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Who Gets the House on Divorce?

“I am a marvellous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house” (seven-times-divorced actress Zsa Zsa Gabor) Historically 44% of South African marriages have ended in divorce, and there has reportedly been a 20% surge in new divorce applications since...

Can an Employee Who Refuses Vaccination be Fired?

“This virus is unprecedented in our lifetime and requires an unprecedented response” (António Guterres, UN Secretary-General) Most of us will celebrate the day we are offered a COVID-19 vaccination, but here in South Africa as overseas it seems inevitable that a...

Domestic Workers and Employers: The New Injury and Illness Cover Explained

“Domestic employees” are now covered under the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) and will now be entitled for compensation from the Compensation Fund in the event they are injured or contract diseases while on duty. The new benefits Note:...

Your Website of the Month: Train Your Brain to Unlock Creativity and Innovation

“Creativity is intelligence having fun” (Albert Einstein) Continually nurturing creativity and innovation in your business is not just a profit driver, for most businesses it’s a matter of survival - there is always a disruptor or two in the wings just waiting for you...

Buying and Selling Property: Nine Important Questions

“Owning a home is a keystone of wealth… both financial affluence and emotional security” (Personal Finance Expert Suze Orman) When you buy or sell your “Home Sweet Home”, particularly for the first time, the process can seem complicated, the terminology confusing, and...

Can Employees Resign to Dodge Disciplinary Hearings?

“…an employee who gives short notice in violation of the contract … may be obliged to serve out the notice period” (Quoted in the judgment below) It’s an age-old workplace dodge - threatened with a disciplinary hearing and fearing a guilty verdict, an employee resigns...

Landlords: Can You Cut Electricity to Collect Arrears or Evict?

“It is a fundamental principle that no man is allowed to take the law into his own hands” (Transvaal Supreme Court, 1906) Landlords can be sorely tempted to force defaulting tenants to settle their arrears (or to vacate the premises altogether) with a bit of instant...

New National Minimum Wage and Earnings Thresholds From 1 March 2021

(N.B. The increases highlighted below are extracted from the Employment and Labour Minister’s announcement of 9 February 2021, and emphasis has been supplied where helpful in enabling quick identification of your employment sector. Comment is in square brackets)...

Your Website of the Month: From Scenarios to Strategy – Use Business “Wind Tunneling”

Now more than ever before, scenario planning is essential for the success of your business. But of course the next step in the process is just as critical – you need to create an actual business strategy based on your scenario planning. It’s a process that can be both...

Arrest and a Criminal Record for Not Wearing a Mask?

“7,000 people have already been arrested for not wearing masks and most of them now have criminal records” (Police Minister Bheki Cele in mid-January) We all know that wearing a face mask is the right and the safe thing to do, but it is also a legal requirement – and...

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