Can I claim damages if I fall in a shop?

Can I claim damages if I fall in a shop?

In this article we will look at two court cases. In both cases somebody fell and was hurt in a shopping centre. The courts, however, made two different findings on the basis of one difference. Lindsayv Checkers Supermarket 2008 (4) SA 634 (N) In  September 2005 a KwaZulu-Natal woman went shopping at her nearby supermarket, Checkers. After  … Read more

Boundary fences between cattle and game farmers

Boundary fences between cattle and game farmers

Many good neighbourly relations have come to grief because of boundary fences. In this article we will take a look at the situation between cattle and game farmers as well as at an easier way of resolving boundary fence issues. Farmer A is a cattle farmer while Farmer B runs a game farm. Is Farmer  … Read more

May I keep exotic animals and how do I obtain a permit?

May I keep exotic animals and how do I obtain a permit?

What is an exotic/foreign animal and what is an indigenous animal? In South Africa an exotic animal is defined in terms on the National Environment Management: Biodiversity Act, no. 10 of 2004 (NEMBA) as a species not indigenous to South Africa (exotic and foreign animals are basically the same). An indigenous species means a specie  … Read more

Using a car chair is compulsory by law!

Using a car chair is compulsory by law!

On 30 April 2015 amendments to the National Road Traffic Act, no. 93 of 1996 came into force. Regulation 213 of the act stipulates that as from 1 May 2015 it would be invalid for a child up to the age of three years to sit on someone’s lap in a motorcar or to stand  … Read more

Unfair termination of employment: appeal process and period for referring it to the relevant external forum

Unfair termination of employment: appeal process and period for referring it to the relevant external forum

By Gibbs du Toit Question: My employment was terminated about two weeks ago. I lodged an appeal following the decision. The company has no policy in place about the period within which the appeal process has to be finalised. I heard from a friend that, apparently, I only have a certain period within which I  … 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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