Challenging a Signed Contract based on Prior Verbal Discussions

A signed contract is presumed to set the terms of an agreement in stone. But can such a contract subsequently be challenged based on prior verbal discussions, possible tacit understandings and perceived ambiguity or vagueness?

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Is Polly, ‘Flaffie’ or your Beloved iKati Welcome in your Sectional Title Home?

The new Community Schemes Ombud Service Act is designed to simplify the resolution of disputes between sectional title scheme body corporates and home owners, including those pesky problems with pets.

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New Tax on Loans to Trusts

A new insert in the recently amended Income Tax Act sees interest-free and low-interest loans to trusts now made subject to donations tax of 20%. And not only does it apply to loans made from 1 March 2017, but also targets existing agreements. The good news is that there is possibly some relief.

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The ins and outs of AirBnB …

AirBnB is a popular way to earn an extra income. However, where people live in close proximity to each other, such as in sectional title schemes and some homeowners’ associations, this activity can cause friction with neighbours. What are the right of the neighbours? Is tax payable on this income?

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You And Your Spouse Agree To A Divorce, Now What?

  When two spouses agree to terminate their marriage by way of divorce, the process does not have to be as daunting as it appears. As Family Law experts, we assist clients to concur on the way forward, and then draft a Consent Paper to clearly record the terms of the agreement reached. Once the […]

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Sale Of A Farm As A Going Concern

In order to avoid the cash flow implications of paying VAT, most farmers, when disposing of the whole or a portion of a farm, would do so by selling the farm or the specific portion as a going concern. The agreements that govern such transactions can be complex. Read the article by Jacques Blignaut, STBB […]

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Trusts – Should You Be Charging Interest On Loans Made To A Trust

When will s7C apply? Clients who have made, as well as those who are considering making, interest-free or low-interest loans to trusts must take note of a recent inclusion to the Income Tax Act (“the Act”). This inclusion comes in the form of Section 7C, which was inserted in the latest Taxation Laws Amendment Act […]

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Dignity, Renovations And Farm Workers’ Accommodation

Earlier this month, the Constitutional Court handed down a judgment dealing with the right of a domestic worker to renovate her dwelling on her employer’s farm at her own expense. The improvements were meant to bring the dwelling to a level consonant with human dignity, but the farm owner had prohibited the builder from proceeding, arguing that his consent had to be obtained for any such activity.

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Worker’s Day

This Worker’s Day, reflect on the impression you leave with colleagues. Do you inspire? Are you encouraging? Do you share your business vision and excitement at the opportunities out there? When last did you say Thanks? Be a better You! Regards, STBB Director Refqah Ho-Yee Tel 021 673-4700 / 082 782 7771 Email refqahf@stbb.co.za

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Solar panels: compliance certificates required?

The Electrical Installation Regulations obliges every user or lessor of an electrical installation to be in possession of a valid Certificate of Compliance for that installation. Does this include solar panels? The definition of ‘electrical installation’ in the regulations is such to generally include solar panel control circuits. A Certificate of Compliance is therefore necessary […]

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