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DEBT RELIEF FOR MANY PROPOSED BY DRAFT BILL

Parliament’s Trade and Industry Committee plans to formally…

SUING YOUR SECURITY COMPANY: THE CASE OF A BURGLED BUTCHERY

“Somewhat ironically, given the fact that the phrase “not…

YOUR BODY CORPORATE AND ARREAR LEVIES: TO SEQUESTRATE OR NOT TO SEQUESTRATE?

          “…aye, there’s the rub” (Shakespeare) Levies…

DO YOU READ ONLINE TERMS AND CONDITIONS? YOU SHOULD AND HERE’S WHY

      "The Internet is a Real Place with Real Consequences”…

DISCRIMINATORY FACEBOOK SLUR PROVES COSTLY

  The old saying “put your money where your mouth is”…

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

  Whenever we are offered something for free, especially…
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DEPRESSED AND DISMISSED – A HARD LESSON FOR A HARD EMPLOYER

A recent Labour Court decision shows how dangerous it is as an…
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BEWARE OF ONLINE AND EMAIL SCAMS WHEN YOU ARE PURCHASE A PROPERTY

To avoid falling victim to these scams, experts recommend the…

HOW TO ESCAPE FROM A PROPERTY SURETYSHIP

“Suretyship is the precursor of ruin” (Thales of Miletus,…

STARTING A BUSINESS? THE PARTNERSHIP OPTION

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much" (Helen…

ROAD RAGE - SUE AND REPORT IT!

    “Have you ever noticed that anybody driving…
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INCREASED BENEFITS UNDER UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ACT

Through amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act, which amendments…

LIFE PARTNERS: BEWARE THE “COMMON LAW MARRIAGE” MYTH!

   “The general rule of our law is that cohabitation does…
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WHISTLEBLOWERS: WHAT IF YOUR DISCLOSURE IS FACTUALLY WRONG?

For many years now the “Whistleblower’s Act” (actually…
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WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU CANCEL YOUR LEASE EARLY?

  “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch” (Wise…
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HOMEOWNERS BEWARE! INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES

  Regulations to the National Environmental Management:…

DIRECTORS: DELINQUENCY FOLLOWING THE BREACH OF THEIR FIDUCIARY DUTIES

INTRODUCTION After President Jacob Zuma’s most recent cabinet…
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RESTRAINT OF TRADE

Importance of definitions – meaning of "client" A restraint…
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Medical Certificates

In terms of Rule 15(1) of the Ethical and Professional Rules…
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EMPLOYEES: MUST YOU REPORT WRONGDOERS? A VIOLENT STRIKE ILLUSTRATES

Our laws and courts provide strong protection for the right of…

TRUMPED! A home owner can be evicted as an unlawful occupier

Did you know that even as the owner of a house, you could still…

ARE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS PRIVATE?

In employment, it is important to understand whether an employer…

10 QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT YOUR WILL

No-one likes thinking about – let alone discussing – death,…

NEW GUIDELINES ON PROVING INCOME WHEN APPLYING FOR CREDIT

During March 2018, the High Court made an important ruling that…

5 Things to look out for in your insurance contract

You are involved in a motor vehicle accident and you claim from…

THINKING OF THAT ISLAND WEDDING?

It might seem like a romantic idea to get married on a tropical…

TAX IMPLICATIONS OF MAKING DONATIONS

In South Africa we are subject to donations tax. Donations…
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EXISTING BOND OVER A HOME YOU ARE SELLING

When a property is sold it is usually the purchaser who is liable…

WHAT EXACTLY IS MY DOMICILIUM CITANDI ET EXECUTANDI?

When completing a form or signing a contract one often comes…

NEW PRESCRIBED RATE OF INTEREST

The prescribed rate of interest has dropped from 10.25% to 10%…

FACEBOOK DEFAMATION – THE TRUTH IS NOT ENOUGH!

You are engaged in a bitter dispute – perhaps it’s a fight…

SUNDAY PAY

It often occurs that an employee is required to work on Sundays…
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NEIGHBOURS BEHAVING BADLY: NIP ILLEGAL BUILDING IN THE BUD!

Bad neighbours do not just impinge on your enjoyment of your…

DIRECTORS: DELIQUENCY FOLLOWING THE BREACH OF THEIR FUDICIARY DUTIES

INTRODUCTION After President Jacob Zuma’s most recent cabinet…
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MEDICAL CERTIFICATES

In terms of Rule 15(1) of the Ethical and Professional Rules…
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FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH: HOUSE SALES AND THE VAT INCREASE

  “If you hear something (straight) from the horse's…

POPI: An Existing Risk, a Right Royal Ruckus, and the EU Deadline

When will the enforcement provisions of the Protection of Personal…
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HOW TO AVOID DISPUTES OVER JOINTLY OWNED PROPERTY

       "Co-ownership is the mother of disputes” (Roman…

WILLS AND ESTATES : COST OF DYING RISES WITH MASTER'S FEES INCREASE

If you are inheriting from someone who passed away on or after…
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IMPLICATIONS OF VAT INCREASE ON PROPERTY SALES

If you are currently negotiating a deed of sale to purchase immovable…

ANTE NUPTIAL CONTRACTS AND MARITAL PROPERY REGIMES IN SOUTH AFRICA

The terms “in community of property “and “out of community…

DOGS (AND OTHER ANIMALS) BEHAVING BADLY: AN ANGRY OSTRICH AND A R6.75m CLAIM

Your dog bites the neighbour or a visitor is hurt running away…
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WHAT ARE YOU RENTAL RIGHTS DURING THE WATER CRISIS?

