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City ordered to compensate homeless for destruction of their possessions

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court of Appeal has ordered the City of Johannesburg to compensate 27 homeless people for unlawfully confiscating and destroying their property...

By Ohene Yaw Ampofo-Anti 8 Apr 2019

Why building plans must be updated and fully approved by the local municipality

In order for a residential property to be sold or for a bond to be acquired, South Africa's banks are increasingly insisting that the property has up-to-date building plans which have been approved by the local municipality...

4 Apr 2019

Hoërskool Driehoek tragedy: Who should take the blame and compensate victims?

When a massive concrete walkway slab collapsed at Die Hoërskool Driekoek in Vanderbijlpark, four learners lost their lives and more than 20 others were injured...

By Wihan Meintjes and Grégor Wolter 27 Mar 2019

Did De Lille stall while Bo Kaap developers scored?

A proposal to declare the Bo Kaap a heritage site sat on former mayor Patricia de Lille's desk for three years, during which time four big developments were approved, according to the Bokaap Civic and Ratepayers Association...

By Steve Kretzmann 27 Mar 2019

BetterBond extends Khaya Lam support, helping SA's poor secure title deeds

While adequate housing is a basic human right enshrined in Section 26 of South Africa's Constitution as well as Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, many households do not hold the title deeds to their homes...

22 Mar 2019

Parly adopts report on land expropriation

The Ad Hoc Committee - set up to amend Section 25 of the Constitution - has adopted a report on its work into a possible amendment to the Constitution in order for the State to expropriate land without compensation, in the public interest...

14 Mar 2019

District Six claimaints frustrated after state fails to deliver plan

District Six claimants met on Sunday, 10 March, after the Department of Rural Affairs and Community Development failed to release a much-anticipated "holistic plan" for the restitution of the neighbourhood to its former owners...

By Sebastian Moronell 12 Mar 2019

How the Rental Housing Amendment Act will affect landlords, tenants

The Rental Housing Amendment Act 35 of 2014 has been on the cards for some time, and once it is in place, landlords and tenants will have six months to comply with the new legislation. Currently, no date has been set for implementation but many experts believe it is imminent...

7 Mar 2019

The Xolobeni Conundrum: Land vs Mining Rights

Mining is one of the major contributors to South Africa's economy. In recent months, South African courts have seen a series of judgments which pronounce and set legal precedent on the question of conflict of use between mining rights and rights to land...

By Athi Jara and Bongani Memani 6 Mar 2019

Activists battle property company over right to protest

Activist groups Reclaim the City (RTC) and #UniteBehind have opposed an interdict granted in December to Growthpoint Properties...

By Tariro Washinyira 5 Mar 2019

Have your say on Problem Building By-law

The City of Cape Town aims to make a number of changes to bulk up its Problem Building By-law. The revised by-law will be available for public comment from 1 March...

1 Mar 2019

Rental Amendment Act will help eradicate blurred lines

While the looming implementation of the Rental Housing Amendment Act has sparked considerable concern, many property professionals believe that there is little or no cause for panic...

26 Feb 2019

Deemed receipt of income for property developers

In the recent case of Milnerton Estates Limited v CSARS, the Supreme Court of Appeal had to decide whether to include the purchase price in a property developer's 2013 year of assessment...

By Graeme Palmer 25 Feb 2019

Advisory panel on land reform makes progress

The ten-member expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform has its hands full with a looming deadline to submit a policy perspective to the Presidency that will drive land reform in the country...

25 Feb 2019

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