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    What are my property rights after I tie the knot?

    August 16th, 2017

    Marriage is undeniably a life-changing event, and not just in the emotional sense – it alters the way we manage things like finances and property ownership too. The contractual side of tying the knot may not be particularly romantic, but it can have far-reaching effects in your future together and should definitely be a part  … Read more

    What to do to privately prosecute?

    August 16th, 2017

    Question: “In 2016 my son was assaulted in ‘n bar, however the state decided not to prosecute the particular person. Lately I’ve heard a lot in the news about private prosecution. How does it work?” Answer: While a large percentage of the South African public only recently heard of private prosecution, it is not a  … Read more

    Beware the suspensive conditions in OTP

    August 15th, 2017

    Question: “I’ve made a written offer on property that has been accepted by the seller. The offer was subject to the condition that I acquire a mortgage from a bank for the full purchase price within 30 days. I received a mortgage quotation from a bank and notified the seller that I will accept it.  … Read more

    Paternity leave in a nutshell

    August 15th, 2017

    Leandri Engelbrecht Various rumours and stories are going around regarding the paternity leave to which a prospective father is entitled. The South African labour law does not specifically provide for this type of leave. Section 27 of the Basic Conditions of Service Act (Act 75 of 1997) does, however, create a right to family responsibility  … Read more

    Regulating social media abuse in the workplace

    August 14th, 2017

    Question: “I have a growing concern not only about the time my employees are spending on social media sites but also about the risks for my business if an employee should not conduct themselves appropriately whilst online. How do I strike a fair balance as an employer between allowing social media use and protecting my  … Read more

    How binding is a social media announcement?

    August 11th, 2017

    Question: “I recently responded to a Facebook post of a breeder selling puppies. I messaged the breeder, indicating that I wanted one of the puppies and would pay the price. We communicated through Facebook and agreed on a date for me to pick up the puppy and pay the price in cash. When I went  … Read more

    Does my insurance cover public unrest damages?

    August 10th, 2017

    Question: “With all the civil unrest caused by striking workers, political rallies and student actions such as #feesmustfall, I was wondering whether insurance companies are required to pay out insured persons or companies whose property is damaged by these incidents?” Answer: Most insurance policies have a clause that excludes the liability of the insurance company  … Read more

    Lapsed firearm licence: The latest position?

    August 10th, 2017

    Question: “I own a firearm which has always been validly licenced. I was out of the country for a few months with work this year and was unable to renew my licence before its expiry in June. On my return I went to the police, but they told me that because my licence was not  … Read more

    What to know about the new SA bakkie laws

    August 10th, 2017

    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 not  … Read more

    You’ve been overpaid and employer wants it back

    August 8th, 2017

    Chantal van der Merwe QUESTION My employer overpaid me over the past year and three months and now wants to recover it from my salary. The employer made the mistake, not me. May he do this? ANSWER Section 34(1) of the Basic Conditions of Employment (hereafter called the “BCEA”) stipulate that an employer may not  … Read more


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