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WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

  Whenever we are offered something for free, especially by large companies, we have to ask ourselves, “what is in it for them?” While browsing Facebook recently on a mobile phone, the writer received an offer from his mobile service provider (“the Service Provider”), to use a new product of theirs – called “Facebook Flex”. […]

DEPRESSED AND DISMISSED – A HARD LESSON FOR A HARD EMPLOYER

A recent Labour Court decision shows how dangerous it is as an employer, when attempting to dismiss an employee, not to draw a clear distinction between misconduct and incapacity. Disciplined for depression An employee, whose track record had originally been an excellent one, was charged at a disciplinary enquiry with four charges of misconduct – […]

BEWARE OF ONLINE AND EMAIL SCAMS WHEN YOU ARE PURCHASE A PROPERTY

To avoid falling victim to these scams, experts recommend the following measures: Know your service provider/attorney/conveyancer and always personally verify any change in payment instruction; Before making a payment, request the contact person that you have been dealing with at the business or firm of attorneys to confirm the amount and their banking details telephonically […]

HOW TO ESCAPE FROM A PROPERTY SURETYSHIP

“Suretyship is the precursor of ruin” (Thales of Miletus, one of the Seven Sages of Ancient Greece) As the philosopher and mathematician Thales pointed out two and a half millennia ago, signing surety for another’s debts carries huge risk. Yet every day directors of property holding companies happily sign personal suretyships for their company’s (usually […]

STARTING A BUSINESS? THE PARTNERSHIP OPTION

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” (Helen Keller) Firstly, what exactly is a partnership? We talk loosely about our  ‘partners’ in various contexts,  but it is important to understand how the law views the concept in a strictly business situation.   In broad terms a partnership is an association of between […]

ROAD RAGE – SUE AND REPORT IT!

    “Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” (Comedian George Carlin) We live in stressful times, and as our roads become busier and the pressures of modern life mount, expect more and more road rage incidents. YouTube clips of […]

INCREASED BENEFITS UNDER UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ACT

Through amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act, which amendments were passed in January 2017 but have not yet come into effect, the Department of Labour intends using a portion of the surplus held in the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) to expand the scope and reach of benefits available to contributors to the fund that lose […]

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

   “The general rule of our law is that cohabitation does not give rise to special legal consequences, no matter how long the relationship has endured” (From a 2010 High Court judgment and still applicable) One of the more pervasive myths in South Africa is that, if you live together for long enough as “life […]