Archive for Feb 2017

IS FACEBOOK GIVING YOU FOMO?

“FOMO”, the Fear of Missing Out, is a phenomenon that has been with us forever.  But it’s never been as pervasive as it is now, and it seems that the “Facebook Illusion” is largely to blame. Naturally enough, Facebook posts tend to show the world a “cherry-picked perfection” version of other peoples’ lives, and if…

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HOW TO FREEZE YOUR DODGING DEBTOR’S ASSETS

Joe Debtor owes you a fortune but does everything he can to frustrate your debt collection attempts.  He strings you along with spurious queries and false promises, and when you issue summons he defends your action with every delaying tactic he can come up with. Joe, you suspect, has one reason and one reason only…

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FACEBOOK REVENGE: THE DEFAMATION DANGER

Our laws of defamation are there to help you protect your good name from unlawful attack, and a recent High Court judgment about a defamatory Facebook post is a pertinent reminder of how this protection applies online as well as in the real world. Neighbours, noisy chickens, smelly rabbits, and a “peeping tom” slur H…

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WORKING ANYWHERE, ANYTIME: THE EFFECTS OF TECHNOLOGY ON THE WORLD OF WORK

Advances in digital technology such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers which enable employees to work at home and elsewhere are rapidly transforming the traditional model of work. The use of such technology has enabled employees to work ‘anywhere, anytime.’ Employers tend to encourage it, as it is perceived to increase productivity and performance.…

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AMENDMENTS TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE ACT

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) gives relief to employees who become unemployed or who are unable to work due to incapacity or maternity or adoption. The UIF has found itself with a huge surplus which has resulted in beneficial changes to employees, which came into effect on 19 January 2017. Some of the categories of…

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BUYING AND SELLING PROPERTY: WHO PAYS THE TAXMAN?

Note:  What follows is of necessity just a general summary of some complex provisions, there are various exemptions and exceptions (such as possible zero-rating of going concern sales), and many traps for the unwary.  So take specific advice on your particular circumstances. Whether you are the buyer or the seller of property, one of you…

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CREDITORS: WHEN CAN YOU USE A LIQUIDATION APPLICATION TO COLLECT DEBT?

When you are struggling to recover your money from a recalcitrant debtor company, applying for its liquidation can be a very powerful collection tool.  Suddenly the directors are faced with the imminent prospect of completely losing control of their company, its business and its assets to a liquidator.  If the directors are just fighting a…

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Barking Dogs Driving You Batty? Noisy Neighbours and the Interdict Option

If the dog-next-door’s incessant barking is destroying your quality of life, read on.  A recent High Court case illustrates our law’s approach to protecting you from noisy neighbours generally. The Chihuahua’s Tale In a rustic township development boasting a wide variety of free-roaming wild animals (giraffe, kudu, warthog and the like), a management rule provided…

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