Although much hype has (rightfully) been made of the water crisis…
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INVEST IN OFF-PLAN PROPERTY BEFORE 1 APRIL TO SAVE ON VAT

Just 1% difference in VAT equates to R10 000 per R1 million spent.…
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CAN YOU STILL SELL AS IS? CPA V THE VOETSTOOTS CLAUSE

Both sellers and buyers (of anything – houses, cars, you name…
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PROBATION, AS EASY AS 1, 2, 3, 4

It is clear from the Schedule 8 of the Labour Relations Act that…
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RESIGNATION BY WhatsAPP or SMS

Question: If the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA)…
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TRUSTEES: YOUR RISK OF PERSONAL LIABILITY IN PROPERTY SALES

Firstly, a warning to anyone selling or buying property to/from…

DON’T LOSE YOUR CLAIM TO PRESCRIPTION - KNOW THE LAW!

“Ignorantia iuris nocet” (old Roman proverb meaning "Not…
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EMPLOYEES BE WARNED! A CONFLICT OF INTEREST CAN GET YOU DISMISSED

  “Honesty is the best policy” (Benjamin Franklin) Employees…
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SECURITY ESTATES: ARE YOUR RULES ENFORCEABLE?

“It is well established that contractual provisions are against…
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MEDICAL CERTIFICATES

In terms of Rule 15(1) of the Ethical and Professional Rules…

BEWARE OF DUE DATES IN CONTRACTS

Deeds of sale in respect of immovable property often contain…
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SELLERS AND LANDLORDS: USING AN UNREGISTERED ESTATE AGENT

With media reports suggesting that up to 50,000 agents may be…

FINAL DE-REGISTRATION OF ENTITIES CONFIRMED BY CIPC

CIPC (Companies and Intellectual Property Commission) has issued…
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PLOT-AND-PLAN: GREAT OPTION, JUST BEWARE THE BUILDING DEADLINE

“Buy land, they’re not making it anymore” (Mark Twain) Buying…

PROTECTING YOUR BUSINESS DURING A DIVORCE

No one starts a marriage expecting it to end in a divorce (it…

6 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD REVIEW AND UPDATE YOUR WILL

Updating a Will is most often one of those personal matters that…
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SELLING PROPERTY THIS FESTIVE SEASON? 3 TIPS FOR A SMOOTH TRANSFER

The Festive Season can be a great time to sell property, and…
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EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES: HOW TO HANDLE SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT WORK

  “…there is a new understanding and appreciation of…
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RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL

Many people have heard of “right of first refusal” on their…
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Sale of your house: What about the tenants?

In our law the rights of tenants are protected when a property…

EMPLOYER V EMPLOYEE: CAN YOU USE EVIDENCE OBTAINED UNDER THREAT OF PROSECUTION?

“… you are going to be a very sorry man you (sic) probably…

Directors: Delinquency Following the Breach of Their Fiduciary Duties

INTRODUCTION After President Jacob Zuma’s most recent cabinet…

CREDITORS AND DEBTORS: IMPORTANT NEW PRESCRIPTION JUDGMENT

“Running into debt isn’t so bad. It’s running into creditors…

CLOSING DOWN THE GUESTHOUSE NEXT DOOR: NOTES FOR OWNERS AND NEIGHBOURS

“You can be a good neighbour only if you have good neighbours”…

CAN A SUCCESSFUL PARTY RECOVER THEIR LEGAL COSTS?

You have taken legal action against another party and emerged…
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Right to a View?

South African law does not recognise an inherent right to the…
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IS MY EMPLOYEE ENTITLED TO OVERTIME?

The current prescribed earning threshold in terms of the Basic…

PASSING OF RISK

We buy and sell things every day, and no doubt most of us assume…
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What constitutes gross negligence?

It is vital that companies understand the difference between…

DIRECTOR, THE BUCK STOPS WITH YOU

The new Companies Act of 2008 rings in an era in which directors…

UBER – IS THE DRIVER/PARTNER-DRIVER AN EMPLOYEE OF UBER?

According to the recent CCMA award handed down on 7 July 2017,…

DO YOU NEED AN “ADVANCE DIRECTIVE” OR A “LIVING WILL

If you don’t want to be kept artificially alive - without your…

SMALL BUSINESSES AND POPI: NOT CRYING WOLF THIS TIME?

