Practice Review 2018 – 21

This week past I was again reminded of a bête noire of mine on the reading an ABSA will: the last clause comprised a standard disclaimer. In a will? To my recollection, the debate on liability leading to this, started in the early 80s when one of the big four banks...

Practice Review 2018 – 20

It’s not us it’s them: the KZN Department of Health has spent virtually its entire budget for the year on medical negligence claims – that department is reportedly facing claims to the tune of more than R17bn. The department blames unscrupulous lawyers, doctors et...

Practice Review 2018 – 19

The CEO of the RAF has said that the RAF had been insolvent since 1981… It is R9bn worth of claims in arrears each month. Yet it only receives around R3.5bn monthly from the Treasury but settles claims worth R4bn. We may not like this, but a different system...

Property Review 2018 – 20

It is easier to grasp the growth of residential buildings (by type) by looking at the picture: Reference   it appears that, on average, house price growth has stagnated. On the positive side, Ooba reports that its home loan approval rates are increasing (its yoy...

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...

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...