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‘Remote’ commissioning?

24 July 2024

In a world where physical separation is becoming increasingly irrelevant thanks to technological advancements, one may wonder to what extent... the law has followed suit. With legal documents needing to be commissioned, the question arises whether this can be done remotely by way of virtual conferencing. Well, like any good lawyer would say, “It depends!”

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When medical certificates raise a red flag

24 July 2024

The submission of medical certificates by employees to support their requests for sick leave is a common employment phenomenon. Employers... often grapple with how to handle medical certificates they suspect are irregularly issued by a medical practitioner, particularly when the medical practitioner is notorious for 'selling' such certificates. 

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Must you pay the estate agent if there is no agreement?

24 July 2024

When buying or selling a property, estate agents play a crucial role in facilitating the process. But what happens when... there is no explicit agreement regarding the estate agent's commission? Is it still payable?

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Deregistration looms for non-compliant companies

24 July 2024

The recent ruling of Goosen v Minister of Trade and Industry and Others (EL 639/2024) [2024] ZAECELLC 28 highlights the... critical duty companies have to file annual returns with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) and the significance of the procedures companies must follow to reinstate a deregistered company. 

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Unlocking a hidden gem in the Income Tax Act

23 July 2024

Hidden gems in the form of tax deductions do exist in the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 (“ITA”). With... escalating taxes, any hidden tax breaks are always welcomed by taxpayers. One such gem is buried in section 24O of the ITA. In this article we share the opportunities section 24O holds by focusing on its use and application to those acquiring equity shares.

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The rising tide of business email compromise

23 July 2024

Cybercrime is on the rise and is fast becoming one of the most noteworthy threats of the modern age. Perpetrators... of cybercrime are located all over the world and can swiftly facilitate cybercrime between jurisdictions. Developing countries such as South Africa are also more vulnerable to cybercrime, especially with the rapid spread of technology and the internet across the African continent, creating a new and vulnerable target base for cyber criminals.

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Lighting up fire danger ratings

23 July 2024

Fire danger ratings are often displayed on weather news, and in our South African winter where wildfires can often run... rampant, it is of particular importance to take note of these fire danger ratings. This article explores the necessary precautionary steps to take in response to these fire danger ratings. 

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Mediation – a go-to option for divorcing couples

27 June 2024

At the heart of divorce proceedings, lies an intense personal battle between spouses. Enter mediation as a growing alternative dispute... resolution mechanism aiming to preserve relationships and protect the psychological and emotional well-being of children and adults by avoiding drawn-out and combative court proceedings. In this article, we take a brief look at mediation as a go-to option for divorcing couples in South Africa.

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Outstanding charges, body corporates and sales in execution

27 June 2024

Recently our Supreme Court of Appeal had to consider whether a purchaser was entitled to only pay for outstanding levies... of a sectional title property that was sold in an execution sale or also the other outstanding charges such as water, sewerage etc. where the terms of the execution sale only required payment of the outstanding levies. In effect, the court had to consider whether a body corporate could be forced to accept a lesser amount because of the terms of a sale in execution.

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