"Crying wolf is a real danger” (David Attenborough) “POPI…
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HOW THE “HISTORICAL RATES” JUDGMENT AFFECTS YOU

 "It is declared that, upon transfer of a property, a new owner…

THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING AND COMPLYING WITH A DOMICILIUM CLAUSE

Written contracts almost invariably contain a clause which…

Small Claims Court - Know Your Rights

In South Africa we have Small Claims Courts (SCC)) which offer…

Beware the Breach - Breach of Contract

The parties to a contract are bound to respect their agreement…

CIVIL CLAIM: UNLAWFUL ARREST AND DETENTION

We live in a country where crime is rife. We need our police…

5 QUESTIONS TO AVOID ASKING IN INTERVIEWS

The rule of thumb is that if the question is job related, it…

First aid boxes in the workplace

One of the common-law duties of an employer is a safe working…

The R1m Buffalo That Died: A Lesson in Passing of Risk

We buy and sell things every day, and no doubt most of us assume…
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PROPERTY SELLERS: DON’T PAY “FUTURE RATES”

  “Cause they told me everybody's got to pay their dues And…

MAKING MONEY WITH AIRBNB? TAX AND OTHER ISSUES.

Airbnb is an increasingly popular and lucrative way for residential…

CAN A PERSON BE DISMISSED WHO HAS NOT STARTED WORKING YET?

A question arises as to whether a person who has concluded a…

Constitutional Court Victory for New Home Owners

On 29 August 2017 the Constitutional Court ruled, in a unanimous…

EXPIRED FIREARM LICENCES: HIGH COURT TO THE RESCUE

“There is no question that firearms are hazardous objects and…

VERBAL AGREEMENTS – THE PROPERTY PERSPECTIVE

      “A verbal contract isn't worth…

EARLY TERMINATION OF FIXED TERM

Much has been said concerning justifying the use of a fixed term…

TIPS TO PREVENT DELAYS IN SELLING YOUR HOME

Pay all rates and service charges on the property to ensure…

Protection of Personal Information

There is nobody who has a cell-phone that has not been the victim…

Employment Equity - Preparing for a Director-General Review

In the wake of the Department of Labour’s Roadshow on Employment…

JOINT BOND BETWEEN UNMARRIED PARTNERS/FRIENDS

Although applying for a joint bond with a partner to whom one…

TRANSFERRING YOUR HOUSE TO YOUR CHILD

Elderly parents often consider transferring their immovable property…

MISTAKES IN CONTRACTS - What you need to know.

All contracts are based on consensus between the parties to it.…

RESTRAINT OF TRADE

A restraint of trade is characteristically used in an employment…

HOW TO RESCIND A JUDGEMENT FROM YOUR CREDIT REPORT (for the layperson)

Your first step is to establish how much the debt is, and who…

STARTING A BUSINESS? THE BUSINESS TRUST OPTION

  “The secret of getting ahead is getting started”…

ABSENTEEISM - TOO SICK TO WORK or SICK OF WORK?

Employers are frequently faced with delinquent employees who…

LEASE AGREEMENTS: The importance of incoming and outgoing inspections

In terms of the Rental Housing Act the tenant and the landlord…

COSTS

Clients always ask their attorney to reclaim the costs that they…

WHAT IS A CONTRACT?

A contract is a bilateral juristic act, founded on agreement.…

THE ROLE OF THE RENTAL HOUSING TRIBUNAL - how it can help you.

The Rental Housing Tribunal was established in 2001 to…

DIRECTORS AND THE "DELINQUENCY" DANGER

"Directors have clear responsibilities to the public in the form…

COLLECTING ARREAR LEVIES: A NEW RISK FOR YOUR BODY CORPORATE

“… the difficulty experienced by bodies corporate in collecting…

WHEN DO VOUCHERS EXPIRE?

Gift vouchers have become a popular gift for special occasions.…

Landlord and Lessee rights when a tenanted property is sold

As a tenant occupying a property that is about to be sold, are…

Barking mad: Noisy Neighbours and your rights.

Your neighbours' dogs are barking all day and night, keeping…

DIRECTORS' ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES UNPACKED

The duties of directors of companies are found in the common…

Do I really need a Will?

"I have no plan on dying any time soon!" "Well, everything…

COPYRIGHT IN CYBERSPACE: NEW GUIDELINES FOR ONLINE PUBLISHERS

"Is a stolen copyright a copy-wrong?" - (Anonymous) The high…

Companies - How Private are Shareholders' Details?

 "Privacy, like other rights, is not absolute. As a person moves…

Meter Wars - A Consumer Strikes Back

"You can't fight city hall" (old idiom decrying the futility…

What To Do If A Debt Collector Comes Knocking On Your Door

SARS has appointed 3 debt collection agencies (currently named…

Know the Zoning of your Property

The Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act, 2013 (Act…