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“Acting as a surrogate is a selfless and generous act towards parents who cannot conceive their own child. But what about existing children of a surrogate mother and the impact surrogacy may have on them? Should this not also be considered?”
“With the troubles of load shedding exacerbating the difficulty for many to work from home, many sectional owners are considering the option of a generator to keep things going through load shedding. But can you just install a generator in your unit, or do you need permission to do so?
“With so much communication happening via WhatsApp these days, even between employee and employer, it raises the question as to whether an employee can be fired for a WhatsApp sent to his/her employer?”
With the business world seeming to move faster and faster and companies apparently only interested in increasing their profits, it can be easy to think your company only has one goal, namely to make money. But is this true? Are companies expected to live up to a higher standard, and if so, does it make business sense to do so? In this article we take a look at corporate governance practices and what this means for a company.
The recent Covid-pandemic has affected many people financially and body corporates are also regularly confronted with owners that fall behind in their levies and receive requests for reduced payments. But, can a body corporate just accommodate such requests and settle for a lower amount or write off arrear levies?
The Covid-pandemic caused a major disruption to many commercial rental properties, with lessees claiming remission of rent because of their inability to use and enjoy the rental properties. Although subject to many factors, it is common cause that lessees have been able to claim remission of rent due to Covid-19. But what is the position when it comes to a sub-lessee? Can a lessee claim for remission of rent if the sub-lessee was deprived of occupation?
Maintenance is payable in terms of a maintenance order and requires strict compliance. A number of options are available in the case of default to recover arrear maintenance, with the most effective remedy depending on the facts of each case. But will this include laying claim to the proceeds of a sale of property of the defaulter, or is this going too far?
The various types of skills training available in South Africa and the corresponding BEE recognition it provides, has become very technical, resulting in many businesses finding it difficult to decide on and implement the appropriate training programmes to achieve their desired training and BEE goals. Here we discuss and simplify the most prevalent types of training in South Africa and also address BEE recognition applicable to the different types of training.
You’ve decided to set up a company or have had a company for a while but have never gotten so far as to have a shareholders’ agreement drawn up for the company shareholders. You’ve wondered if it’s necessary or even what the point of a shareholders’ agreement is. In this article we briefly explain the purpose of these company documents and how they relate to each other.
A friend of yours has been divorced for a few years now. Her ex was supposed to pay maintenance, but it wasn’t long before he started paying less and less and then eventually stopped. Your friend was just too fearful of conflict to do anything about it and continued to raise her kids by herself. Now however, money is tight and she is wondering if there is anything she can do to get her ex to pay the maintenance he should have paid?
Quite a few long-weekends are coming up and with thousands of South Africans heading out on our roads during this period the worry about the large number of accidents on our roads is again top of mind. It also raises a quite common question of what can you claim from the RAF if you or a family member were injured or died as a result of a car accident on our roads.
You have an online store through which you sell products. Although you have taken precautions, the risk of a cyber-attack remains a concern as you hear about more and more businesses that suffer attacks. Apart from the reputational risk which could be massive, you also wonder about legal consequences when you consider the impact of data protection legislation.
Often when employers are confronted with serious misconduct by an employee, a vital part of the disciplinary process is to have other employees testify about the misconduct where they were eye witnesses and/or have knowledge of the misconduct committed. But what happens when an employee refuses to testify against another employee?
Your company is looking at to increase its BEE shareholding and you have identified a potential BEE partner. Despite being very optimistic about the partner, you have in your due diligence discovered that your potential partner – although a black person – was not born in South Africa. This raises the question of whether this partner would qualify as a BEE partner should you continue with the BEE deal?
With all the media focus lately on the new Property Practitioners Act and new regulations and requirements regarding Fidelity Fund certificates, it’s easy to miss the impact this Act intends to make on much-needed transformation of the property sector. Here we highlight a few of the key measures that will impact on transformation in the property industry.