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UNDERSTANDING THE CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT

Nearly 8 years after it was assented to, many consumers and corporates remain ill-informed regarding their rights and responsibilities in terms of the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 ( the "CPA")

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 be evicted from it as an "unlawful occupier"?

First aid boxes in the workplace

One of the common-law duties of an employer is a safe working environment. Regulation 3 (1) ; (2) and (3) of the General Safety Regulations to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993) prescribes requirements concerning first aid boxes.

LOST VIEWS AND RISING DAMP - LESSONS FOR HOME BUYERS

"Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself. "(Eleanor Roosevelt)

Garnishee Orders: A 7 Point Practical Guide to New Rules for Lenders, Debtors and Employers

"... the law regulating the granting of emoluments attachment orders was misapplied and abused by the credit providers. This caused enormous hardship to individuals against whom those orders were issued" (extract from judgment below)

SELLING PROPERTY? CHECK FOR VAT BEFORE YOU SIGN

"There's many a slip "twixt the cup and the lip" (very old and very wise proverb)

COPYRIGHT IN CYBERSPACE: NEW GUIDELINES FOR ONLINE PUBLISHERS

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

5 Things to look out for in your insurance contract.

You are involved in a motor vehicle accident and you claim from your insurers. You have been a loyal member for years and the accident was not your fault. Your insurers value you, are eager to compensate you for your loss and help you in this time of need. Sadly, this is not always the experience of those of us who have had the misfortune of putting in a claim to our insurance providers.

Companies - How Private are Shareholders' Details?

"Privacy, like other rights, is not absolute. As a person moves into communal relations and activities such as business and social interaction, the scope of personal space shrinks".

Medical Certificates

In terms of Rule 15(1) of the Ethical and Professional Rules of the Medical and Dental Professions Board of the Health Professions Council of South Africa, a practitioner shall only grant a certificate of illness if such certificate contains the correct information.

Meter Wars - A Consumer Strikes Back

You can't fight city hall" (old idiom decrying the futility of trying to fight a bureaucracy) You challenge the accuracy of a services account from your local municipality, thus: "Your meter must be wrong, no way was my consumption that high".

Do I really need a Will?

"I have no plan on dying any time soon!" "Well, everything will go to my wife anyway when I die, so it doesn't matter!" "Oh yes, we do have a Will, we did one when we got married 30 years ago!" "A Will? I don't have much, why would I need one?" "We're sorted - the bank did one for us a year or two ago when we got our bond" Believe it or not, these are commonly heard expressions, when people are

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