The Pothole Plague – Claiming Damages

If you fall victim to a pothole-infested road, don’t hesitate to sue for your losses. A recent High Court victory for a motorist claiming R8.6m in damages confirms yet again that those charged with maintaining our roads can be made to pay for failing to do so. R8.6m claimed for a pothole crash A motorist…

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Rising Damp and Failed Waterproofing: How to Sue the Sellers

Consider this all-too-common scenario: You buy your dream house and happily move in. Only then do you discover that the house has major defects, which were never disclosed to you by the seller. You demand the seller pays the repair costs but the seller refuses. So off to court you go, claiming either damages or…

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In the Land of the Will, Clarity is King

When drawing up your will (“Last Will and Testament”), remember that “clarity is king”. Ambiguity is one of the cardinal sins of will-drawing because it exposes your loved ones to the risk of uncertainty, dispute, rancour, and quite possibly expensive litigation. Worse, if in the end, a court has to try and decipher what you…

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Budget 2024: Your Tax Tables and Tax Calculator

How much will you be paying in income tax, petrol and sin taxes? The unchanged transfer duty and tax tables, with a note on fiscal drag   Unchanged from last year, so taxpayers can breathe a sigh of relief that rates have not been increased as many forecasters had feared. But the other side of…

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When is Resignation a Constructive Dismissal?

Perhaps you are an employer, and that troublesome employee who you’ve been hoping would resign does exactly that. Saving you, as you see it, from the risk, hassle, and expense of disciplinary or retrenchment proceedings. But are you really home and dry? Or perhaps you are an employee, driven to resign by your employer’s constant…

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Moonlighting Without Consent is Misconduct – A Firing Offence

Up to a quarter of all middle-class South Africans are reported to “moonlight”, that is to run a part-time side hustle or side business in addition to their full-time jobs. Some, it seems, go one step further and manage to hold down two full-time jobs simultaneously. No doubt the pandemic-accelerated increase in remote working has…

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Estate Planning: Remember your Pets!

For many of us our pets are a central part of our lives, our much loved “fur babies”, our companions, exercise partners, even therapists through the hard times. But what will happen to them after we die? Or if we lose the ability to make the decisions necessary for their welfare? Unless you make specific…

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Can You Use Land Use Laws to Close Down a Neighbour’s Business?

Your neighbour’s business is driving you to distraction. Perhaps it’s loud all-night music, or an invasion of your hard-earned privacy, or illegal parking in your driveway, but regardless of what the nuisance factor is, it really is untenable. You’ve tried everything you can think of to sort it out amicably – polite requests, offers of…

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