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Minister promises to finalise District Six restitution plan in August
Minister promises to finalise District Six restitution plan in August

The minister of rural development and land reform has promised, once again, to deliver a finalised District Six redevelopment plan in three months...

By Kristine Liao 1 hour ago

Lease agreements in a volatile economic climate
Lease agreements in a volatile economic climate

As many retailers are looking to go digital and shrink their physical presence, lease agreements need to be fair and reasonable to protect both tenant and landlord in a volatile economic climate...

By Nabeela Edris 3 days ago

Have your say in Bojanala SEZ designation
Have your say in Bojanala SEZ designation

The public has 30 days in which to have their say in the designation of the Bojanala Special Economic Zone in the North West province, said the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) on Monday...

13 May 2019

Neighbouring building plans ruining your scenery? What the ConCourt has to say
Neighbouring building plans ruining your scenery? What the ConCourt has to say

On 19 February 2019, the Constitutional Court handed down its judgment in the consolidated matters of Trustees of the Simcha Trust v Da Cruz and Others and City of Cape Town v Da Cruz and Others (Simcha Trust) in which it had to decide whether there was an obligation on local authorities considering a building application, to apply the legitimate expectations test...

By Joe Whittle and Reece May 13 May 2019

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Elections will come and go, but challenges in land reform will not

While land reform features prominently in manifestos of several political parties, not much detail is being provided on how individual parties plan to improve land reform and deal with the current challenges...

By Peter Setou 7 May 2019

Land reform panel finalising its report
Land reform panel finalising its report

The Expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform is currently finalising its report for consideration by the Inter-Ministerial Committee and the Presidency...

24 Apr 2019

Residential estate income: What's tax exempt and what isn't?
Residential estate income: What's tax exempt and what isn't?

The levy income of a body corporate, share block or an association of persons, such as a home owners association (residential estate), is exempt from income tax. However, not all income received by a residential estate is exempt from tax, only levy income...

By Graeme Palmer 23 Apr 2019

City ordered to compensate homeless for destruction of their possessions
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
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?
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?
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
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
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

Shahied Ajam, the chairperson of the District Six Working Committee, addressed dozens of claimants to land in the neighbourhood. Photo: Shamiel Benjamin
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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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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Will the Budget Speech keep the promises of Sona?

President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address (Sona) theme was "Following up on our commitments. Making your Future Work Better."...

By Binganidzo Muchara 11 Feb 2019

Cape Town General Valuation 2018 Roll open for public inspection this month
Cape Town General Valuation 2018 Roll open for public inspection this month

The General Valuation 2018 Roll contains some 875,000 registered properties in Cape Town and is drawn up for the purpose of billing fair rates to each property owner...

6 Feb 2019

Court gives Hermanus occupiers till June to oppose eviction
Court gives Hermanus occupiers till June to oppose eviction

Over 200 people occupying private land in Schulphoek, Hermanus, picketed outside the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday, where eviction proceedings have been brought against them...

By Thembela Ntongana 5 Feb 2019

Determining asset ownership for litigation purposes
Determining asset ownership for litigation purposes

Determining what assets are owned by a defendant, prior to instituting legal action, is a necessary part of due diligence in litigation. Technology has revolutionised the way in which asset searches take place, resulting in time and cost savings...

Issued by LexisNexis 5 Feb 2019

7 common mistakes to avoid when cancelling a lease agreement
7 common mistakes to avoid when cancelling a lease agreement

This article deals with the seven most common mistakes made in cancelling an occupant's right to reside on the property...

By Anja van Wijk and Chantelle Gladwin-Wood 4 Feb 2019

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Why the role of homeowners' association directors shouldn't be taken lightly

To serve as a director of your homeowners' association is a role that should not be taken lightly...

1 Feb 2019

Did you hear the Legal Show free registration is open?
Did you hear the Legal Show free registration is open?

Be inspired by the latest tech solutions that are taking law firms and legal professionals by storm! Hear about top themes that are reshaping the legal profession...

Issued by Terrapinn 29 Jan 2019

Don't be a victim of title deeds scam
Don't be a victim of title deeds scam

The City of Ekurhuleni has warned residents not to fall for a scam which has emerged in the area involving title deeds...

18 Jan 2019

Rental Tribunal sends clear message to landlords: Don't treat tenants unfairly
Rental Tribunal sends clear message to landlords: Don't treat tenants unfairly

Zubeida Hendricks is 81 years old. She has lived on Goldsmith Street in Salt River, Cape Town, for 51 years. She shares the house with her son, his wife and two children...

By Wilmien Wicomb 17 Jan 2019

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