Timber Farming and the National Water Act

– Dr John Scotcher   Prior to 1972, the establishment of large-scale state-sponsored and private afforestation was promoted to supply the increasing demand for mining and structural timber. There were no laws before 1972 that limited the expansion of plantation...

Conveyancing Fraud 2018 – 01

This week past I came across an Assistant Registrar of Deeds poring over a case in which the presiding judge had a really unpleasant things to say about the Johannesburg Registrar of Deeds. This case, I believe, will lead to changes that will be made in our deeds...

Proxi Smart 2018 – 01

Often, usually specialist, work is legally reserved to a profession or specially qualified group of persons – in order to protect the public. When it comes to conveyancing, a specialist field within a professional grouping, the factors at work are primarily that a...

Practice Review 2018 – 01

A change made by the Rules Board, provides in 46 A of the Uniform Rules of Court, that a court may set a reserve price for properties to be sold in execution of a debt judgement. This, so it is said, should be used by litigants acting on behalf of the trustees of home...

Cases Review 2018 – 03

Pensioners versus Transnet This much reported on case is more complex than it initially appears: the class action is based on an oral promise made by the general manager of the then South African Transport Services and the Minister of Transport, that certain pension...

Cases Review 2018 – 02

Conveyancers’ duty of care Two firms of attorneys were sued by the disgruntled owners of properties on which residential buildings were demolished with the intent that the property be consolidated and that a developer would construct a scheme on the whole and provide...