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You Signed a Property Sale Agreement, Can You Still Accept a Better Offer?

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You put your property on the market and an acceptable but not-perfect offer comes in. On the “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” principle you…

Directors at War and the Liquidation Option – A Tale of Sibling Rivalry

| Company / Corporate / Compliance, Insolvency / Liquidation | No Comments

“Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go according to any rules” (F. Scott Fitzgerald) A company’s directors have both the power and the duty to manage the company’s affairs…

Equal Pay for Equal Work – Can You Differentiate Without Unfairly Discriminating?

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“Prohibition of unfair discrimination: No person may unfairly discriminate, directly or indirectly, against an employee, in any employment policy or practice, on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex,…

Business Rescue: Are Your Suretyships Enforceable? A R5.5m Lesson for Directors and Creditors

| Company / Corporate / Compliance, Insolvency / Liquidation, Litigation | No Comments

“Some people use one-half their ingenuity to get into debt, and the other half to avoid paying it” (George Prentice, newspaper editor and author) You are owed a lot of…

Tax Freedom Day 2019 Has Arrived!

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“Untold Wealth: That which does not appear on income tax returns” (Anonymous) “Tax Freedom Day” is the first day of the year that we South Africans (as a whole) have…

Your Website of the Month: Coming Soon – More Courts Offering Mediation Options

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“Agree, for the law is costly” (wise old proverb) The cost, delay and risk of contested litigation sometimes makes it sensible to rather try to resolve a dispute with mediation….

Security Estates: Can You Fine Speedsters?

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“When the [property owners] chose to purchase property within the estate and become members of the Association, they agreed to be bound by its rules” (extract from judgment below) There…

Accidentally Paid the Wrong Person? Lessons From a R862k Banking App Error

| Delict and Civil Claims, General Interest, Litigation | No Comments

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch” (Economist Milton Friedman) In these days of online banking and electronic payment, it’s not uncommon to find out to your horror that…

Expats and Employers: Plan Now For the New Expat Tax Changes

| Business, Employment and Labour Law, Tax | No Comments

“An income tax form is like a laundry list – either way you lose your shirt” (Comedian Fred Allen) This article is important to you if you are either a…

Estate Agents: Securing Your Trade Secrets (and Your Commission)

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“In short, it [a Fidelity Fund Certificate] is a licence to practice without which you cannot practice.” (Extract from judgment below) As an estate agent you will know that without…

Property Buyers: There’s a New Deduction from Interest Earned on Your Deposit

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When you buy property, the sale agreement often provides for you to pay a deposit (normally 10% of the sale price) to the conveyancer (the attorney transferring the property into…

Your Website and Video of the Month: Before You Enter an Uber…

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Ridesharing services like Uber are convenient and popular, but you will have read of the “fake Uber” attacks and other safety concerns so on the principle of “safety first” always…

Your Dog, Cat or Cow (Even Your Bees) Could Cost You Millions

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“Ignorance is Bliss Dangerous” (Internet meme) Our law will generally hold you liable for damages only if someone else can prove that you caused them loss/damage/injury through your “fault” (intent or negligence)….

Neighbours Building? Know Your Rights Re Plan Approval

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“You can be a good neighbour only if you have good neighbours” (Howard Koch, “Invasion from Mars” author) Your neighbours apply to the municipality for approval of building plans. You…

Losing Your Licence with AARTO Demerits: More Danger than You Thought, and The Wheels are Turning

| Employment and Labour Law, General Interest, Road Traffic | No Comments

“The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we all believe that we are above-average…

Small Claims Courts – From 1 April You Can Sue For Up To R20,000

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The monetary jurisdiction of Small Claims Courts has been increased from R15,000 to R20,000 from 1 April 2019. Not all claims can be pursued in a Small Claims Court –…

Your Website of the Month: Music for Productive Work

| Business, General Interest, Website of the Month | No Comments

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of…

Property Buyers: Beware Unlawful Occupiers!

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“The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy, and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell” (Sir John Templeton, billionaire investor) You are…

Traffic Fines and Admissions of Guilt – Will They Earn You a Criminal Record?

| Criminal Law / Crime, General Interest, Road Traffic | No Comments

“We must not make a scarecrow of the law” (Shakespeare) A criminal record, even for a minor offence from decades back, comes with very serious and lifetime consequences. It will…

Trustees at War: The Removal Remedy and Its Limits

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“Animosity and difference of opinion are not sufficient to have a trustee removed from office and/or for the majority of trustees to unilaterally force another to vacate his/her office…” (Extract…

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