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Why Buyers Should Ask for Building Plans (and Why Sellers Should Supply Them)

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“No person shall without the prior approval in writing of the local authority in question, erect any building in respect of which plans and specifications are to be drawn and…

A Valentine’s Day Thought for Life Partners: What is a “Universal Partnership”?

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“Marriage is the chief cause of divorce” (Groucho Marx) This Valentine’s Day, think about the legal aspects of your romantic relationship. They’re a lot less exciting than the traditional declarations…

You Can (and Should) Both Discipline and Prosecute Thieving Employees

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“It’s the profile of the most trusted individual, in a position of trust, like an accountant or bookkeeper. They usually never take leave, and someone who never allows anyone access…

“Pay Extra for My Generator or I’ll Cut You Off During Loadshedding”. Can a Landlord Do That?

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Loadshedding continues to plague us and our businesses, and when tenants are connected during power cuts to their landlord’s alternative power source – such as a generator – it is…

Can You Use Land Use Laws to Close Down a Neighbour’s Business?

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“A bad neighbour is as great a calamity as a good one is a great advantage”. (Hesiod, poet of Ancient Greece) Your neighbour’s business is driving you to distraction. Perhaps…

Estate Planning: Remember your Pets!

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“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” (Mahatma Gandhi) For many of us our pets are a central…

Now Creditors Can Apply for Directors to be Declared Delinquent – Why is That Important?

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“He who is quick to borrow is slow to pay” (Old proverb) A recent High Court decision means that, for the first time, creditors of debtor companies are specifically cleared…

Moonlighting Without Consent is Misconduct – A Firing Offence

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“…moonlighting as a matter of principle is unacceptable…” (extract from judgment) Up to a quarter of all middle-class South Africans are reported to “moonlight”, that is to run a part-time…

Festive Season Sellers: Start Getting Your Compliance Certificates Ready

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“If you don’t like where you are, move. You are not a tree” (Jim Rohn) It’s that time of year again – summer sunshine, happy holidaymakers in festive mode, and…

Plan Your Estate to Protect Your Family – Two End-of-Year Questions to Ask Yourself

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” (Songwriters Pola & Wyle) As the end of another year approaches, with its family celebrations and holidays, take the time to check…

The New Law on Parental Leave – A Simple Summary for Employers and Employees

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“The crux of the case is about unequal treatment of persons. (Extract from judgment below) The recent High Court judgment which declared unconstitutional differences between maternity, paternity, parental, adoption and…

Did You Know that CV Liars Now Face Jail Time?

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“Fraud is a cancer that is crippling our country” (Supreme Court of Appeal in 2019) An all-too-common scenario in these times of high unemployment is job applicants who, desperate to…

A Costly Case of Buyer’s Remorse

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“Caveat subscriptor” – old legal maxim meaning “Let the signer beware!’ A recent High Court decision once again highlights the dangers of signing anything without reading, understanding and fully considering…

Buying a Used Car – Your Rights

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“The buyer needs a hundred eyes, the seller but one” (Old proverb) You buy a “pre-loved” vehicle which turns out to be a complete dud. You go back to the…

Selling Your House to a Non-Resident

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“Oh, I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien” (Sting’s ‘Englishman in New York’) South Africa is attractive to overseas property buyers with our world-class lifestyle, depreciated Rand, strong property registration…

How Does the New Divorce Act Ruling Affect You?

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Media reports of the recent Constitutional Court decision holding a section of the Divorce Act unconstitutional and giving Parliament 24 months to remedy that haven’t always been clear about who…

Security Warning: Property Sale Cybercrime Surges, and a New AI Danger

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“The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague” (Napoleon Bonaparte) This October marks the 20th anniversary of the globally observed “Cyber Security Awareness Month”, and with cybercrime continuing to…

Dementia: Understanding Your Legal Options

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“Dementia is the plague of our time, the disease of the century” (Unattributed) Dementia is a widespread medical condition that affects people of all ages but particularly the elderly, and…

Suing for a Supermarket “Slip ‘n Trip” – What Must You Prove?

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“The path is smooth that leadeth on to danger” (William Shakespeare) Tripping over aisle blockages or slipping on floors made slick by spillages can happen in even the best-managed supermarkets,…

Can a Video Call be a Valid Will?

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“Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.” (Ambrose Bierce) It may well be that in the future, we will be able to make a perfectly…

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