyama Trust land is the allocation of a site by the local Traditional Council.
Completion of Lease Application forms
After obtaining the rights from the Traditional Council the applicant completes the Tenure Option Application Form (ITB1). Upon completion of this form the client must get a Traditional Consent form (ITB2), this form is a confirmation that the client has been allocated land and has received the relevant consent from the Traditional Council concerned.
Process after completion of the Application Forms
Both the forms together with a copy of the applicant's Identity Document are submitted to the Ingonyama Trust Board for packaging and approval. The following actions are performed. - A land survey is conducted and the property allocated by the Traditional Council is cross referenced to an existing database to ensure there are no duplications. - Application is submitted to the Board for approval.
Approval of the application
On approval the client is notified and the following actions are performed. - Lease document is presented to client with the terms and conditions such as the rental amounts, duration of lease and related information; - Signing of the lease agreement takes place between the representatives of the Ingonyama Trust Board and the client.

Lease application forms

These application forms are to be completed using black ink and submitted to the office of the Ingonyama Trust Board. 

Under no circumstances does the Ingonyama Trust Board accepts emailed application forms.

Tenure Option Application Form (ITB1)

Traditional Council Consent Form (ITB2)