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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...

Buying a Property: Check the Seller’s Marital Status!

“…a third party is expected to do more than rely upon a bold assurance by another party regarding his or her marital status” (quoted in judgment below) If you are taking advantage of our current low interest rates and reduced selling prices to buy a property, make...

Suing a Debtor – Make Sure Your Victory Isn’t a Hollow One

“Pyrrhic victory”, n. A very costly victory, wherein the considerable losses outweigh the gain, so as to render the struggle not worth the cost (Wiktionary) With our economic woes unlikely to abate any time soon, expect an increasing number of your debtors to find...

Your Website of the Month: A Month-by-Month Personal Financial Planner for 2021

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” (Benjamin Franklin) We have all been battered by the economic fallout from the lockdowns. Now more than ever before we should pro-actively take control of and manage our finances through the crisis. A personal financial...

Building a Home in 2021: The Dangers of Not Being NHBRC Compliant

“Home, Sweet Home”  2021 is shaping up to be a busy year for both property sales and home builders, thanks in no small measure to the pandemic-induced concept of “work from home, live anywhere”. If you are one of the many landowners about to invite a team of...

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