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Whilst the new Sectional Title Schemes Management Act 8 of 2011 (STSMA) makes provision for a reserve fund to be established by the body corporate of a sectional scheme, the need may still arise for a special contribution to be levied. In terms of Section 21 of the Management Rules of the STSMA, a special...
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Landowners are usually aware of limitations imposed on their ownership by municipal by-laws and building codes. Before commencing any building alteration or demolition, landowners should also establish whether the structure being altered or demolished is older than 60 years. In terms of the National Heritage Resources Act, “no person may alter or demolish any structure...
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Last year, Venn Nemeth & Hart participated in the iThemba Adopt-A-Creche Programme. iThemba Projects is an non-governmental organisation that serves the Mpumuza / Sweetwaters area outside Pietermaritzburg. You can find out more about iThemba Projects at www.ithembaprojects.org.za. Our contribution was used to assist four crèches in this area with food parcels, vegetable gardens, and roof...
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 Venn Nemeth and Hart will be opening its Durban branch in August this year (2012). Hiresen Govender will head this division. More information to follow shortly.
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  You attend a seminar offered by your attorneys. At the door you are handed an ominous pack of documents and a pen. The pen explodes in your pocket and ruins your very expensive shirt – who is to blame? Before the Consumer Protection Act, you would have had some very high hurdles to jump....
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Fourteen directors, associates and spouses recently met at the Shell garage at the Athlone Circle on a particularly cold Saturday morning. We were headed for the Himeville Arms – for a hearty breakfast – and then on to the border between South Africa and Lesotho to attempt to ‘summit’ Sani Pass on foot. With considerable...
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There comes a point when a bunch of lawyers can only do so much in taking their business forward. It was for this reason that we recently appointed Geoff Hayward into the newly-created position of Group Accountant. Geoff will be focusing on administration and financial analysis, with a focus on packaging financial information so that...
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The process of reserving and registering a company’s name under the new Companies Act continues much the same as before. What has changed is the rules relating to trading names. A company may have two names – a registered name, which is registered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission and a trading name. A...
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  When an unknown number rings on my cellphone, I instantly shudder as it is almost always direct marketing from a cellphone or insurance company trying to sell me something I do not need. While I appreciate that the telemarketer is just doing a job, I do find it particularly difficult remain polite once I...
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Advance bookings typically require the payment of a deposit. In the past, these deposits were generally non-refundable if the booking was cancelled. The Consumer Protection Act provides that a supplier is permitted to ask for a deposit when an advance booking is made, and charge a cancellation fee when the booking is cancelled. The cancellation...
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