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    What are my property rights after I tie the knot?

    What are my property rights after I tie the knot?

    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?

    What to do to privately prosecute?

    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

    Beware the suspensive conditions in OTP

    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

    Paternity leave in a nutshell

    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

    Regulating social media abuse in the workplace

    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

    Trade Union Solidarity deals with cases relating to labour law only, which is one of the benefits of membership the union offers. All other legal matters on this page (civil law and criminal law) are dealt with by other parties and are not included in the benefits of membership offered by Solidarity. Solidarity legal services is not bound to the advice and articles published on this page. When reading an article, check the publication date to ensure you get up-to-date advice and not advice that is no longer valid.

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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.





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    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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