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Weak laws 'hinder investment in Africa'

South African listed property players are still concerned about a lack of legal structures and reliable regulations in other African countries, saying it is making investments on the continent a more difficult sell than European ones...

By Alistair Anderson 1 day ago

Banks cannot attach RDP houses to settle debt

The Department of Human Settlements says banks should not, under any circumstances, auction government subsidised RDP houses to settle any debt...

14 Jun 2017

Understanding restrictive conditions in title deeds

Restrictive conditions can cause major headaches if buyers have not familiarised themselves with the conditions listed in the title deed, before purchasing their new home...

13 Jun 2017

Body corporates need to protect funds

All sectional title schemes are obliged to have two separate funds: a day-to-day administrative fund and a reserve fund and these funds need to be protected and invested wisely to guard the viability of the property...

6 Jun 2017

KZN farmers, landowners elated after another ruling against fracking

Following a recent ruling against an application for exploration rights on more than 800,000ha in Northern KZN, farmers and landowners in the province are celebrating another fracking ruling victory, this time in the Midlands region...

25 May 2017

Permits, permission needed for boreholes

The use of boreholes to supplement, or replace, the conventional municipal supply is becoming more common, however, certain requirements that may vary from municipality to municipality...

By Chantelle Gladwin-Wood and Nonhlanhla Ndlohvu 23 May 2017

Understanding the role of the Rental Housing Tribunal

Established during 2001, the Rental Housing Tribunal (RHT) assists in resolving disputes that arise between landlords and tenants...

By Adrian Goslett 22 May 2017

Human Settlements Ombudsman appointed

The Department of Human Settlements has established an Ombudsman Office to deal with issues of conflict between contractors, provinces and municipalities, Minister Lindiwe Sisulu announced on Thursday...

18 May 2017

Dealing with blacklistings

If a prospective homeowner has not kept up to date with their credit bureau reports, they may be in for a surprise when they apply for finance...

By Adrian Goslett 10 May 2017

Insight into the Regulation of Agricultural Land Holdings Bill

The Bill is aimed at progressing land reform within the agricultural sector and will have far-reaching implications for current and future owners of agricultural land...

By Zunaid Rawoot 9 May 2017

Here's what you need to know about compliance certificates

Putting a home up for sale takes some preparation on the seller's part as they need to have all of their compliance certificates in order before taking the step of listing their home on the market...

By Adrian Goslett 8 May 2017

Property purchases: what constitutes a breach of contract

When a transfer of a property is to take place, it is through the offer to purchase (OTP) (or sale agreement), which has to be in writing that all the conditions of the sale are named and made binding...

8 May 2017

How servitude impacts property values

What is a servitude and how can it impact the value of a property?

By Adrian Goslett 5 May 2017

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International

China, Hong Kong top hubs for fake goods: Europol

China and Hong Kong are overwhelmingly the largest shipment centres for fake goods sold around the world, in a growing, complex battle against sophisticated counterfeiters, Europe's police agency said Thursday.

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Google faces record EU anti-trust fine: sources

BRUSSELS, Belgium: The EU's powerful anti-trust regulator will decide a historic case against Google in the coming weeks that could see the internet giant hit with a record fine, sources said on Friday, 16 June 2017.

3 days ago

Ridiculed Trump tweet prompts new legislation

WASHINGTON, USA: A much-lampooned - and now-deleted - tweet by President Donald Trump has spurred a serious legislative effort aimed at stopping him from erasing his many misspelled missives and other online messages.

13 Jun 2017

France fines Facebook for data protection breaches

PARIS, France: France's data protection agency said Tuesday it had fined Facebook for collecting information on users without their knowledge, following a probe of the social network in cooperation with other European regulators.

18 May 2017

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