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Ministry of Land and Natural Resources

Systematic Land Titling Updates

Systematic Land Titling

Progress in Zambia September 2022

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has been working together with Medici Land Governance

For the implementation of the National Land Titling Programme. As of the end of September 2022, more than 58,000 certificates of title have been handed over to landowners who have been successfully captured under the Systematic Land titling Program.

The beneficiaries of these legal documents are from areas within Lusaka, Kafue, Chilanga in Lusaka Province, and Kitwe and Ndola on the Copperbelt Province.

To date, a total of 271,109 parcels have been enumerated with ownership information capture; and 139,197 offer letters have been issued out, which will lead to the issuance of certificates of title once the landowners pay the minimum titling fee.

The month of September 2022 was characterized by field activities of sensitisation, public display and community verification and enumeration in Chingola, Luanshya, Mufulira, Kalulushi and Chililabombwe Districts on Copperbelt Province.

Meanwhile, to increase the number of female landowners under the National Land Titling Programme, the Project has begun tracking the number of female sole owners, male sole owners, female associated owners, and joint owners. This is meant to ensure that women equally benefit from the titling program and in order to identify barriers for women to obtain their certificates of title.

The percentage of number of titles with associated female owners was 29% for data collected in 2018 (pilot project), today it stands at 56% since the commencement and roll out of the National Land Titling Programme

Steps for Data Collection Process

Imagery Acquisition PLANNING AND EXECUTION

This is the first part of the land survey in the systematic land titling process. At this stage, areas of interest are selected and an aerial land survey is conducted using drones, aeroplanes, or via satellite to capture high resolution images of features as they appear on the ground. The images are then post-processed, the end result being Georeferenced image tiles of high resolution that can be used in GIS related software to extract the information necessary to produce certificates of title as per land survey and planning regulations and standards.

Pre-Vectorization

Geographic information Systems and High-Resolution Aerial Imagery are utilized by a group of Specialized Engineers and Technicians to delineate Property boundaries in accordance with Planning Standards and assign necessary Attribute Data relating to the properties’ unique characteristics. This process is meticulously reviewed by the team to ensure accurate and precise property boundaries through Quality Assurance and Control Procedures.

Enumeration

Enumeration in the Systematic Land Titling Programme involves the collection of spatial and textual data from property owners in specific demarcation areas. The process is made easy with the aid of the ENUM application used by the enumerators as it contains positional GPS accuracy to solidify the procedure.

Data Review

At this stage, data from the field is received with changes on how the boundaries ought to be after being verified with property owners on the ground. The GIS team implements the Spatial Adjustments accordingly and the necessary Textual data is assigned to each property as guided by the community. Throughout this process, careful considerations are made to ensure that Land Surveying and Planning Standards are maintained.

Community Verification

Community verification which is conducted by the field team at central locations and on the ground in demarcation areas focuses on having the collected and reviewed information subjected to confirmation by property owners. The authentication process is done through the appending of signatures by property owners for the second time in readiness for production of offer letters. It is during this stage that layout, land use and verification maps are displayed for  public awareness of where their properties are sitting and the general knowledge of their community land use while handling the aspect of transparency. All dispute related cases are handled as well as spatial and textual adjustments during community verification.

Government Approval

Confirm that the Council uploads and approves the Layout plan and land use plan Review and Upload the unsigned General Plan.Review the surveyor Report sent by Glenn and send a notification to the Surveyor (Glenn) to do the approval. Upload signed surveyor report and General Plan Inform the examiner and government surveyor of area readiness for approval. Ensure the examiner downloads the GP, checks the records and approves the GP. Ensure the government surveyor uploads signed general plan in ENUM and approves the area. Ensure the land officer reviews the records and approves/rejects records one by one. Ensure the chief land officer reviews the rejected records and do a spot check to verify the work done in previous steps and approves. Ensure the commissioner of land reviews and approves the area after spot checks

THE FOLLOWING

steps are taken

1.Enumerator checks if landowner has the correct documentation which is their National Registration Card (NRC) and any of the following documents as proof of ownership:

a. Invitation to Treat

B. Offer Letter

C. Land record card

D. Occupancy Licence

E. Utility Bill (electricity, water)

F. Council Rate Bill

G. Letter of Sale

H. Deed of Gift

2. Enumerator checks property boundaries

3.Landowners details and documents are captured

4.Other beneficiaries are included and captured, these could be spouses,children over the age of 21 or any other beneficiaries to the property

5.Images of the property are taken

6.Landowners append their signatures

Medici Land Governance urges all Landowners to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines during this process.

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