BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME WITH A GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY

Note: If you earn over R22k p.m. (the subsidy threshold) or aren’t personally in the market for a house in the “affordable housing” bracket, please think of forwarding this article to someone who might be – perhaps a relative, friend, colleague or employee. You...

BEWARE THE BUILDING DEADLINES WHEN BUYING-TO-BUILD

Here’s yet another warning from our courts to take seriously the building deadlines commonly imposed on buyers of plots in residential estates. Failure to comply with them could expose you to heavy fines, recurring penalties and even the risk of losing your plot...

BUYING PROPERTY THIS FESTIVE SEASON? CHECK THE TITLE DEED FIRST!

“Don’t wait to buy land, buy land and wait” (Will Rogers) If you plan to buy property this Festive Season – perhaps your new dream house, or a holiday home, or an office for your business, or purely as an investment – check the title deed of the property you have your...

CREDITORS AND DEBTORS: IMPORTANT NEW PRESCRIPTION JUDGMENT

CREDITORS AND DEBTORS: IMPORTANT NEW PRESCRIPTION JUDGMENT “Running into debt isn’t so bad. It’s running into creditors that hurts” (Unknown) Debts prescribe (become uncollectable) after a specified period of time - 3 years for most run-of-the-mill debts but 30 years...

LIFE PARTNERS: BEWARE THE “COMMON LAW MARRIAGE” MYTH!

LIFE PARTNERS: BEWARE THE “COMMON LAW MARRIAGE” MYTH! “The general rule of our law is that cohabitation does not give rise to special legal consequences, no matter how long the relationship has endured” (From a 2010 High Court judgment and still applicable) One of the...

WHISTLEBLOWERS: WHAT IF YOUR DISCLOSURE IS FACTUALLY WRONG?

WHISTLEBLOWERS: WHAT IF YOUR DISCLOSURE IS FACTUALLY WRONG? For many years now the “Whistleblower’s Act” (actually the Protected Disclosures Act or “PDA”) has been providing protection to employees who report unlawful or improper conduct by their employers or fellow...

ROAD RAGE – SUE, AND REPORT IT!

ROAD RAGE – SUE, AND REPORT IT! “Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” (Comedian George Carlin) We live in stressful times, and as our roads become busier and the pressures of modern life...

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