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Lockdown: Separated parents allowed to move kids between houses – new regulations

Separated parents are now allowed to move their children between houses during the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, provided they meet certain legal requirements. While government had previously been unclear about the issue, new regulations regarding the matter were gazetted on Tuesday. Separated or divorced parents who want to move their children between them during the …

Stop evictions during Covid-19 lockdown – Lindiwe Sisulu

Human settlements, water and sanitation minister Lindiwe Sisulu has asked municipalities to halt the eviction of citizens during the 21-day national lockdown. In a statement on Thursday, Sisulu appealed to both municipalities and private property owners to stop evictions. SA is on day seven of the 21-day lockdown, which was …

It’s official, no movement of children during lockdown. Unless…

What are the exceptions to the lockdown directives? Under the current lockdown directives, no child is allowed to be moved between parental homes, and must instead stay at the home of the primary caregiver, or the caregiver who can offer the best circumstances during the lockdown, for the duration.  Section …

‘Fake news’: Department rubbishes letter claiming landlords can’t collect rent from tenants

The health department has dismissed claims that Health Minister Zweli Mkhize had barred landlords from collecting rent money from their tenants for the next 90 days. The letter, with the department’s letterhead, made the rounds on social media. It claimed that the health minister had gazetted the regulations to deal …

Divorce on the rise due to lockdown: Experts share tips on how to keep the spark alive

Couple arguing. Only about six in 10 South African marriages get to celebrate a 10th anniversary and women are most likely to file for divorce and end the union. This is according to a 2018 statistical report on marriages and divorces by Statistics SA released this week, which found that about four …

SA lockdown | Covid-19 funding measures put in place to buffer battered economy

South Africa will be under 21 days of lockdown from midnight on Thursday – with businesses in for a rough time as measures to break the spread of Covid-19 get serious.  On Monday evening President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation detailing South Africa’s next step in its action plan to curb the …

What lockdown means for tenants and landlords

For all your landlord/tenant issues please get in touch with us (Gauteng Area) Tel: 011 740 2326/7Fax: 0866 708 326Email: info@louwrenscoetzer.co.za 27 Mar 2020 South Africa is facing a major change in daily routine as President Cyril Ramaphosa has issued a 21-day lockdown in order to stem the COVID-19 pandemic – effective …

Beware of touts in South African hospitals: What to watch out for

Increasingly, members of the public are approached by touts in South African hospitals. You’re at your most fragile after you or a family member has been injured in an accident. What you need at this time is the support of loved ones and trusted medical professionals. What you don’t need …

Essential reference to property law updated

Significant changes to South African property legislation make it necessary for legal practitioners specialising in this aspect of law to have access to the most up-to-date resources. Acknowledged by legal practitioners, academics and students as an authoritative one-stop publication, the 6th Edition of Silberberg & Schoeman’s: The Law of Property …

What land expropriation without compensation will mean for homeowners in South Africa

Members of parliament met last week to discuss the long-awaited draft bill on land expropriation without compensation. With the draft bill set to be published for public comment in the coming weeks, there has been some fear-mongering on social media platforms suggesting that the proposed law will lead to Zimbabwe-like …