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The Legal Advice Office offers affordable Legal Advice as well as Legal and Paralegal Services throughout South Africa.

Our legal advice and services are based on 40 years of experience in the professional legal field.  As a purely internet based legal consultancy business, we pride ourselves in personal, professional and efficient service at affordable rates and undertake to revert to our clients within 48 hours of their query being received by us.

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We get asked both telephonically and by e-mail a number of questions on Labour Law which come up time and time again and so we thought we would just answer certain of these questions in this short blog so that the answers are there for all to see.

In the matter of Mashinini v Barrel & Beef restaurant, CCMA Arbitration FS1420 the question of whether a dismissal was fair or not was the issue in the Arbitration Hearing.

We had an interesting scenario and query raised with us last week.

It was an inquiry from an employer whose employee had helped himself to money that was due to him.

 e sign morgage

An electronic agreement for the purchase of a house is not currently valid in our law.

We get many varied emails and queries from people all over the country on a daily basis.

Some are straightforward; others really interesting.

At The Legal Advice Office; we received the following query last week

 “I am in the process of purchasing a house in Pretoria, but live in Bloemfontein.

I recently bought my motor vehicle by merely signing certain online documentation electronically, and it was so quick and easy to complete. I asked the estate agent in Pretoria who is acting for the seller if I can use the same technology to purchase the house, but she said that the contract won’t be valid if I sign it electronically. Is this true? Please, could you advise me?”

water bill faulty

If the meter is defective then it is the responsibility of the municipality to not only repair it they would also be liable for the cost of the wasted water.

 Here is the gist of an email inquiry we received last week:

 “Hugh; thank you for taking my earlier call. I live in Newlands in Cape Town and as you know we have severe water restrictions. I’ve really tried to cut down on my water consumption and over the last year, it‘s been very low. However, over the past 4 months my municipal water accounts suddenly more than tripled. Knowing this cannot be right I queried my accounts with the municipality. They said the consumption was correct according to my water meter and I must pay or my water would be cut off. The only explanation I have is that the water meter is not working correctly; but whose responsibility is it to verify this and whose responsibility is the excess water usage if it is defective?”

municipal debt unconstitutional

Does a seller’s historical Municipal debt “travel” with the property into the hands of the purchaser?

An important judgment was handed down by the Constitutional Court on the 29th August 2017 in the matter between Chantelle Jordaan and Others versus the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality and Others under case numbers: CCT 283/16; 293/16 and 294/16.

This judgment should be noted by all property owners, estate agents, conveyancers and local authorities.

 landgrabbing

What is Land Reform?

A few weeks ago in March 2018; we did two blogs on the topic of Expropriation without Compensation. What is the background to this issue?”  In those first two blogs, we concentrated on our interpretation of section 25 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

Today we received this inquiry: “Could you please explain to me the background to the concept of Expropriation without compensation so that I can better understand the subject?”

This blog, therefore, explains what expropriation is in terms of South African Law, with reference to the current political environment and a focus on the present dispensation’s renewed vigour to speed up and enhance land redistribution and amend the Constitution to permit expropriation without compensation.

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A fixture is a moveable item that becomes a part of the immovable property by virtue of attachment.

Yesterday; we had an inquiry from someone who wanted to know the answer to the above question.

Can he?

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Legal Advice Office

South Africa

Kandelaar Street, Vermont, Hermanus
Phone: +27 (028) 316 2832
Email: info@legaladviceoffice.co.za

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