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Heritage Western Cape slams River Club development plan
Heritage Western Cape slams River Club development plan

Heritage Western Cape has slammed the study on which the developers based their proposed R4bn property development at the River Club in Observatory, Cape Town...

By Steve Kretzmann 20 Feb 2020

How SPLUMA will affect sellers
How SPLUMA will affect sellers

According to new legislation, all municipalities will have to be compliant with the SPLUMA (Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act) by October 2020...

By Oliver Moorcroft 19 Feb 2020

The politics behind South Africa's property clause amendment
The politics behind South Africa's property clause amendment

It is hard to comment on a draft constitutional amendment that is apparently not in its final form...

By Theunis Roux 18 Feb 2020

Ante-nuptial contracts: The fine print of love
Ante-nuptial contracts: The fine print of love

The month of February is synonymous with romance and roses as Valentine's Day takes centre stage once again. Often, in this heady state of love and romance, newly engaged couples shy away from discussing how exactly their finances and assets will be managed to their detriment...

By Nayna Cara 14 Feb 2020

Residents to take municipality to court over water meters
Residents to take municipality to court over water meters

A group of Witzenberg residents are locked in a fight with the municipality over the installation of water management devices on their properties...

By Barbara Maregele 12 Feb 2020

Constitution Amendment Bill submissions extended
Constitution Amendment Bill submissions extended

The Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution has extended the deadline for written submissions on the Draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill...

31 Jan 2020

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Deadline to comment on land reform approaches

Interested parties have until Friday to comment on legislation amending Section 25 of the Constitution...

29 Jan 2020

West Coast property owners could be ordered to demolish their houses
West Coast property owners could be ordered to demolish their houses

Five Elands Bay beach property owners have been served warning notices by the Western Cape's environmental authorities for allegedly illegally building houses and other structures within the protected coastal zone...

By John Yeld 29 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Mining - the future in 2020: An optimistic forecast
#BizTrends2020: Mining - the future in 2020: An optimistic forecast

Mining remains one of the major contributors to the South African economy. In 2019, the mining industry saw a number of exciting developments. More interesting developments lie ahead...

By Athi Jara 6 Jan 2020

Huge West Coast wind project generates strongly opposing views
Huge West Coast wind project generates strongly opposing views

The government is due to announce its decision on a massive new wind energy project on the West Coast within the next two weeks...

By John Yeld 18 Dec 2019

60 recommendations on land reform recommended
60 recommendations on land reform recommended

Cabinet has since endorsed 60 of the recommendations of the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture...

18 Dec 2019

#BestofBiz 2019: Legal
#BestofBiz 2019: Legal

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views. Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Legal site over the past year below...

17 Dec 2019

New CT municipal bylaw amendment good news for landlords, agents
New CT municipal bylaw amendment good news for landlords, agents

Once promulgated in the Provincial Gazette, new municipal bylaw amendments by the City of Cape Town will allow "short-term letting from a house or flat for a period not exceeding 30 consecutive days for the same guest"...

13 Dec 2019

Unpacking the Property Practitioners Bill
Unpacking the Property Practitioners Bill

The Property Practitioners Bill has now been signed into law by the President but it is not yet known when the Act will come into operation...

By Simphiwe Maphumulo 11 Dec 2019

Join the modern workplace with Microsoft Office 365 and Tarsus on Demand
Join the modern workplace with Microsoft Office 365 and Tarsus on Demand

Is tiresome admin pulling you away from business growth? Is client communication taking up too much of your time? This single software suite can help you automate your administrative tasks and communication to claim back your lost time...

Issued by Microsoft 2 Dec 2019

Decision on disputed Sea Point property expected in 2020
Decision on disputed Sea Point property expected in 2020

The long-awaited Tafelberg case ended on Friday, 29 November, after five days in the Western Cape High Court...

By Madison Yauger 2 Dec 2019

School promises some affordable housing on Tafelberg site
School promises some affordable housing on Tafelberg site

If the Phyllis Jowell Jewish Day School acquires the Tafelberg site, 40 affordable housing units will be built on the property as well as a school...

By Madison Yauger 29 Nov 2019

Judges question province's argument in Tafelberg case
Judges question province's argument in Tafelberg case

Judges in the Tafelberg case questioned arguments by the Western Cape government on Wednesday, 27 November, about the decision to sell the valuable property to a private school instead of building social housing on the site...

By Madison Yauger 28 Nov 2019

Confronting the City of Cape Town's PHA "myths"
Confronting the City of Cape Town's PHA "myths"

All of advocate Paschke's asserted "myths" are rebuttable, but the following ones in particular reveal fundamental misconceptions regarding the essence of the PHA Campaign's arguments...

By Christian Alexander 19 Nov 2019

Dealing with levy defaulters in a lawful way
Dealing with levy defaulters in a lawful way

One of the most frustrating tasks some trustees and managing agents have to tackle, is the situation where the body corporate finds itself in financial difficulty as a direct result of some of its members failing, and/or refusing to pay their contributions (commonly referred to as 'levies')...

By Ané de Klerk 11 Nov 2019

Deconstructing the Housing Consumer Protection Draft Bill
Deconstructing the Housing Consumer Protection Draft Bill

In terms of Government Gazette dated 30 August 2019, the Minister for Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation published the Housing Consumer Protection Draft Bill, 2019 which, if promulgated, will repeal the existing Housing Consumer Protection Measures Act No 95 of 1998...

By Simphiwe Maphumulo 7 Nov 2019

Cape Town Municipal Planning By-laws approved
Cape Town Municipal Planning By-laws approved

The City of Cape Town's Council approved amendments to the Municipal Planning By-law (MPBL) yesterday, 31 October 2019. Once promulgated, the amendments will, among others, allow for controlled densification, short-term letting from flats, and minor freestanding and minor rooftop cell masts, either as of right or as a consent use...

1 Nov 2019

City of Cape Town approves R14bn Foreshore development despite objections
City of Cape Town approves R14bn Foreshore development despite objections

The Harbour Arch development, which will be the largest of its kind in the Cape Town city centre, was approved by the Municipal Planning Tribunal on Thursday, 24 October...

By Aisha Abdool Karim 25 Oct 2019

Understanding the nitty gritty of owning heritage properties
Understanding the nitty gritty of owning heritage properties

South Africa's oldest city, Cape Town, is rich in architectural heritage and preserving the integrity of its historical buildings for future generations is vital...

21 Oct 2019

Philippi land to be sold is not useful for farming, court told
Philippi land to be sold is not useful for farming, court told

Farm workers packed the back rows of the courtroom on the second day of the campaign by Philippi farmers against the City of Cape Town and the MEC for Local Development, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning...

By Madison Yauger 17 Oct 2019

Philippi farmers challenge City on development of agricultural land
Philippi farmers challenge City on development of agricultural land

Farmers and workers held posters and sang on the steps of the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday. They were protesting against plans to rezone part of the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) in Cape Town for development...

By Madison Yauger 16 Oct 2019

Passing cost increases onto tenants - can/should it be done?
Passing cost increases onto tenants - can/should it be done?

Landlords can incur cost increases as a result of municipality property valuations escalating rates, rising insurance premiums, or as levies increase on sectional title property...

7 Oct 2019

New legislation to impact property and entertainment industries
New legislation to impact property and entertainment industries

President Ramaphosa has signed various Bills into law that will enable property deeds to be processed electronically; enhance the ease of business in the real estate industry and brings online games, films and publications into the ambit of the Film and Publication Board...

2 Oct 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Oct 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019
Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 27 Sep 2019

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