Government Printing Works down

Technical problems at the Government Printing Works not only affects property ownership transfers but the whole country from functioning properly. It has recently been discovered that printing of lost or misplaced title deeds is currently not possible. This causes huge problems for home buyers, sellers and estate agencies.


This is just the start…


Now the longer it takes to get title deeds printed could result in the lapsing of clearance certificates and the costs of property transfer a nightmare. But the effects of the Government Printing Works (GPW) capacity are not limited to conveyancing.


The government has made known regulations in terms of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002. This is important as the regulations are reason  through which the government needed to respond to the pandemic. If there was immediate action needed to be taken, it would've been delayed because of the GPW’s technical issues.


Further are insolvency proceedings, which are regulated by statute. When publication cannot be done in accordance with the relevant legislation it results in wasted legal fees and unnecessary delays.


The GPW has not been able to give a date when their ‘challenges’ will be resolved. All that has been communicated regarding the issue is a statement (see below) dated 24 February 2021 by the acting general manager: 

Each sector will relate to that the GPW’s inability to carry out its functions impacts on industry’s day to day operations. GPW needs to be operational for South Africa to function. And the longer that it is unable to do so, the larger the problem will become.



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