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Lockdown! Nuisance Neighbours and How to Handle Them

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“You can be a good neighbour only if you have good neighbours” (Howard E. Koch) It looks as if we will still be under “restricted movement” orders for a while…

Unemployed, Can’t Pay Bond and Credit Instalments? “Credit Life Insurance” May Save You

| Credit Law, Employment and Labour Law, Personal Finance, Property | No Comments

If you are one of the many employees retrenched or put on short pay or unpaid leave as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown, you will be wondering…

Directors: Reckless Trading and Personal Liability in the Time of Coronavirus

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“Better safe than sorry” (wise old proverb) The COVID-19 pandemic and its ongoing economic fallout have left many businesses struggling with cash flow and even viability challenges.  The result is…

Domestic Violence and the Lockdown: Your Personalised Safety Plan

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“Preamble to the Domestic Violence Act: “To afford the victims of domestic violence the maximum protection from domestic abuse that the law can provide” There is great concern that the…

Website of the Month: A Complete Guide to Working from Home in 2020

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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new” (Socrates) One wonders how many office-based businesses, having been…

Leases, Contracts and COVID-19: What is Force Majeure?

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The COVID-19 crisis has changed everything. Our personal lives have been upended and our businesses hit hard.  And with many businesses operating out of leased premises, a great many landlords…

In Times of Great Change, Make Sure Your Will is Updated!

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“Death always comes without knocking” (Margaret Atwood) Particularly in these times of pandemic, deadly infections and uncertainty, no one can ever say with any confidence that we will still be…

Divorce in a Time of Lockdown – What Grounds Can You Rely On?

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Note: If, as we hope, you personally have no need for an article on divorce, please think of passing this on to anyone you know who may find it relevant…

Property Sellers – Prepare for SPLUMA

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Many factors can delay your property transfer, and all of them are likely to cost you.  A last-minute rush to comply with statutory requirements is one such pitfall to avoid….

Your Website of the Month: Lockdown Advice for Entrepreneurs

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“The scale of the national COVID-19 lockdown is unprecedented in living memory. The repercussions – personal, professional, national and international – will reverberate for years to come. As entrepreneurs, we…

COVID-19: Small Businesses, Employment Laws, and Survival Support

| Business, Employment and Labour Law | No Comments

“The secret of crisis management is not good vs. bad, it’s preventing the bad from getting worse” (Andy Gilman) We can only guess at how the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak will…

Your Neighbour Builds Without Plans – Can You Get a Demolition Order?

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“The primary remedy therefore is an order for removal of the structure” (extract from the judgment below) What can you do if your neighbour has started (or finished) building without…

How to Stop an Ex-Director from Competing With You

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“…the default position is that an executive director or a senior employee may not carry on business activities which fall within the scope of his company’s business during the time…

Beware the “Common Law Marriage” Myth

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“In our law cohabitation does not have special legal consequences. Generally the proprietary consequences and rights flowing from a marriage are not available to unmarried couples, regardless of the length…

Website of the Month: COVID-19 – Entrepreneurs and Your Growth Opportunities

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“Never let a good crisis go to waste” (Winston Churchill) The COVID-19 coronavirus crisis will, like all crises, eventually give way to economic and societal recovery.  Even before that inevitable…

Budget 2020: Good News for Property Sellers and Buyers, and Some Useful Tax Calculators

| Economy, Property, Tax | No Comments

“To support the property market, the threshold for transfer duties is adjusted” (Finance Minister Tito Mboweni) Transfer Duty Exemption Up Some good news for property sellers and buyers in particular…

Running a Business in a Residential Area – Check Your Zoning First!

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“It is unquestionable that an owner of land is not permitted to perform activities which contravene the restrictive title conditions or the zoning restrictions” (extract from judgment below) You decide…

Watch What You Say on WhatsApp – The Case of the R20m Lottery Win and the R1m “Offer”

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“Engage brain before hitting send” (Anon) WhatsApp comes with a host of business and personal benefits, and its use is growing exponentially here as in the rest of the world….

How to Stop an Ex-Director from Competing With You

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“…the default position is that an executive director or a senior employee may not carry on business activities which fall within the scope of his company’s business during the time…

POPIA’s One Year Deadline to Start Running on 1 April?

| Business, Information Technology Law / Cyberlaw | No Comments

Will the main provisions of POPIA (the Protection of Personal Information Act) really commence on 1 April 2020 as media reports suggest, or is this just another case of Crying…

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