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University of Pretoria Open Day 2013

University of Pretoria Open Day 2013

The Law Faculty of the University of Pretoria held its annual Open Day for law students on the 9th of March 2013.

During this day, law students are provided with an opportunity to interact with professionals and to discuss their career possibilities with specific focus on application requirements for appointment as candidate attorney’s at VDT Inc.

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Blacklisted? How can I clear my credit record?

Blacklisted? How can I clear my credit record?

The economic climate in South Africa is uncertain with consumers heavily affected by increasing expenses and an inordinate reliance on credit. The unfortunate result is one where businesses are forced to take judgement against the consumers in order to recover outstanding debt resulting in consumers being listed with credit bureaus, raising the question: How do I have my credit record cleared?

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What’s this meat in my hamburger?

What’s this meat in my hamburger?

The shockwaves of disbelief emanating from consumers following the recent international horse meat ‘scandal’ where horse meat was found in consumer food products have opened the eyes of many consumers to pay more attention to the content of their food products and labels. Additionally, consumers have become more concerned about what remedies are available to them should they purchase products that contain unsafe content or content which has not been fully disclosed. Fortunately, our law provides remedies which you as a consumer can exercise should you find your burger tasting more of horse than beef.

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Is your company solvent? What are a director’s responsibilities to ensure it is?

Is your company solvent? What are a director’s responsibilities to ensure it is?

We Build It (Pty) Ltd is a construction company managed and operated by its directors. The nature of the company’s business regularly requires that its construction projects be well advanced before payment for services rendered is received. With subcontractors and suppliers to be paid, the company often finds itself in a situation where its debts could potentially not be paid if payment from a major client is delayed.

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10th Annual VDT/Beeld Children’s Fund Corporate Golf Day/10de Jaarlikse VDT/Beeld Kinderfonds Korporatiewe Gholfdag

10th Annual VDT/Beeld Children’s Fund Corporate Golf Day/10de Jaarlikse VDT/Beeld Kinderfonds Korporatiewe Gholfdag

During the recent 10th annual VDT/Beeld Children’s Fund Corporate Golf day, which was held at the Pretoria Country Club, an amount of R160 000,00 was raised. As a result of such, VDT has over a period of 10 years, raised an amount in excess of R1 000 000,00 for the Beeld Children’s Fund. These funds are utilised for the basic and therapeutic needs of many homeless, orphaned and disabled children.

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Intellectual Property Rights. Relevant to the small business owner?

Intellectual Property Rights. Relevant to the small business owner?

Intellectual property is a term that has become familiar during the 20th century, but is still often associated only with big business, successful artists, writers or movie productions. Yet, the law and impact of intellectual property and the rights associated with it have developed to such an extent that ownership of intellectual property has become a valuable commodity and one that even small business owners should take care to understand and appreciate.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of suspension

The Do’s and Don’ts of suspension

Recently a well-known radio broadcaster was suspended from broadcasting for two days due to a complaint received by his network after he insensitively rebroadcasted a specific news clip. This particular form of suspension appeared punitive in nature and the radio broadcaster subsequently resumed broadcasting after the disciplinary sanction was completed. On the other hand one also frequently hears about persons being suspended subject to an ongoing investigation in what is typically a form of preventative suspension. So what is the difference and what are the do’s and don’ts of these various forms of suspension.

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Legal consequences when sequestrating an owner of land

Legal consequences when sequestrating an owner of land

Upon sequestration of a debtor’s estate, the Master of the Supreme Court will appoint a curator to collect and realise the debtor’s assets in an orderly and efficient manner in order to ensure that payment to creditors are made. From the date of sequestration all assets; movable and immovable; vests in the trustee of the estate and the insolvent debtor may under no circumstances deal with such assets.

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Regsgevolge by die sekwestrasie van ‘n eienaar van grond

Regsgevolge by die sekwestrasie van ‘n eienaar van grond

By sekwestrasie van ‘n skuldenaar se boedel stel die Meester van die Hooggeregshof ‘n kurator aan wie die skuldenaar se bates op ‘n geordende en effektiewe wyse invorder en realiseer sodat betaling van sy krediteure kan geskied. Vanaf datum van sekwestrasie vestig alle bates, roerend sowel as onroerend, in die kurator van die insolvente boedel en mag die insolvente skuldenaar geensins daarmee handel nie.

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Right of extension in a sectional title scheme: Beware of the right to cancel a sale agreement

Right of extension in a sectional title scheme: Beware of the right to cancel a sale agreement

If you are the seller of a property in a sectional title, or a property broker who has spent many hours putting a sale transaction together, the last thing you want is for the buyer to find an easy way out of the contract. If the contract of sale relating to property in a sectional title is not drawn up correctly, you may, however, find yourself in a situation where the buyer has a legal right to cancel the contract.

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Can water rights be transferred? What do our courts say?

Can water rights be transferred? What do our courts say?

Water rights are an essential commodity in the agricultural sector and a commodity with limited availability. Accordingly, the transfer of existing water rights is a critical aspect for many farmers as it affects their ability to expand and further develop their farms. Many farmers also carry the perception that in practise the transfer of water rights is only possible to persons that meet the minimum requirements for black economic empowerment, particularly as regards ownership and management.

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Deeltitelskemas: Wat is huisreëls en is dit afdwingbaar?

Deeltitelskemas: Wat is huisreëls en is dit afdwingbaar?

Wilma en André het onlangs in Sonskyn meenthuiskompleks ingetrek. Saterdagaand vier André sy verjaardag en die partytjie duur voort tot net na twaalf die aand. Maandagoggend ontvang André ‘n skrywe van die bestuursliggaam van die kompleks tot die effek dat hy ‘n R500.00 boete opgelê word aangesien die huisreëls bepaal dat stilte na 23:00 gehandhaaf moet word en dat André hierdie reël verbreek het met sy partytjie. Verstom, wonder André of hierdie boete afdwingbaar is?

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