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    Fewer delays in your criminal hearing

    Fewer delays in your criminal hearing

    Sanette Viljoen The office of the judge president of the Gauteng division of the High Court of South Africa has released a new Practice Note that aims to remove unnecessary delays in criminal cases and institute essential improvements as well as probation dates. The Practice Note stipulates that amendments to the process and procedures contained  … Read more

    Must a witness sign the contract?

    Must a witness sign the contract?

    Sanette Viljoen   One is often confronted by the question as to whether a witness has to sign a contract. Usually there are two spaces at the bottom of a contract where witnesses have to sign, apart from the space where the contracting parties have to sign. Is it a legal requirement for a witness  … Read more

    What is a trademark and how do I obtain one?

    What is a trademark and how do I obtain one?

    Sanette Viljoen   What is a trademark? A trademark is a characteristic mark, design, label, card, or name, distinguishing certain goods or services from others. Such a trademark makes is easy for the public to identify certain goods or services from others and the owners’ right to exclusive use of their trademark gives protection to  … Read more

    What is an administration order?

    What is an administration order?

    Sanette Viljoen   It is not always such a bad idea for a debtor to obtain an administration order. It could actually solve many of the debtor’s problems, such as preventing creditors from constantly harassing him or her for payment. In this way the administration process may relieve a lot of stress. An administration order  … Read more

    What to know about the new SA bakkie laws

    What to know about the new SA bakkie laws

    Sanette Viljoen   Conveyance of school children In terms of amendments to Regulation 250 of the National Road Safety Act (Act 93 of 1996) no person may convey school children for reward in the goods compartment of a motor vehicle. This amendments to Regulation 250 took effect on 11 May 2017. The goods compartment is  … 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

  • Click here to find out what your rights are in terms of prosecution and how to lodge a complaint if any of your rights are being infringed.

    ARREST

    DRUNK DRIVING

    ASSAULT

    HOW DO YOU LAY A CHARGE?

    Solidarity gives its members and supporters access to advice on civil matters by making use of a preferred external firm, serfontein, viljoen and swart. Members of solidarity can get free telephonic advice on civil matters through the solidarity call centre by phoning 0861 25 24 23

    Debt counselling is a process that was introduced by the National Credit Act to assist consumers who have high debt levels and are in trouble. The aim of debt counselling is to restructure debt and establish a repayment plan that is supported by creditors or that is found by the court to be fair in the circumstances.

    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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