This chapter analyzes the following core elements of the law of servitudes: the definition of the concept of a servitude and the classification of servitudes; the requirements for the establishment of praedial servitudes; the contents and the development of specific rural and urban praedial servitudes; and lastly, certain aspects concerning personal servitudes (with the emphasis on usufruct, the most important personal servitude). In the analysis of each of these core elements the Roman-Dutch law is, as a point of departure, briefly sketched. Against this background further development in South African law is then traced. The influence, if any, of English law on these elements is also monitored.
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