Have you lodged your PAIA manual?  Final deadline looms!

Have you lodged your PAIA manual? Final deadline looms!

PAIA (the Promotion of Access to Information Act) requires you to prepare, lodge and publish (including on any website you have) an information manual in the prescribed format. Who must lodge a PAIA manual? Every business operation, no matter how small (the definition includes any person or partnership carrying on “any trade, business or profession”, together with any “juristic person”) must comply. If you are one of the many smaller businesses (see below to check) who benefitted from a last-minute extension of your deadline from 31 August 2005 to 31 December 2011, and then another to 31 December 2015, this…
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Buying And Selling Property:  The Bond Clause Blues, And How To Beat Them

Buying And Selling Property: The Bond Clause Blues, And How To Beat Them

“Men keep agreements when it is to the advantage of neither to break them” (Solon, Athenian lawgiver c. 638 BC - 559 BC) Here’s the story of yet another High Court battle over a disputed property sale agreement.  A fight over how to interpret the “bond clause” again highlighted how vital it is to clearly express the intentions of both the seller and the buyer in every word of the agreement. A seller gets cold feet (the facts) The seller sold a property to the buyer for R1,62m, payable on registration of transfer. The bond clause made the sale conditional…
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Write your will today! Four good reasons to do it now

Write your will today! Four good reasons to do it now

“We used to terrorize our babysitters when I was little, except for my grandfather because he used to read to us from his will” (comic Janine Ditullio) Whether you are young or old, healthy or ailing, wealthy or not-so-wealthy, married or single – you must have a will. To Will or not to Will? Dying “intestate” (i.e. without leaving a valid will) means your loved ones must deal with a whole series of legal and financial risks just when they are least able to cope with any additional trauma. Only by leaving a valid will can you protect your family…
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