South African President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has signed into law the Local Government Municipal Property Rates Amendment Act, the Presidency said on Sunday.

Spokesman Mac Maharaj said the act regulated the categories of property in respect of which rates may be levied, the time frames of publication of the resolutions levying rates, and what must be contained in the promulgated resolution.

It also provided for the exclusion from the rates of certain categories of public service infrastructure.

It further gave powers to a municipality to levy different rates on vacant land.

The act would also give power to the MEC of local government to extend the period of validity of a valuation roll by an additional two years.