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Things to know before you undertake a sectional title development

Things to know before you undertake a sectional title development

Clients often walk in and ask about the process to undertake a sectional title development, thinking it is an opportunity to develop a piece of land they have. In this article we unpack a few of the practicalities relating to establishing a sectional title development and what you should keep in mind when considering this.

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Tackling the issue: who is accountable for rugby injuries?

Tackling the issue: who is accountable for rugby injuries?

Rugby is arguably one of South Africa’s most loved sports with players participating from a young age. Despite continual improvements to the safety of the game, injuries are still a frequent phenomenon and of grave concern, particularly when incurred at a scholar level, often raising the question of who should be liable when such a rugby injury happens to a scholar.

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Neglecting employee training can be a ticking time bomb for workplace injuries – Who is liable?

Neglecting employee training can be a ticking time bomb for workplace injuries – Who is liable?

An unfortunate yet common phenomenon, is a lack of training afforded to new employees or employees placed in new positions. Business pressures and the unavailability of a manager with time to guide and properly train an employee are usually the reasons advanced to defend the lack of training. But what happens if an employee gets injured because they have not been trained properly? Can the employer be held accountable for this?

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Untangling the Knot: Exploring Maintenance Claims at the end of heterosexual life partnerships

Untangling the Knot: Exploring Maintenance Claims at the end of heterosexual life partnerships

In a recent study by Statistics South Africa, it was found that there is a declining interest in marriage with many couples electing to live together as permanent life partners rather than entering into a marriage or civil union. The question that often arises though, is whether a party to such a heterosexual relationship is entitled to claim maintenance when the relationship is terminated.

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Trustees take note! How to record your beneficial ownership structure

Trustees take note! How to record your beneficial ownership structure

In a previous article we unpacked the introduction and meaning of the new ‘beneficial owner’ definition introduced into the law of trusts by the General Laws (Anti-Money Laundering and Combatting Terrorism Financing) Amendment Act 22 of 2022 (“Amendment Act”). With these changes being effective as of 1 April 2023, trustees should be awake to the proposed process for recording and submitting your trust’s beneficial ownership information to the Master of the High Court.

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Trustees MUST now report their status! Find out why

Trustees MUST now report their status! Find out why

With major amendments to South Africa’s anti-money laundering framework scheduled to take effect from 1 April 2023 as part of Government’s strategy to remedy South Africa’s grey listing status, all trustees should take careful note of the new disclosure requirements that will apply to them.

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Settle your dispute with a settlement agreement

Settle your dispute with a settlement agreement

In dispute resolution matters, the settlement agreement has become an important tool to cut short protracted conflict and litigation and for parties to agree to a full and final settlement of their dispute. In this article, we explore in a bit more detail how and when a settlement agreement should be used to settle a dispute.

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Are you allowed to install solar panels in your sectional title unit?

Are you allowed to install solar panels in your sectional title unit?

As a result of the continuing woes of load shedding , many sectional owners are considering alternative and renewable energy solutions like solar panels to minimize the effect that load shedding has on their households. A common question, therefore, being raised by sectional owners is whether they are allowed to install solar panels at their sectional unit.

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Don’t forget about your will when getting married or divorced!

Don’t forget about your will when getting married or divorced!

In the highs of getting married or the lows of divorce, parties generally forget to think about their estate planning. This is understandable as no one wants to entertain thoughts of death and division of assets during those times! Unfortunately, such an oversight can create a mess in the event of your untimely death. The golden rule is to always, when there are material changes in your life like marriage, children, divorce and even death, revisit your estate planning and bring it up to date with the necessary changes.

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New advertising rules for crypto providers aim to protect consumers

New advertising rules for crypto providers aim to protect consumers

The continuing fascination with cryptocurrencies and the use of cryptocurrency as a legitimate payment medium and investment asset has given rise to loads of crypto providers claiming big returns. Unfortunately, many of the claims made are wildly exaggerated and fail to properly highlight the risks involved in cryptocurrencies. Such uncontrolled advertising has necessitated new advertising rules in respect of crypto advertising.

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Can you be fired if artificial intelligence can do your job?

Can you be fired if artificial intelligence can do your job?

Social media has been flooded with chatter about the chatbot phenomenon ChatGPT which seems destined to be able to, if not far better do, what humans can! So, what does this mean for employees? Can you be replaced by a bot like ChatGPT? In this article, we take a closer look at what this could mean for employees in the not-so-distant future.

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New disclosure requirements for companies. Comply or risk being deregistered!

New disclosure requirements for companies. Comply or risk being deregistered!

It is no secret that companies are used as vehicles to hide money laundering and terrorist financing activities. Internationally, this has necessitated increasing corporate disclosure requirements to apply to corporate entities. With the new Amendment Act, such disclosure requirements have now also found their way into our law to allow authorities to have a better view of who the beneficial owners are that own and control a company.

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Companies take note of new beneficial ownership reporting requirements

Companies take note of new beneficial ownership reporting requirements

You only need to watch a movie or series about drug trafficking, terrorism or even cyber hackers to associate criminal activities with the use of ‘shelf’ companies, ‘offshore’ companies or some or other form of corporate entity through which clever criminals’ squirrel away their ill-gotten gains out of sight and touch from authorities. But is this all just cliched stereotyping of the poor corporate entity form or are companies really being used and abused by criminals.

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