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Wednesday | 06 November | 2019 Fixed-term contract and what does such a contract entail?

What is the definition of a fixed-term contract and what does such a contract entail?   A fixed-term contract is a contract designed to be for a specific period, or until the completion of the project for which the specific contract was entered into. Contractually speaking, termination of a fixed-term contract does not constitute a  … Read more

Tuesday | 29 October | 2019 What is the law of pledge between creditor and debtor?

By Sanette Viljoen This question confuses many people. As we all know, pledging goes with a lot of grief because it usually goes hand in hand with poverty. A pledge is a movable asset handed to a creditor by a person. The asset provides security for money owed to the creditor. There are many types  … Read more

Tuesday | 29 October | 2019 What car is rebuilt from models belonging to different years

What is the model year of a car rebuilt from models belonging to different years? By Sanette Viljoen It often happens that two or more cars’ parts are combined to build one complete car. This rebuilding of cars resulted in a very interesting court case. In the case Khan v Minister van Wet en Orde  … Read more

Tuesday | 29 October | 2019 What evidential value does a lie-detector test have?

By Sanette Viljoen This question came up again in the case DHL Supply Chain (Pty) Ltd and Others v National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight Industry and Others [2014] 9 BLLR 860 (LAC). In this case the employer was suffering stock losses from his magazine and decided that all its employees had to undergo  … Read more

Tuesday | 29 October | 2019 Interest plus costs may not be more than principal debt

Law amended so that interest plus costs may not be more than principal debt By Sanette Viljoen All creditors and debtors are hereby reminded of the in duplum  rule. It is a rule of law to the effect that a creditor may not recover more money from a debtor than the original capital amount. This  … Read more

Tuesday | 22 October | 2019 Married in community of property

By Sanette Viljoen It often happens that spouses married in community of property enter into a contract and that only one spouse signs the contract. The contract is then invalid, and causes a lot of heartache, or expensive, drawn-out court cases. However, the consent of both spouses is only necessary in a small number of  … Read more

Monday | 21 October | 2019 How the Consumers Act protect if I break something in a shop

By Sanette Viljoen In most shops I regularly see signs with wording such as: “If you break it, you pay for it” or “Nice to look at and to hold, but if you break it, consider it sold”. Is this wording binding and what legal force does it have? In a previous article I wrote  … Read more

Monday | 21 October | 2019 Grievances and the proposed period for submission in SAPS

Question: I am currently an officer in the South African Police Service (SAPS). I have been working for the SAPS for the past four years. In my second year of service, our station commander retired. My working conditions underwent a drastic change with the arrival of the new station commander. This officer constantly made indirect  … Read more

Tuesday | 15 October | 2019 Testaments in a nutshell

By Dr. Eugene Brink National Testaments Week took place from 7 – 24 September 2019 and Solidarity World spoke to a legal expert about the nitty gritty of these most important documents. “A testament is a legal document in which you set out your specific wishes regarding how your assets should be distributed,” says Petro  … Read more

Tuesday | 08 October | 2019 What you have to know when you rent property

By Melodie Veldhuizen Tenants often do not know their rights and responsibilities when they rent property. We will discuss some of the worrying questions. Lease  A written lease with all the terms, conditions, rights and responsibilities of the owner and tenant is essential.  It states information such as the address of the leased property, rental  … Read more

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