The right to road safety

By Prof Hennie Klopper South Africa is internationally one of the most unsafe countries for road travel (see ‘South African road deaths vs the world’ https://businesstech.co.za, accessed 952018). Fourteen thousand of its citizens (38 per day) die on its roads and as many as an estimated 524 000 persons based…

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Is it worthwhile buying a fixer-upper?

Purchasing a fixer-upper can be an extremely beneficial financial endeavour. However, only if the buyer has taken the time to do their research and followed the right procedures to ensure they are making a sound investment decision. © victor zastolskiy – 123RF.com Irrespective of the kind of property the purchaser…

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What is Tax Crime?

Tax crime is manifested in many forms. Here are some prime examples: People don’t declare income in order to not pay the tax on that income. People lie about their expenses to reduce the tax they pay. For example they may lie about their business mileage, business expenses or even…

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Property Valuation Bill 2013

30 May 2013 EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM ON THE PROPERTY VALUATION BILL 2013  BACKGROUND A central feature of the land redistribution and land restitution programme has been the acquisition of land on the basis of the ‘willing buyer willing seller (i.e. demand— driven and market —based) model, predominantly based upon the historical…

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Ekurhuleni valuation deadline extended

Ekurhuleni valuation deadline extended The deadline for inspection and lodging of objections to the valuation roll has been extended, and property owners now have until 17 May 2013, to do the aforementioned, according to the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM). The closing date of the public inspection period for the valuation…

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Reporting the estate of a deceased person

A deceased estate comes into existence when a person dies and leaves property and/or a document that is a will or is intended as a will. The estate must then be administered and distributed, either in accordance with the deceased’s will or, if the deceased did not leave a will,…

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Your rights and responsibilities as the client of an attorney

As the client of an attorney, you have the right • to professional, honest and unbiased advice at all times; • to be treated with professional courtesy, respect and fairness, regardless of your race, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability; • to privacy and attorney-client confidentiality; • to agree the type of service…

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How to buy a distressed/repo property?

How to buy a distressed/repo property? 09 Nov 2011 Now is a good time to buy distressed and repossessed properties thanks to low interest rates and available stock in the property market. A distressed property can be defined as property that is under a foreclosure order or is advertised for…

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Social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter and MXit are becoming the easiest way to prove marriages have irretrievably broken down in contested divorces.

NIVASHNI NAIR | 10 October, 2011 00:44 – Times Live A wealthy Durban doctor created a fake Facebook profile as a “hot young thing” to gather evidence against her husband in their divorce battle. A Johannesburg businessman installed cameras in the study where his wife logged on to social networking…

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Destruction of a scheme

29 September 2011 Section 48 of the Sectional Titles Act 95 of 1986 (the “Act”) provides inter alia that the owners may by unanimous resolution agree to the destruction of the building, comprising a sectional title scheme. Section 49 of the Act, furthermore, provides that where the owners may also by unanimous resolution resolve…

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Selected building statistics of the private sector as reported by local government institutions May 2011.

  The value of recorded building plans passed by larger municipalities (at current prices) increased by 5,3% (R1 250,8 million) during January to May 2011 compared with January to May 2010. The biggest increase was reported for non-residential buildings (13,6% or R708,0 million), followed by residential buildings (6,9% or R699,3…

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Clarity on the Property Rates Amendment Bill

Source: http://www.moneyweb.co.za/mw/view/mw/en/page299360?oid=547884&sn=2009+Detail&pid=299360 ALEC HOGG: It’s Tuesday July 19 2011 and in this Boardroom Talk special podcast we speak with Yunus Carrim, who’s the Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. Deputy Minister, the proposal for a hike in rates on second properties has released a firestorm. You have come…

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