oa De Rebus - Powers of attorney

Volume 1997, Issue 349
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



From a deeds registry point of view one can distinguish between two types of powers of attorney, namely a general power of attorney and a special power of attorney. A general power of attorney is nothing more than a bundle or collection of special powers enumerated in one instrument (see Covary v Registrar of Deeds and Others 1948 (3) SA 183 (C)). However, an agent acting under a general power of attorney shall not have the authority to deal with any immovable property belonging to a principal unless such general power of attorney contains an express authorisation to do so (see reg 65(4)).

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