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Chief Master Directive 9 of 2023 [7.51mb] - Deceased Estate Matters. Appointment of Executors and/or Master's Representatives in Deceased Estates by the Master and other deceased estate matters. This Directive recalls Chief Master's Directive 3 of 2006 & 2 of 2015. Effective from 03 Nov 2023.
Chief Master Directive 8 of 2023 [382kb] - Beneficial Ownership Register. This Directive amends and/or repeals prior Directives, Circulars or instructions regarding this subject as per the effective date indicated on the Directive. Effective from 17 Oct 2023.
Chief Masters Directive 2023-01 [88kb]: Deceased Estates: Implementing QR Code on Master's Appointment Letters, 30 Mar 2023. Effective from:
Master Johannesburg: 30 March 2023
- Master Durban: 12 April 2023
- Rest of the country: To be confirmed. Chief Masters Directive 2023-01 ADDENDUM 1: Addendum dealing with the implementation of the QR Code in the Cape Town office as well as dealing with appointments in estates registered in manual registers, prior to 2008 [Released: 31 Jul 2023] Chief Masters Directive 2023-01 ADDENDUM 2: Addendumon Implementation of a QR Code on Deceased Estate Appointments in the Pretoria and Thohoyandou Master's Offices. CMD 1 of2023 will come into effect in the Master of the North Gauteng High Court and Master of the Thohoyandou High Court on 26 September 2023 [Released: 26 Sep 2023]
Chief Masters Directive 2021-02 [738kb]: Trusts: Matters relating to Road Accident Fund ("RAF") and Medical Negligence - Amended, 28 May 2021. Effective from 27 May 2021.
Chief Masters Directive 2021-01 [834kb]: Trusts: Matters relating to Road Accident Fund ("RAF") and Medical Negligence, 28 Apr 2021. Effective from 28 Apr 2021.
Chief Masters Directive 2018-01 [1.02mb] - Interest on Future maintenance and age of majority for purposes of Sec 91 Adverts as from 01 April 2018. The purpose of this directive is to ensure uniformity in respect of the way in which the Guardian's Fund deals with the following:
i) Interest on Future Maintenance Funds deposited with the Master and
ii) Age of majority when preparing the advertisement in terms of Section 91 of the Administration of Estate Act 66 of 1965 (the Act).
Also see Circular 90/2017: Determination of method of payment of fees under section 153 of the Insolvency Act; 1936; The regulations made under section 103 of the Sdministration of Estates Act. 1965 (Act 66 1965); the Regulations made under Section 15 of the Companies Act, 1973 (Act 61 of 1973); and the Regulations made under Section 24 of the Trust Property Control Act, 1988 (Act 57 of 1988): Collection of Masters' prescribed fees for Deceased and Insolvent Estates and Estates Under Curatorship, Trusts and Copies of Documents.
Chief Master's Directive 2011-04 [146KB] -
Section 28 (1) (c) of the Administration of Estates Act 66 of 1965 relates to Banking Accounts where an executor has to place funds from an estate which are not being immediately utilised into an interest bearing account with a bank.
Chief Master's Directive 2010-04 [RECALLED BY DIRECTIVE 2012/01] - Fees payable to the Master
Chief Master's Directive 2010-03 [RECALLED BY DIRECTIVE 2012/02] -
Keeping of Statistics in the office
Chief Master's Directive 2010-01 [82KB] -
Bonds in assetless Companies and Close Corporations
The purpose of this directive is to ensure a uniform approach by Masters
nationally in respect of the issue set out below in accordance with the
provisions of Section 2(a) of the Administration of Estates Act No 66 of
Chief Master Directive 2009-07 [119KB] - Bond Substitution
The purpose of this directive is to ensure a uniform approach by Masters nationally in respect of the issue listed below in accordance with the provisions of Section 2(a) of the Administration of Estates Act No 66 of 1965.