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CLOSE CORPORATIONS: TO CONVERT OR NOT? THAT IS THE QUESTION

4th Sep 2009

Now that the new Companies Act has been signed into law, should you rush to convert your company to a close corporation (or vice versa)? Note firstly that, until the…

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TERMINAL DECISIONS: LIVING WILLS

27th Aug 2009

If you don’t want to be kept artificially alive, possibly in pain and distress, when your medical condition is hopeless and you are no longer able to make your own…

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THE FOREIGN CURRENCY CONVERSION BLUES

20th Aug 2009

When contracting in a foreign currency to be paid locally, specify how the conversion to Rand is to be effected. Per a recent High Court decision, if you want to…

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WHISTLE(BLOWING) WHILE YOU WORK

14th Aug 2009

The Protected Disclosures Act (more popularly referred to as the “Whistleblower’s Act”) provides procedures for employees to disclose unlawful or irregular conduct by their employers or fellow employees (in both…

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FIDENTIA, THE BROKER, AND THE CLIENTS’ CLAIMS

7th Aug 2009

Financial services providers risk liability for any poor investment advice they give, and need to comply strictly with their statutory Code of Conduct. A recent determination by the FAIS Ombud…

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UNLAWFUL OCCUPIERS: WHEN CAN’T YOU EVICT THEM?

31st Jul 2009

Before you buy any property with occupants in or on it – Establish the basis of their occupation – take advice upfront to be sure that you can evict them…

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU MISSED THE TURNOVER TAX REGISTRATION DEADLINE

24th Jul 2009

If your small business has a turnover of no more than R1 million, it may qualify to change to the greatly simplified “all-in-one” Turnover Tax system, but take advice first…

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MUTTON DRESSED UP AS LAMB!

3rd Jul 2009

The Code of Advertising Practice prohibits “misleading claims” in advertising, whether by “any statement or visual presentation”, and whether “directly or by omission, ambiguity, or exaggerated claim”. It seems however…

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THE “ANTHRAX POWDER” HOAX, AND THE POLICE STRIKE BACK

26th Jun 2009

Hoax reports to the police have always attracted condemnation from all quarters – in squandering scarce police resources, they notoriously put us all at serious risk. The good news is…

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