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April 30, 2019

The Cannabis Judgment: Is it legal now?

Cannabis has historically been criminalised in South Africa. It has, until recently, been a criminal offence to possess, cultivate or use cannabis. However, this position has […]
April 30, 2019

The Cybercrimes Bill: Malicious messaging over social media could send you to jail

South Africans will soon have to be much more careful and think twice about the messages they send over WhatsApp and other social media platforms, as […]
April 30, 2019

Choosing guardians for your minor children

My husband and I have two minor children. I am concerned about who will look after our children in the event of my husband and I […]
April 30, 2019

Tips for renting out your property

Regardless of whether the property you are renting out is a studio apartment, a cottage at the back of the garden or an entire estate, the […]
April 16, 2019

Private schools in South Africa are not above the law

Private schools in South Africa are essentially autonomous in how they govern and operate.  But does this entitle private schools to operate to such an extent […]
April 16, 2019

Drones: How is it regulated?

Drones, also sometimes referred to as Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, are becoming increasingly popular amongst the civilian population. This is due to the fact that it […]
April 16, 2019

Adoption procedures and the court

The legal definition of adoption is the legal performance of permanently placing a child with a parent or a couple other than the child’s biological parents. […]
April 16, 2019

Considering formal bail applications

The granting of bail is in the nature of a contract in terms of which the state commits itself to the accused’s continued interim freedom once […]
March 8, 2019

Paternity leave for men

From January 2019, working South African men are entitled to 10 days of paternity leave after the birth of their child. The Labour Amendment Act also […]
March 8, 2019

Trustees’ duties and powers

All the powers of a trustee are ‘fiduciary’, which means that they must be exercised as follows: in the best interests of all the beneficiaries; only […]
March 8, 2019

Electronic signing of documentation

The commercial world is currently moving to greater levels of digitisation. Organisations are implementing automated and electronic solutions in an effort to improve efficiency and better […]
March 8, 2019

Retention of company records

The Companies Act 71 of 2008 (“Companies Act”) addresses various aspects not adequately dealt with in the old Companies Act 61 of 1973, including the use […]
December 11, 2018

Understanding the functions of the CCMA

I have a dispute which has been referred to the CCMA. How does the process work? The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (“CCMA”) is a […]
December 11, 2018

A promoter’s legal compliance checklist

The CPA replaced the repealed Lotteries Act 57 of 1997 and became effective on 1 April 2011. Section 36 of the CPA imposed the stringent definitions […]
December 11, 2018

The termination of joint ownership

Nature of joint ownership: Joint owners own undivided shares in the property which they own jointly. Consequently, the joint owners cannot divide the joint property while […]
December 11, 2018

What are the limitations in respect of the deductions on my salary?

A client poses a question to their attorney: My employment contract makes provision for deductions from my salary and now my employer wants to deduct money. […]
September 28, 2018

Does it feel like you are drowning in property debt? In need of rescue?

EasySell by Standard Bank could be the lifeline you are looking for. Are you a home owner with an existing bond, but in financial distress and […]
August 7, 2018

Properly executing a will is extremely important

I gave instructions to my attorney to prepare a last will and testament for me as my will no longer reflected my wishes. At my request, […]
August 7, 2018

Does South Africa have a public retirement insurance scheme?

My husband’s employer made provision for an occupational retirement vehicle, but my employer refuses to do so. Is there any possible recourse for me in this […]
August 7, 2018

The difficulties in relocating a child of divorced parents

I have divorced my husband and I am now the primary caregiver of our minor child. I received a job offer in another country and I […]