Am I obliged to join an FPA if one forms in my area?
It is not compulsory for most owners to join an FPA if one is registered in the area they live in. This is because the right to freedom of association in the Constitution must be upheld, but also because landowners themselves need to make a firm commitment, voluntarily, to co-operate through FPAs. But certain owners must join an FPA when it has registered:
- The owners of State land, whether it is held by the national or provincial government
- The owners of land held in trust for communities by the Minister of Land Affairs or the Ingonyama Trust, which usually means the executive body of community exercising control over that land, because they are in control of land held in trust for them by the State.
- A municipality within the area of the FPA, if it has a fire service.