15th Jan 2020

Know why it is important to have your Employment Contracts in writing?

The importance of a written Employment Contract   It is important that the status of an employee be established from the beginning of the employment relationship – permanent, fixed term, temporary, and so on. Section 129 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (“BCEA”) provides for certain written particulars of employment to be provided as a minimum, and every employer is legally obliged to provide all employees with these minimum particulars in writing not later than the first day of employment.   This minimum requirement, however, is not sufficient. Employers […]
2nd Dec 2019
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After your property transfer registers, how do you deal with your municipal account?

Steps to take at the Municipality when your property transfer registers.   So you’ve received the exciting news that your property transfer has registered, but now you have to figure out the municipal account change-over. It’s not that complicated if you know what to expect and what steps to take. This article looks at the process in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. It is important to remember that each municipality may work differently and this process may change from time to time.   When you have purchased a property and […]
26th Nov 2019
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Animals and the Law

ANIMALS AND THE LAW Animal cruelty is rife in our country and is exacerbated by factors such as economic hardship, a lack of funding, inappropriate laws protecting our animals and insufficient law enforcement mechanisms. The National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (the NSPCA) is a statutory body established with the purpose of preventing the ill-treatment of animals. The Animals Protection Act, enacted in 1962 (the Act) and last amended more than 20 years ago, lists numerous offences in relation to animals. Offences include the ill-treatment […]
6th Nov 2019
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5 Q&A’s on Termination of Fixed Term Agreements

5 QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU BETTER UNDERSTAND EARLY TERMINATION OF FIXED TERM AGREEMENTS AND THE PENALTIES INVOLVED   The legislation that governs fixed term agreements is the Consumer Protection Act, 68 of 2008 (the “CPA“), which must be read together with the Consumer Protection Regulations (“the Regulations“). The specific section concerning fixed term agreements is section 14 of the CPA, which you can access by following this link https://www.gov.za/sites/default/files/32186_467.pdf.   This article aims to provide some clarity on the legal position relating to the early termination of fixed term agreements […]
31st Oct 2019
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Formalities for a Valid Will

Do you have a valid will? It is vital to make sure that you have a valid will. Sometimes people choose to draw up their own will or they feel the need to put a will in place in a hurry and don’t have time to get to a professional. If you are in this position, it is important to ensure that your DIY will meets all of the requirements set out in the Wills Act for a valid will. If your will does not meet the required formalities, your will […]