Just dismissal – Unpacking employment law in South Africa

Fair and just dismissal When considering disciplinary action that may lead to an employee’s dismissal, an employer must wrestle with questions of both fairness and “just reasons” to successfully exercise his/her authority over that employee. Employers are viewed as having more bargaining power than employees and so the law places …

LOUWRENS COETZER CELEBRATES 33 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE IN LAW

Louwrens Coetzer Attorneys is a Family-owned practice that has been in business for 33 years. Our Lawyers have a combined working experience of more than 50 years! Practice areas include: Conveyancing the transfer of legal title of property from one person to another, or the granting of an encumbrance such …

Overlooked? What are grandparent’s rights and responsibilities after a death or divorce?

When couples with children divorce, there is understandably a focus on the arrangements made for the children. A lot of time and effort is spent ensuring a fair division of care and contact between the parents. Unfortunately, the rights of grandparents are often overlooked. Despite being intimately involved in their grandchildren’s lives and upbringing and often …

Sectional Titles and the POPI Act – what you need to know

Community housing schemes should have compliant record-keeping systems, including those of their managing agents, in accordance with the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act. It is also important for owners and occupiers in Sectional Title schemes and gated developments run by Home Owners’ Associations (HOAs) to understand that the Act …

New Property Practitioners Act provides better protection for all

By Peter Mennen, Head of Legal at TPN Credit Bureau The new Property Practitioners Act (PPA), which came into effect on 1 February 2022, has been designed for increased support and regularisation of the sales and rental industries and other immovable property professions. Through updated processes, better clarity and new administrative …

Signed, sealed but not delivered – Can a seller unilaterally remove fixtures from a property upon moving out?

  Excitement is running high as you have just signed an offer to purchase your dream house. Perhaps it was the quirky water feature that caught your eye as you walked through the lush, well-kept garden or maybe the thought of spending long summer afternoons under the pergola. Whichever it …

How marriage contracts affect homeownership

  There are several martial systems recognized by the South African Deed Offices, each of which will influence the property transactions in different ways. Understanding this can help homeowners make good investment decisions upfront. “Buying a home as a married couple can be an exciting step in the couple’s life …