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Property Owners: Your Rates Could Quadruple for Unauthorised Land Use

Property Owners: Your Rates Could Quadruple for Unauthorised Land Use

“The said penalty … was imposed due to the fact that the property was being used in contradiction to its zoning” (extract from judgment below) Municipalities all have the right (and the duty) to regulate land use in their areas, and amongst other sanctions, properties...

Workplace Harassment: The New Code in a Nutshell

Workplace Harassment: The New Code in a Nutshell

“The criterion that harassment involves unwanted conduct distinguishes acts of harassment from acceptable conduct in the workplace” (extract from the Code, emphasis added) With effect from 18 March 2022, a new “Code of Good Practice on the Prevention and...

Don’t Just Leave Your Loved Ones Assets – Leave Them a Legacy!

Don’t Just Leave Your Loved Ones Assets – Leave Them a Legacy!

“A Legacy Letter is a way for you to share your values, life lessons, cherished memories, hopes for your family’s future, and anything else that is really important to you.” Estate planning is key to ensuring that your loved ones are properly catered for after you are...

Beware The Badly Worded Bond Clause!

Beware The Badly Worded Bond Clause!

“The terms of the contract are the decisive criterion by which any potential expiry of a deadline has to be determined” (extract from the judgment below) A recent High Court decision provides yet another reminder to have your property sale agreement drawn (or at least...

Website of the Month: 3 Things the Most Productive People Do Every Day

Website of the Month: 3 Things the Most Productive People Do Every Day

“Here’s how to expand your mind’s abilities to get more done” Boosting productivity is one of the fundamentals of success in both our personal and our professional lives. “Get more done in less time” is the perfect strategy for making the most of everything we do, but...

Property Owner and Body Corporate Liable After Child’s Electrocution?

Property Owner and Body Corporate Liable After Child’s Electrocution?

A recent High Court decision saw both a sectional title unit owner and his cupboard contractor held liable for damages suffered by an 11-year-old boy electrocuted by a communal tap. The complex’s body corporate and an electrician were also sued but escaped liability....

Don’t Accidentally Disqualify Your Chosen Heirs from Inheriting!

Don’t Accidentally Disqualify Your Chosen Heirs from Inheriting!

“Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.” (Ambrose Bierce) Your will (“Last Will and Testament”) will always be the keystone of your estate planning, and a recent High Court decision sounds yet another warning to beware the “do your own...

Exemption Clauses and Thieving Employees: Can You Sue (or Be Sued)?

Exemption Clauses and Thieving Employees: Can You Sue (or Be Sued)?

“Where one of the parties wishes to be absolved either wholly or partially from an obligation or liability which would or could arise at common law under a contract of the kind which the parties intend to conclude, it is for that party to ensure that the extent...

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