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Must you pay the estate agent if there is no agreement?

24 July 2024

When buying or selling a property, estate agents play a crucial role in facilitating the process. But what happens when... there is no explicit agreement regarding the estate agent's commission? Is it still payable?

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Unlocking a hidden gem in the Income Tax Act

23 July 2024

Hidden gems in the form of tax deductions do exist in the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 (“ITA”). With... escalating taxes, any hidden tax breaks are always welcomed by taxpayers. One such gem is buried in section 24O of the ITA. In this article we share the opportunities section 24O holds by focusing on its use and application to those acquiring equity shares.

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The rising tide of business email compromise

23 July 2024

Cybercrime is on the rise and is fast becoming one of the most noteworthy threats of the modern age. Perpetrators... of cybercrime are located all over the world and can swiftly facilitate cybercrime between jurisdictions. Developing countries such as South Africa are also more vulnerable to cybercrime, especially with the rapid spread of technology and the internet across the African continent, creating a new and vulnerable target base for cyber criminals.

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Mediation – a go-to option for divorcing couples

27 June 2024

At the heart of divorce proceedings, lies an intense personal battle between spouses. Enter mediation as a growing alternative dispute... resolution mechanism aiming to preserve relationships and protect the psychological and emotional well-being of children and adults by avoiding drawn-out and combative court proceedings. In this article, we take a brief look at mediation as a go-to option for divorcing couples in South Africa.

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Outstanding charges, body corporates and sales in execution

27 June 2024

Recently our Supreme Court of Appeal had to consider whether a purchaser was entitled to only pay for outstanding levies... of a sectional title property that was sold in an execution sale or also the other outstanding charges such as water, sewerage etc. where the terms of the execution sale only required payment of the outstanding levies. In effect, the court had to consider whether a body corporate could be forced to accept a lesser amount because of the terms of a sale in execution.

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Businesses, body corporates, and the right to electricity

27 June 2024

Can a business enforce its right to receive electricity if the body corporate under which that business falls fails to... pay its service fees to the municipality? 

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Stoners may be exempted from zero-tolerance policy

27 June 2024

With the well-known Prince-case finding that it is unconstitutional for the state to criminalise the possession, use or cultivation of... cannabis by adults for personal consumption, the perception has arisen that this freedom extends to the workplace and that it is also discriminatory and unfair to dismiss an employee that tests positive for the use of cannabis as a result of reporting for duty under the influence of drugs. In this article, we look at to what extent the Prince-freedoms have also found their way into the workplace.

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Trustee responsibilities have become even heavier

26 June 2024

The Trust Property Control Act 57 of 1988 (“TPCA”) provides the framework for the effective and efficient operation of a... trust. The Act confers a range of statutory duties on trustees when appointed, which duties have recently been extended by the General Laws (Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Terrorism Financing) Amendment Act 22 of 2022 (“Amendment Act”) which amended the TPCA. In this article, we unpack the duties that form part of the responsibilities which are assumed when a trustee is appointed.

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Must you pay the estate agent if there is no agreement?

24 July 2024

When buying or selling a property, estate agents play a crucial role in facilitating the process. But what happens when... there is no explicit agreement regarding the estate agent's commission? Is it still payable?

READ MORE
0
Article

Unlocking a hidden gem in the Income Tax Act

23 July 2024

Hidden gems in the form of tax deductions do exist in the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 (“ITA”). With... escalating taxes, any hidden tax breaks are always welcomed by taxpayers. One such gem is buried in section 24O of the ITA. In this article we share the opportunities section 24O holds by focusing on its use and application to those acquiring equity shares.

READ MORE
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Article

The rising tide of business email compromise

23 July 2024

Cybercrime is on the rise and is fast becoming one of the most noteworthy threats of the modern age. Perpetrators... of cybercrime are located all over the world and can swiftly facilitate cybercrime between jurisdictions. Developing countries such as South Africa are also more vulnerable to cybercrime, especially with the rapid spread of technology and the internet across the African continent, creating a new and vulnerable target base for cyber criminals.

READ MORE
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Mediation – a go-to option for divorcing couples

27 June 2024

At the heart of divorce proceedings, lies an intense personal battle between spouses. Enter mediation as a growing alternative dispute... resolution mechanism aiming to preserve relationships and protect the psychological and emotional well-being of children and adults by avoiding drawn-out and combative court proceedings. In this article, we take a brief look at mediation as a go-to option for divorcing couples in South Africa.

READ MORE
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Article

Outstanding charges, body corporates and sales in execution

27 June 2024

Recently our Supreme Court of Appeal had to consider whether a purchaser was entitled to only pay for outstanding levies... of a sectional title property that was sold in an execution sale or also the other outstanding charges such as water, sewerage etc. where the terms of the execution sale only required payment of the outstanding levies. In effect, the court had to consider whether a body corporate could be forced to accept a lesser amount because of the terms of a sale in execution.

READ MORE
51
Article

Businesses, body corporates, and the right to electricity

27 June 2024

Can a business enforce its right to receive electricity if the body corporate under which that business falls fails to... pay its service fees to the municipality? 

READ MORE
48
Article

Stoners may be exempted from zero-tolerance policy

27 June 2024

With the well-known Prince-case finding that it is unconstitutional for the state to criminalise the possession, use or cultivation of... cannabis by adults for personal consumption, the perception has arisen that this freedom extends to the workplace and that it is also discriminatory and unfair to dismiss an employee that tests positive for the use of cannabis as a result of reporting for duty under the influence of drugs. In this article, we look at to what extent the Prince-freedoms have also found their way into the workplace.

READ MORE
48
Article

Trustee responsibilities have become even heavier

26 June 2024

The Trust Property Control Act 57 of 1988 (“TPCA”) provides the framework for the effective and efficient operation of a... trust. The Act confers a range of statutory duties on trustees when appointed, which duties have recently been extended by the General Laws (Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Terrorism Financing) Amendment Act 22 of 2022 (“Amendment Act”) which amended the TPCA. In this article, we unpack the duties that form part of the responsibilities which are assumed when a trustee is appointed.

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Leave to Appeal vs Special Leave to Appeal

02 May 2024

On 4 April 2024 in the matter of Savannah Country Estate Homeowners Association v Zero Plus Trading 194 (Pty) Ltd... and Others (773/2022) [2024] ZASCA 40, our Supreme Court of Appeal (“SCA”) had to address the important difference between an application for leave to appeal and an application for special leave to appeal. In this article, we analyse the SCA’s views in this regard.

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