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Useful Sectional Title reference points

Sectional Title Insurance Advisors need to be aware of the specified insurance references in the Sectional Titles Act and the accompanying prescribed management rules.


S37 – Functions of the body corporate

Section 37 is the legislation applicable to insurance which obligates the trustees to insure the buildings and all improvements to common property to full replacement value, to pay the premiums and ensure that proceeds of any claim are applied to reinstating the buildings.

S45 – Insurance by owners

Provides for owners to dual insure their sections in need. Contrary to usual insurance norms and contracts, the Sectional Titles Act allows owners to further insure their section. This allows owners to cover themselves where they feel there are “gaps” in cover.



27 – Signing of documents

This rule provides guidance in respect of the signing of claims documentation (claim forms and agreements of loss).

29.1(a) – Buildings cover

Mandates and guides the trustees by setting out what they should be insuring against and to what extent they should be negotiating terms.

29.2(a) – Liability cover and trustee indemnity cover

This rule specifies that liability cover (property owners’ liability) and trustee indemnity should be arranged to protect the owners and trustees against liability in respect of death, bodily injury, illness or loss or damage to property occurring in connection with the common property.

29.2(b) – Fidelity cover requirement

Clearly sets out the requirement that a general meeting is needed to decide on whether or not, and how much, fidelity over is purchased. Cover against dishonesty of managing agents must be included.

29.4 –Insurance excess

The owner of a section is responsible for any excess payment in respect of his or her section payable in terms of a contract of insurance entered into by the body corporate. This is provided that owners may, by special resolution, determine that the body corporate is responsible for excess payments in respect of specified damage.

Sample Resolution downloadable from http://dev.addsure.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Adddsure-29-4-Resolution-sample-template.pdf ; https://www.addsure.co.za/excess-sub-rule-29-4/

68.1 – Maintenance of geysers

This rule deals with the owners’ responsibility in respect of their geysers


Definition of a building – Sectional Titles Act

“Building” means a structure of a permanent nature erected or to be erected, shown on a sectional plan as part of a scheme

Definition of a building – Typical Buildings Policy Wording

Buildings:  Shall be deemed to include outbuildings and landlord’s fixtures and fittings therein and thereon including fitted carpets and lifts with all associated equipment, transformers, motors, boilers, air conditioning, standby generators and walls (except dam walls), gates, posts, fences (excluding hedges) and sporting/recreational structures including but not limited to swimming pools, tennis courts (including floodlights), sauna/spa baths/ jacuzzis and water pumps, pool machinery borehole motors and brick, tar, concrete or paved roads, driveways, parking areas, paths or patios all the property of the insured and situated as stated in the schedule. Unless otherwise stated in the schedule, the buildings and outbuildings shall be constructed of brick, stone, concrete or metal on metal framework and roofed with slate, tiles, metal, concrete or asbestos.”

The difference in these wordings can be discussed at length.

References and Resources / Sectional Title Insurance


Author : Mike Addison

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