Muslim Marriages in South Africa – What you need to know

MUSLIM MARRIAGES IN SOUTH AFRICA – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Section 9 of the Bill of Rights in the Constitution provides that everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and benefit of the law. They should also not be discriminated against, directly or indirectly, based on race, gender, […]

12 Questions to Ask Before You Sign That Deed of Sale

12 Questions to Ask Before You Sign That Deed of Sale

“Knowledge is power” (old proverb) Whether you are buying or selling property, remember that it is too late to ask questions after you sign the Deed of Sale (often called a “Sale Agreement” or “Offer to Purchase”). “Knowledge is power” rings particularly true when it comes to any form of process with significant legal consequences, so here […]

Directors – When Are They Personally Liable?

Directors – When Are They Personally Liable?

“… for the benefit of immunity from liability for its debts, those running the corporation may not use its formal identity to incur obligations recklessly, grossly negligently or fraudulently. If they do, they risk being made personally liable.” (Quoted in the judgment below) Particularly in hard times, it is not at all uncommon to find […]

The Trouble with Family Loans: A R540,000 Lesson

The Trouble with Family Loans: A R540,000 Lesson

“How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!” (Shakespeare) “Family helps family in times of need” – that’s been part of human culture since long before the dawn of history but be sure to observe all legal formalities. A recent High Court decision provides an excellent example of the risks […]

Supreme Court of Appeal returns to In-Person Hearings from 1 May 2022

The President of the Supreme Court of Appeal has issued new directives pertaining to in-person hearings. All previous directives issued since March 2020 and comes into force on 1 May 2022. Virtual hearings are no longer the default position as the court will return to in-person hearings, in open court, from 1 May 2022. Click […]

No Vac No Job

Can an employer dismiss an employee for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine based on a work place policy? Following the latest directives of the Consolidated Directions on Occupational Health and Safety Measures in Certain Workplaces under the Disaster Management Act No.57 of 2002 in South Africa (“Directions”), which has endorsed an employer’s right to […]

Divorce: Claiming Interim Maintenance and a Contribution to Legal Costs

Even if your marriage is collapsing around you, you might be afraid to sue for divorce because you have no money to survive on, plus you know that a hotly contested divorce might take years to finalise while your breadwinner spouse fights you tooth and nail every step of the way. How will you support […]

High Court Update – Default Judgements at the Bloemfontein High Court

The Judge President of the Free State High Court, Bloemfontein, issued a practice directive, effective immediately, relating to applications for default judgment pertaining to the National Credit Act. Click here to access the directive as issued by the Registrar of the High Court Facebook

Cannabis Law Update – Application Process for Hemp Permits in South Africa

Hemp has been declared as an agricultural crop under the Plant Improvement Act of 1976. It contains a low amount of THC and as such, the declaration of hemp as an agricultural crop now allows for the importation, exportation, cultivation, sale and research of hemp in South Africa however, it is now regulated under the […]

Adjusted Level 1 Regulations

South Africa has now been placed under the Adjusted level 1 lockdown regulations The changes come into effect from 00:00 on 1 October 2021 Please note that there is a nationwide curfew from 12pm to 4pm Mask wearing is Mandatory Wearing a cloth mask or similar covering the nose and mouth is mandatory in public Any person […]