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Landlord vs Tenant: When Can You Cut Electricity or Change the Locks?

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“Spoliation is the wrongful deprivation of another’s right of possession. The aim of spoliation is to prevent self-help. It seeks to prevent people from taking the law into their own…

Dementia and Incapacity: What is a Power of Attorney and is it Forever?

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“The number of cases of dementia is estimated to almost triple by 2050” (World Health Organisation) Although the actual prevalence per capita of dementia is reportedly on the decline, aging…

Security Complexes and Fibre – You Can Use Telkom Ducting After All

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“Reliable electronic communications go beyond just benefiting the commercial interest of licensees to the detriment of ownership of property. The statute [Electronic Communications Act] is designed to avoid this no-winner…

How Courts Sort Fact from Fiction – A Tale of Jags, Deception and Damages

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“Truth will out” (Shakespeare) You are wondering whether you can win in court against an opponent where your two versions of what happened are totally at odds with each other. …

Your Websites of the Month: Tips to Manage Debt and Master Your Money

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Times are hard, and although hopefully we are now seeing the first green shoots in our economy, there has never been a better time to improve your relationship with money…

Your Will: What You Can and Can’t Do

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“Where there’s a will, I want to be in it” (Anon) Your will (“Last Will and Testament”) is quite possibly the most important document you will ever sign. Without a…

Property: Are Verbal Agreements Valid?

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“A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on” (Samuel Goldwyn) Verbal agreements in South Africa are generally as binding and valid as written ones. Of course not recording…

What is Poor Work Performance? A Case of Missed Sales Targets

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“…the employer has a duty to investigate all possible alternatives short of dismissal, and this duty accords with the onus of proving the fairness of the dismissal” (extract from judgment…

Home Builders – Your Contractor Must Register with the NHBRC

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“…the Act is consumer-protection legislation designed to offer protection against incompetent builders and the construction of homes having structural defects” (extract from judgment below) In order to promote housing consumer…

Your Website of the Month: Video Guides to Starting Your Own Business

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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” (Laozi) Many of us dream of starting up our own thriving businesses. But it’s an ambition that few actually…

Warning: Property Email Scams Surging

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“Forewarned is Forearmed!” (Wise old saying) Why yet another warning about cyber-scams in the property industry? It’s because the hard fact is that the criminals are winning this war. In…

Can Your Bank Take Your Money Without Permission?

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“A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it” (Bob Hope) A recent High Court decision has settled the knotty…

How to Stop Vital Evidence Being Destroyed

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“Surprise the enemy” (Sun Tzu in ‘Art of War’) You suspect that someone you are suing (or about to sue) will destroy or hide vital evidence in their possession. Perhaps…

Unlawful Occupiers: Eviction Is Possible, but Neither Quick nor Easy

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“It is only once the court concludes that there is no defence to the claim for eviction and that it would be just and equitable to grant an eviction order…

Your Website of the Month: Left Money in a South African Will But Living Overseas?

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What happens if you want to access a South African bequest overseas? BizNews gives you a step-by-step breakdown of how to go about it, depending on whether you are – Non-resident, …

Property Transfers and Trust Account Theft: A R720,000 Warning

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“The issue of whether a conveyancing attorney receives the money as the agent of the seller, or of the purchaser, or of both, or as trustee for both to await…

Your Last Will: The Dire Consequences of Neglecting Formalities

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“It is not intended for the Court to make a will for the deceased based on what his intentions may have been” (Quoted in the judgment below) As a general…

Employers: What is Your Duty to Accommodate Religious Beliefs?

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“The employer has a duty to reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious freedom unless it is impossible to do so without causing itself undue hardship. It is not enough that it…

Airbnb Owners and Buyers – Should You Be Worried About the New Regulations?

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“While travel on our platform accounts for less than 1 in 8 visitors to South Africa, those guests boosted the economy by R8.7 billion and helped create 22,000 jobs last…

Your Website of the Month: Business Email Dos and Don’ts

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“The email of the species is deadlier than the mail” (Stephen Fry) Do your business emails enhance your brand or tarnish it? It’s a critical question, particularly for businesses with…

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