By the Newsletter Team

Before the University of Cape Town (Law@Work) Sectional Title Scheme Management Course (or any other course presented by Paddocks, for that matter), before Paddocks, there was the Sectional Title Handbook (now known as the Sectional Title Survival Manual). This publication is older than many of the members of the Paddocks team and it has been a fantastic reference guide for the sectional title community since its inception.

Graham Paddock

We are proud of what we, and especially Prof Paddock, produce, so in this edition of Paddocks Press we would like to share the history of the Sectional Title Survival Manual with you.

  1. The first edition of the Sectional Title Survival Manual (or the Sectional Title Handbook, as it was known then) was published in 1983.

  2. The first edition of the Sectional Title Handbook was based on the original Sectional Titles Act 66 of 1971.
  3. Graham’s son, and now business partner, Rob Paddock designed the cover of the 2000 edition when he was 17 years old.
  4. The second edition, based on the new Act, was written in 1988 while Graham was managing the conveyancing department at Fairbridge Arderne and Lawton.
  5. The Sectional Title Survival Manual was one of the first books that was written specifically for managing agents and unit owners without a legal background. At the time, it had a big impact on the sectional title landscape as it made the information in the Act widely accessible.
  6. The information contained in the Sectional Title Survival Manual can be seen as the forerunner to the University of Cape Town (Law@Work) Sectional Title Scheme Management Course, a course that is now the benchmark in the sectional title management industry.
  7. Graham and his wife Mandy came up with the name “Sectional Title Survival Manual” when they were walking in the Constantia greenbelt where they now live.
  8. The Sectional Title Survival Manual was completely rewritten when it was renamed from the Sectional Title Handbook. Professor Cornie van der Merwe translated the Sectional Title Survival Manual into Afrikaans in January 2008.
Sectional Title Survival Manual

Praise for the Sectional Title Survival Manual:

This is the third edition I have bought – which I think speaks for itself.
Joan Fowle, unit owner

My little green book has proved to be invaluable.
Peter Hope, trustee

I can really recommend this practical guide to all owners, trustees and managing agents involved in sectional title units. It is easy to use and understand and a great help in solving upcoming problems. It is a must for sectional title survival.
Reggie du Plessis, managing agent, Gardens

It’s not always practical to carry my copy of the Act with me; this book ensures that I have all the facts at hand for easy reference.
Amy Redelinghuys, managing agent

The purchase of Deeltitel Oorlewingsgids was a true investment for myself and my company.
Rudo van Heerden, property manager

Authoritative, yet written in plain understandable English, this book is an important reference for trustees and managing agents.
Dr Gerhard Jooste, chairman of NAMA

For more information on the contents of the Sectional Title Survival Manual, or to order your own copy please click here.

Article reference: Volume 5, Issue 4, Page 6