Archive for Aug 2017

AIR-PURIFYING PLANTS FOR OFFICE AND HOME

“Sick building syndrome” caused by poor indoor air quality has been linked to illness and lack of productivity around the world. One easy way to fight it is to decorate with pot plants.  Not only do they help in purifying the air of all the toxins we put into it with our cleaning chemicals and…

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PROPERTY SELLERS: DON’T PAY “FUTURE RATES”

“Cause they told me everybody’s got to pay their dues And I explained that I had overpaid them” (Sixto Rodriguez in ‘Cause’) Before you as seller can transfer your property to the buyer, you must have a clearance certificate from your local municipality confirming that you have paid in full all rates and taxes, services…

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THE R1M BUFFALO THAT DIED: A LESSON IN PASSING OF RISK

We buy and sell things every day, and no doubt most of us assume that it is only when we become the owner that we take the risk of our purchase being damaged or destroyed.  Not always – in our law, passing of ownership and passing of risk are two different concepts, and although in…

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7 MYTHS ABOUT MAKING A WILL

“Let’s choose executors and talk of wills” (Shakespeare) If you haven’t made your will yet, get it done now.  Why is that so important and how should you go about it? To answer that let’s debunk a few of the more pervasive myths and misconceptions around those questions – “I’m too young to need a…

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ASSISTANCE WITH ENFORCEMENT OF CCMA AWARDS

Employees who have had awards issued in their favour but cannot afford the costs of enforcing or executing the awards (the sheriffs’ fees) can now approach the CCMA for assistance. This service is only intended for those employees who are too indigent to afford the costs of enforcement or execution. The CCMA has deemed these…

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COSTS ORDERS IN THE LABOUR CONTEXT

Martin Phillip Vermaak v MEC for Local Government &Traditional Affairs, Northwest Province &others (JA 14/2014) [2017] ZALAC (10 January 2017) Costs orders in litigation may be made on one of three scales, the first which is the lowest scale and the last which is the highest. Most cost orders are made on a party and…

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ENJOY WINTER WITH HYGGE (THE VIKING WAY)

If you are struggling to enjoy what’s left of Winter (and doesn’t it always seem hardest just before Spring?), think about how Denmark manages to retain its title of “Happiest Country in the World”, despite its long, cold, dark winters. How do the Danes manage it?  Perhaps there’s some truth in the idea that a…

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SARS AND THE SPECIAL VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE PROGRAMME: IT’S DEADLINE TIME!

“The SVDP is meant for individuals and companies who have not in the past disclosed tax and exchange control defaults in relation to offshore assets” (SARS) If you aren’t sure whether or not you should apply for the Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP), take advice immediately – The deadline is 31 August 2017, and you…

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VERBAL AGREEMENTS – THE PROPERTY PERSPECTIVE

“A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on” (Samuel Goldwyn) A recent High Court judgment is yet another reminder of how essential it is to comply with all necessary formalities when entering into any sort of agreement, particularly when dealing with the sale of property. A fight over eviction and a property transfer…

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EXPIRED FIREARM LICENCES: HIGH COURT TO THE RESCUE

URGENT UPDATE – Since time of writing of the below article, media reports suggest that SAPS has now appealed against the above judgment to the Constitutional Court and that the effect of this is that gun owners must continue to comply strictly with the relevant sections of the Firearms Act.  SAPS has reportedly also stated…

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