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  • KVV | A Note from Janene Marais

    KVV | A Note from Janene Marais

    “Come, little leaves,” said the wind one day, “Come o’er the meadows with me and play; Put on your dresses of red and gold, For summer is gone and the days grow cold.” By:  George Cooper The...

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  • Property Owners: Your Rates Could Quadruple for Unauthorised Land Use

    Property Owners: Your Rates Could Quadruple for Unauthorised Land Use

    “The said penalty … was imposed due to the fact that the property was being used in contradiction to its zoning” (extract from judgment below) Municipalities all have the right (and the duty) to...

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  • Beware The Badly Worded Bond Clause!

    Beware The Badly Worded Bond Clause!

    “The terms of the contract are the decisive criterion by which any potential expiry of a deadline has to be determined” (extract from the judgment below) A recent High Court decision provides yet...

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  • Don’t Just Leave Your Loved Ones Assets – Leave Them a Legacy!

    Don’t Just Leave Your Loved Ones Assets – Leave Them a Legacy!

    “A Legacy Letter is a way for you to share your values, life lessons, cherished memories, hopes for your family’s future, and anything else that is really important to you.” Estate planning is key...

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  • Workplace Harassment: The New Code in a Nutshell

    Workplace Harassment: The New Code in a Nutshell

    “The criterion that harassment involves unwanted conduct distinguishes acts of harassment from acceptable conduct in the workplace” (extract from the Code, emphasis added) With effect from 18...

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  • Website of the Month: 3 Things the Most Productive People Do Every Day

    Website of the Month: 3 Things the Most Productive People Do Every Day

    “Here’s how to expand your mind’s abilities to get more done” Boosting productivity is one of the fundamentals of success in both our personal and our professional lives. “Get more done in less...

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  • Just like that the first quarter of the year is done

    Just like that the first quarter of the year is done

    Just like that the first quarter of the year is done. It seems like just yesterday that we all sat together around Christmas trees and here we are, having celebrated Easter already. The months...

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  • Property Owner and Body Corporate Liable After Child’s Electrocution?

    Property Owner and Body Corporate Liable After Child’s Electrocution?

    A recent High Court decision saw both a sectional title unit owner and his cupboard contractor held liable for damages suffered by an 11-year-old boy electrocuted by a communal tap. The complex’s...

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  • Don’t Accidentally Disqualify Your Chosen Heirs from Inheriting!

    Don’t Accidentally Disqualify Your Chosen Heirs from Inheriting!

    “Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.” (Ambrose Bierce) Your will (“Last Will and Testament”) will always be the keystone of your estate planning, and a recent High...

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  • Exemption Clauses and Thieving Employees: Can You Sue (or Be Sued)?

    Exemption Clauses and Thieving Employees: Can You Sue (or Be Sued)?

    “Where one of the parties wishes to be absolved either wholly or partially from an obligation or liability which would or could arise at common law under a contract of the kind which the parties...

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  • What Can You Do When Someone Close to You Has No Control Over Their Spending?

    What Can You Do When Someone Close to You Has No Control Over Their Spending?

    “A prodigal is a person who, through some defect of character or will, squanders his or her assets with such abandon that he or she threatens to reduce himself or herself and/or her dependents to...

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  • Your Website of the Month: The 9 Key Points of Making a Difficult Decision

    Your Website of the Month: The 9 Key Points of Making a Difficult Decision

    “Avoiding a decision is itself a decision … probably the wrong one” Decisions, decisions – we spend our days making them, most of them minor but every now and then a really big, important one...

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  • KVV | A Note from our Director

    KVV | A Note from our Director

    Simplicity, Creativity and Practicality Some years ago, I heard a very popular story about the space race between two prominent nations, which carries a strong message of simplicity, creativity...

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  • 3 Steps to Buying Your First House

    3 Steps to Buying Your First House

    “Happiness is… buying your first home” (Anon) Few things in life can compare to the joy of finally crossing the threshold of your first home. If you are like most of us, you have been dreaming of...

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  • Fired For Moonlighting

    Fired For Moonlighting

    “She failed to disclose these obviously material activities to her employer and was therefore manifestly acting in violation of her duty of good faith to her employer.” (Extract from judgment...

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  • Effective 1 March 2022: New Earnings Threshold and National Minimum Wage

    Effective 1 March 2022: New Earnings Threshold and National Minimum Wage

    Employers and employees need to keep an eye on the annual increases in both the National Minimum Wage and the Earnings Threshold, summarised below for your convenience. Both are effective from 1...

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  • Debtor Not Paying? Consider a Liquidation Application

    Debtor Not Paying? Consider a Liquidation Application

    “When debtors once have borrowed all we have to lend, they are very apt to grow shy of their creditors’ company” (John Vanbrugh) Bad debt is a major issue for many businesses in these hard...

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  • Your Website of the Month: How to Avoid Falling Victim to a “Tinder Swindler”

    Your Website of the Month: How to Avoid Falling Victim to a “Tinder Swindler”

    “But love is blind, and lovers cannot see” (Shakespeare) Note: Please think of sharing this article with any family member, friend or colleague who might benefit from knowing which “red flags” to...

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  • How the Property Practitioners Act Affects You as a Property Seller, Buyer, Landlord or Tenant from 1 February

    How the Property Practitioners Act Affects You as a Property Seller, Buyer, Landlord or Tenant from 1 February

    “… a property is an asset to enhance economic activity, growth and development…” (extract from preamble to the Property Practitioners Act) The Property Practitioners Act (“PPA”) finally comes into...

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  • Why Life Partners Still Need Cohabitation Agreements and Wills

    Why Life Partners Still Need Cohabitation Agreements and Wills

    “Census data of 2016 reveals that approximately 3.2 million South Africans cohabit outside of marriage and that this number is increasing steadily.” (Extract from judgment below) What happens if...

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