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    Landowner’s duty when fire spreads beyond property

    Landowner’s duty when fire spreads beyond property

    Question: “I own a small holding of a few hectares. Recently, with the heavy winds in the region a veld fire started on my property. I’m still not sure what happened, but the fire spread quickly, despite my attempts to stop it, to my neighbour’s property and caused damage to some of his sheds before  … Read more

    Farmers take note! How to remove occupiers

    Farmers take note! How to remove occupiers

    Sanette Viljoen The Extension of Security of Tenure Act, No. 62 of 1997, is also known as the ESTA Act. This Act regulates the tenants’ right of residence on your farm. The ESTA Act also prescribes the process that needs to be followed if you wish to evict an occupier from your farm. Should this  … Read more

    More than just a speeding fine

    More than just a speeding fine

    Sanette de Jager The holidays are almost here and you can’t wait to get to your destination as fast as possible even if it means a traffic fine in the mail. Months later you get a surprise in the mail. You’re expecting a fat fine, but are shocked when it’s not a fine. It is  … Read more

    The 2 types of traffic fines

    The 2 types of traffic fines

    Sanette Viljoen It is important to understand that there are two types of traffic fines and also to know what is the risk of each type. Section 341 fine This fine is imposed when it is not clear who is the driver of the car. Examples of these fines are a parking ticket or when  … Read more

    Who owns your social media content?

    Who owns your social media content?

    Leanne van Breda and Tracy Cohen More often than not, people sign up for social media accounts without reading the particular platform’s terms of service. As a result, they are usually completely unaware of the conditions of use or the rights they have signed away in order to create their profile. Have you ever stopped  … Read more

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    Solidarity's general litigation division provides assistance to members who encounter legal problems in the workplace. Assistance is provided in respect of legal enquiries, consultations, grievance procedures, disciplinary inquiries, conciliations and arbitrations.

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  • In the case of South African Airways v Van Vuuren, the distinction between “compensation” and “damages” was deliberated in the judgment of the Labour Appeal Court. It was clear that the two words were often used interchangeably because of their meanings being ambiguous. This would naturally affect the discretion of the court in awarding claims  … Read more

  • It is well-known that Solidarity has been involved in a long battle against government’s implementation of affirmative action. Over the past ten years we have brought several discrimination cases before the Labour Court, the Labour Appeal Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal and also before the Constitutional Court. In 2012 a decision was made to  … Read more

  • Introduction We, as Solidarity’s Centre for Fair Labour Practices, have a number of concerns regarding the proposed amendments to the Employment Equity Act (EEA) as reflected in our comments provided to the portfolio committee. We would like to take this opportunity to focus on the issue we are most concerned about, namely the amendments to  … Read more

  • Much has already been said about the impact that majoritarianism has had on minority unions and the subsequent Marikana “consequences”. However, in this article we consider the effect thereof, especially on minority groups during employment equity negotiations. In terms of section 16 of the Employment Equity Act (No. 55 of 1998)  an employer is required  … Read more

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    In other words, it is a form of rehabilitation that carries on in a structured manner until a consumer’s debt levels return to “normal” and he/she can function normally like any other consumer who controls his/her debt levels.


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