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TEN THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A HOUSE

Buying a house is a bit like planning for your wedding day — there are months packed with excitement, stress, planning, and then, finally, the big payoff. 1. Recognise a roof in need of repair Before you ever set foot inside, check out what’s happening on top. Does the roof look relatively new or is […]

TRAVELLING ABROAD? KNOW LOCAL LAWS OR RISK JAIL

“Ignorance of the law is no excuse” (old Roman law principle applied in many legal systems worldwide) Whether you travel abroad on business or on holiday, ignorance of local laws can easily land you in a situation where your protestations of “But I had no idea that that is illegal here, it’s totally legal in […]

EDCON CLUB FEE RULED LAWFUL

The Edcon Group (“Edcon”) has successfully appealed the finding of the National Consumer Tribunal (“the Tribunal”) that Edcon unlawfully charged its customers Club fees and was in contravention of the National Credit Act 34 of 2005 (“the NCA”). Following a complaint initiated by the National Credit Regulator (“the Regulator”), the Tribunal made a ruling that […]

CAN I TERMINATE MY LEASE EARLIER?

Life is unpredictable and sometimes it becomes necessary to terminate a lease agreement entered into for a fixed term earlier. Can a tenant give notice to the landlord to cancel the lease before the agreed fixed term of the lease has run its course? The first point of departure is to read the lease agreement. […]

NEW COMMERCIAL COURT FOR BUSINESS DISPUTES

The Commercial Court has been revived in the Gauteng Division of the High Court of South Africa. Although the court was established 15 years ago, it was never fully operational. The court aims at resolving company disputes faster and more efficiently and will consider any case that has a commercial transaction and/or relationship as its […]

CAN I HAVE PETS IN A RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX?

  “I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night” (Marie Corelli, English novelist) Residential complexes and estates are […]

AGING EMPLOYEES : WHEN MUST THEY RETIRE?

“Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five I still had pimples” (Comedian George Burns) Record numbers of Baby Boomers are now reaching their 60s, and if you are an employer in any size of business (from the smallest family-owned enterprise to the largest corporate), make sure now that you have a policy in […]