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Practice Review 2018 – 18

What does one do when local underage marriages are prohibited, but immigrants who are so married were legally married elsewhere? Sweden is expected to pass legislation which will invalidate all underage marriages. The motivation is understood but the consequences may...

Property Review 2018 – 19

FNB has created an app which provides a quote for your current home, assists you in finding a new home and gives you pre-approved finance. Not a bad idea: Reference   FNB estimates that the percentage of sellers selling to downscale, owing to financial pressure,...

Practice Review 2018 – 17

Old style black marriages were out of community of property by default. Such marriages under the Transkei Act have been found to be unconstitutional as it discriminated against women from the former homeland. Reference   I am indebted to Paul, who drew my attention to...

Property Review 2018 – 18

The retail property sector appears to have outperformed the other property sectors over the past two or three decades, says Loos - FNB. The long-term house price index had inflated by 670% since 1996 and that of the retail property market by 877%.   IOL, publishing a...

Business Review 2018 – 17

An interesting aside on tax bracket creep, is a BankservAfrica note which says that, if inflation is considered, the average annual growth of South African salaries after tax and expenses has only been 0.5% for the past five years.   Cesa reports that the confidence...

Economy Review 2018 – 02

The mismanagement of South African finances is clear for all to see. What does hurt is the most recent BER report, which lists what might have been achieved in South Africa over the past eight years. Probably the most damning is that our GDP growth has underperformed...

Practice Review 2018 – 16

The dispute between the KZN Law Society and Varsity College over the latter’s LLB accreditation has taken a new turn: the Council on Higher Education confirmed that there is no difference in the quality standards applicable to the Varsity College degree compared to...

Property Review 2018 – 17

Conveyancing: some years ago, it became a practice requirement to refer to the 1971 Sectional Titles Act, rather than the 1986 Act in the first condition following the property description in sectional title deeds. We are now finding increasingly that our Deeds Office...

Business Review 2018 – 16

Oops! The SA Arms and Ammunition Dealers Association says that the SAP had allowed its computer program software licences to expire and has not implemented the promised electronic interface system between its firearm registry and firearm dealers. The result, so says...

Economy Review 2018 – 01

The US is said to be the largest giver of foreign assistance: this president Trump wishes to curtail when it comes to countries unfriendly to the US. Understandably, the threat of cutting off aid to countries that vote against the US at the UN’s smacks of coercion,...

Snippet 2018 – 12

Rode is probably better known for property analysis than economic forecasts: he did touch on a raw nerve when commenting on are brain drain and want of entrepreneurs. Of late I hear increasingly of the wealthier and more mobile Saffers emigrating. Whether this is so,...

Practice Review 2018 – 15

Varsity College admitted students to register for LLBs. The KZN Law Society refuses to acknowledge these degrees as it maintains that only universities may offer LLBs. A decision from our local High Court is awaited.   Mr Malema will be issuing a constitutional...

Business Review 2018 – 15

Coca-Cola is reportedly in talks with a Canadian marijuana producer to develop health-focused beverages that will ease inflammation, pain and cramping… Surely someone should be doing field tests in Margate?   Durban has been named the fifth wealthiest city in Africa...

Practice Review 2018 – 14

Have you noticed Mr Zuma offering to testify at the state capture inquiry. It would be most interesting to see if he ever makes good on this promise: it is easy to say that you have not been implicated by any of the evidence, but quite awkward when you are sitting in...

Property Review 2018 – 16

Huletts is reportedly targeting an area across the Shongweni turnoff off the N3 for a new town development to be named Ntshonweni. Take a look at this report: Reference   Rhode opines that house prices in South Africa are still high in real terms. He forecasts that,...

Business Review 2018 – 14

This week past, the COSATU policy positions for the general elections next year was published. Some of this makes for fun reading: 50% of private retirement funds must be invested in job creating projects and in SOEs; 50% tax rate for companies and deceased estates;...

Snippet 2018 – 11

FIRE: an acronym for Financial Independence Retire Early. The question is whether the daily grind/rat race is getting to you and whether, in the long run it is really worth it? Google Fire+ retire early.   The land expropriation debate is driven by irrationality and,...

Practice Review 2018 – 13

You must love what is happening at the State Capture Commission: Duduzane, Faith, Ajay – the implicated/accused, wish to cross-examine but not testify. Yes, the basic tenet of our profession holds that all are entitled to legal representation even if guilty, but I...