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3D Cadastral Parcels in South Africa – Representing the Third Dimension in the South African Cadastral System (8537)

Lara Humby and Jennifer Whittal (South Africa)
Ms. Lara Humby
Professional Land Surveyor in Training
Department of Rural Development and Land Reform
Republic of South Africa
303 Millborough
70 Upper Mill Street
Cape Town
South Africa
Corresponding author Ms. Lara Humby (email: lara.humby[at], tel.: +27 74 9170030)

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Published on the web 2017-03-10
Received 2016-10-01 / Accepted 2017-02-01
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Working Week 2017 in Helsinki, Finland and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Working Week 2017
ISBN 978-87-92853-61-5 (Online) ISBN 978-87-92853-62-2 (Printed)
ISSN 2307-4086


Developments towards three-dimensional cadastral systems are the subject of numerous international research projects. In South Africa, there is a need for the option to convey three dimensional rights, restrictions and responsibilities, particularly in urban areas and above or below ground complex situations where overlapping or interlocking rights spaces exist. This paper emerges from a larger study and motivates the need by describing two of the four cases assessed. It investigates the legal environment of cadastral parcels in South Africa to ascertain whether there is a possibility of inclusion of 3D RRRs without major legislative change. A subsequent paper will propose a conceptual way forward for consideration of 3D cadastral representations.
Keywords: Cadastre; Legislation; 3D cadastre; property rights; 3D property objects; South African property legislation