WHEN CAN YOU BE ARRESTED FOR TRAFFIC OFFENCES?

It’s every motorist’s nightmare – being stopped by a traffic officer, arrested, and carted off to the local police cells.  Where you will likely languish (very, very unhappily by all accounts) until you are given “police bail”, or (in due course) taken to your first...

EVICTING YOUR TROUBLESOME TENANT: MORE PROBLEMS WITH PIE

“The effect of PIE is not and should not be to effectively expropriate the rights of the landowner in favour of unlawful occupiers.  The landowner retains the protection against arbitrary deprivation of property.  Properly applied, PIE should serve merely to delay or...

TRUSTS: NEW DIRECTIVE ON INDEPENDENT TRUSTEES

If you plan to form a trust, you need to know about a new directive from the Chief Master of the High Court to all Master’s Offices in the country. The directive applies to all new trusts (those “registered for the first time”) by the Master. Following a series of...

IS YOUR DOMAIN NAME AT RISK FROM “DROP CATCHING”?

Can you afford to lose your domain name?  What happens to your business if your website and emails suddenly go down because you’ve lost it?  For many businesses, that would be a disaster.  For some, it could spell financial ruin, especially if the new owner wants...

YOUR PROPERTY SALE AGREEMENT: BE CAREFUL HOW IT’S WORDED!

“In war and litigation, both sides suffer” (old Roman proverb) Here’s yet another reminder from our courts on how important it is – if you want to avoid the trials of litigation - for you to have your property sale agreement drawn up professionally.  One thing it must...

FIGHTING THE FLU WITH FOOD

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” (‘Father of Modern Medicine’ Hippocrates in about 400 BC) Don’t let colds and the flu knock you for a six this winter.  Particularly if you run your own small business, every day in a sick bed is a day of...

WILL YOUR ANC PROTECT TRUST ASSETS ON DIVORCE?

A recent Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) decision illustrates once again how essential it is, before getting married, to have your lawyer structure your antenuptial contract (ANC) correctly, and with as much detail as is needed for certainty. A multi-million Rand fight...

STARTING A BUSINESS? THE BUSINESS TRUST OPTION

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started” (Mark Twain) That’s great advice from Mark Twain, so if you are sure that you are cut out for the exciting, hurly-burly life of an entrepreneur, and if you have a viable business concept, take advice now on how to get...

DAGGA – ARREST RISK REMAINS

There’s still a lot of confusion as to whether dagga (cannabis) remains an illegal drug in South Africa, fuelled in part by conflicting media reports. Here’s where we stand – It remains in general illegal to cultivate, possess, supply or use cannabis “without the...

WHAT IS AN OCCUPANCY CERTIFICATE? WHY DO YOU NEED IT?

“Cheops' Law: Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget” (Robert A. Heinlein) Hopefully you won’t have to wait 20 years for your new dream home to be built - that’s how long Cheops (ancient Egyptian pharaoh) had to hang around twiddling his thumbs whilst...

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