The Masvingo State University Amendment Bill and Land Survey Amendment Bill passed through Senate yesterday without amendments.

The Land Survey Amendment Bill seeks to amend the Land Survey Act and the Land Surveyors Act to recognise qualified surveyors who would have trained at other universities other than the University of Zimbabwe.

The Masvingo State University Amendment Bill seeks to amend the principal Act by deleting the name Masvingo State University and substituting it with Great Zimbabwe University.

Both Bills now await transmission to the House of Assembly.

The current Land Survey Act only provides that the Government employs surveyors trained at the UZ and this has been hampering the surveying process, thereby slowing down the issuance of land leases. At present, the only qualification recognised for the purpose of registration as a land surveyor in Zimbabwe is a degree in land surveying by the UZ.

However, the Midlands State University now offers a similar course, and it was likely that other local tertiary institutions would follow suit.

Minister of State for Agricultural Engineering and Mechanisation, Cde Joseph Made, who was steering the Bill, said the amendment of the Act would go a long way in assisting the land reform programme. He said issuance of 99-year leases was being affected by the shortage of surveyors owing to the legislative inadequacies to accommodate qualified surveyors trained by other tertiary institutions.

Source: The Herald, May 24, 2007.