COVID-19: can I stop paying my rent?

To curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic only essential services such as grocery stores, medical facilities, pharmacies, fuel stations and banks can operate during the lockdown. BIG BUSINESS The Covid-19 lockdown is forcing more retailers into a position where they cannot afford to pay their rentals, which adds to the pressures being experienced by retail landlords.… Continue Reading

Urgent access to courts during the lockdown

Urgent access to courts during the lockdown

Because of the Covid-19 crisis, access to our courts is limited to urgent and essential matters only. Divorced and separated parents may be feeling desperate, angry and frustrated about losing their contact to their children during the lockdown. Whilst parents cannot lawfully break the curfew and move children from one home to another in terms of a parenting plan/court order/agreement, there… Continue Reading

Employers and Covid-19 in South Africa

As we enter the National 21-Day lockdown, business owners are understandably confused and concerned about its economic consequences. Will their businesses go belly up and what happens to employees, if they can’t afford to keep them on or pay them? Although a business owner would never want to dismiss, retrench or short time its employees,… Continue Reading

Some RICA provisions found to be unconstitutional

Some RICA provisions found to be unconstitutional

In the recent Pretoria High Court case of AMABHUNGANE CENTRE FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM NPC Judge Sutherland had to consider two discrete questions:-  ·         The first is a challenge to the constitutionality of several provisions of the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication Related Information Act 70 of 2002 (RICA) which statute permits… Continue Reading

How does a Body Corporate deal with pet problems in sectional title schemes?

How does a Body Corporate deal with pet problems in sectional title schemes?

Prescribed Conduct Rule (“PCR”) 1 deals with the keeping of pets, and states: Keeping of animals, reptiles and birds:  (1) The owner or occupier of a section must not, without the trustees’ written consent, which must not be unreasonably withheld, keep an animal, reptile or bird in a section or on the common property. (2)… Continue Reading

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