But many government agencies, such as a county recorder, do not accept faxes and ask for a document signed in the original. People often ask me if they need the originally signed version of an agreement that they sign as a party to the agreement. In South Africa, parties to an agreement do not have to sign it at the same time and in the same place. Copies of electronic contracts, faxed versions of contracts, and versions scanned or stored electronically are all “good” contracts and can be implemented: although they can still be refused if they prove unreliable. Today, contracts are very often executed (or signed) electronically, at least in part, by fax or scanned copy, one person signs, then transmits the contract in any form to the other, who then signs it and returns a countersigned version. .