Legal Trends 2018

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Property developers will face cash flow pressure due to VAT on temporary rental of residential units

The curtains have come down on section 18B of the Value-Added Tax Act, No. 89 of 1991 (VAT Act) and the resultant impact may catch a few residential property developers off-guard...

By Chetan Vanmali, Des Kruger and Andile Miya 13 Feb 2018

Are you buying a residential property for business use? Be sure to first check your zoning rights

PJ Veldhuizen, CEO of Gillan and Veldhuizen Attorneys, warns both estate agents and buyers of the danger of not checking if a property you are buying or selling for commercial use is zoned correctly...

9 Feb 2018

Joburg property owners hope online system for objections works

Property owners in the City of Johannesburg have expressed concern about whether the newly introduced system which allows them to object to property valuations online will work...

By Penwell Dlamini 7 Feb 2018

Land - not simply for the taking

No expropriation without compensation can take place unless the Constitution is amended. Private property rights are an internationally recognised principle that is protected by international human rights instruments...

6 Feb 2018

Two in the dock for fraud, illegal land sales

The Hawks in Newcastle have arrested two suspects in Vryheid for rental fraud and illegal land sales amounting to about R4 million...

1 Feb 2018

Guide to conveyancing and notarial practice released

The Practitioners' Guide to Conveyancing and Notarial Practice is the latest new release from publisher LexisNexis Legal & Professional, a leading global provider of information and analytics...

Issued by LexisNexis 31 Jan 2018

Landlords or tenants - who has more rights?

A sentiment frequently expressed by many a frustrated landlord these days is that "tenants have all the rights"...

22 Jan 2018

On land expropriation without compensation: Be aware of the risks

NERPO has, according to reports, come out in favour of expropriation of farmland without compensation. We expect that there are other groups that will do the same over the coming weeks. However...

By Kerwin Lebone 19 Jan 2018

Why the drought levy tabled by Cape Town's mayor is unfair

Day Zero: the dreaded day when Cape Town's taps are expected to run dry has been moved forward to 22 April...

By Lee-Ann Steenkamp 18 Jan 2018

Maitland slumlord forced to fix up property

The Maitland house crammed with 52 immigrants who shared one toilet is under renovation, following action taken by the City of Cape Town...

By Tariro Washinyira 16 Jan 2018

Rent snafu to close top hotel

One of Cape Town's biggest hotels faces eviction - and only ubuntu can save it...

By Dave Chambers 15 Dec 2017

Minister Rob Davies gazettes amended AgriBEE Sector Code

Dr Rob Davies has gazetted the Amended AgriBEE Sector Code for implementation by entities in both public and private sector. Davies says that the sector code will serve as guidelines for the transformation of the agricultural sector...

12 Dec 2017

Why must I pay levies to CSOS?

Most people know of the Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS) and that levies must to paid to fund its operations, but some issues are causing confusion...

By Professor Graham Paddock 1 Dec 2017

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International

German court could open way to bans on diesel cars

FRANKFURT, Germany - One of Germany's top courts will decide on Thursday, 22 February 2018, whether some diesel vehicles can be banned from parts of cities like Stuttgart and Duesseldorf to reduce air pollution, a possible landmark judgement for the "car nation".

20 Feb 2018

Waymo, Uber end trade secrets theft trial with settlement

SAN FRANCISCO, USA - Waymo and Uber announced an agreement on Friday, 9 February 2018, in the blockbuster federal lawsuit over allegedly stolen trade secrets from the former Google self-driving car project.

12 Feb 2018

21st Century Fox/Sky takeover thrown into doubt by UK regulator

LONDON, UK: Britain's competition regulator provisionally ruled Tuesday that a planned takeover of pan-European satellite TV giant Sky by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox entertainment group was "not in the public interest".

24 Jan 2018

Tesla faces fresh Norway lawsuit over false advertising

OSLO, Norway: Nearly 80 Tesla owners in Norway have sued the US automaker over misleading advertising, saying their electric car did not deliver the promised performance, Norwegian daily Dagens Naeringsliv (DN) reported on Thursday.

12 Jan 2018

Steinhoff investors ask to join Dutch lawsuit

The Dutch Investors Association (VEB) says it has been approached by many South African-registered Steinhoff shareholders interested in participating in its class action against Steinhoff.

By Ann Crotty 12 Jan 2018

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