Commercial law, property law

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Article: Cohabitation Relationships and its consequences

Author: Hanri Botes
April 2018

South African law does not currently regulate cohabitation relationships and life partnerships, nor afford the same protection as those who are married in terms of the Civil Union and Marriage Act. It is therefore regulated by Common Law (rules that are not codified in legislation), however there is some legislative protection afforded.
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Article: Protection of Minority Shareholders

Author: Jurgen Potgieter, candidate attorney at Malan Lourens Viljoen Inc
March 2018

Minority shareholders in both Companies and Close Corporations (members) enjoy a measure of protection against unfairly prejudicial, unjust or inequitable acts that arise from the conduct of majority shareholders or the Company. A well-thought out agreement will ensure that, without necessitating unnecessary involvement in the day-to-day running of the business, silent partners will have a voice when it matters.
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Article: The Rights of Unmarried Biological Fathers in relation to their Child

Author: Hanri Botes (LLB), Candidate Attorney at Malan Lourens Viljoen Inc.
March 2018

What are the parental rights of a child's biological father if he and the mother of the child are not married? Can he be refused access to his child?
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Article: Duties and Liabilities of Directors

Author: James Gallow, candidate attorney at Malan Lourens Viljoen Inc
February 2018

The recent Steinhoff debacle has dominated conversation across South Africa and in light of this, the duties and liabilities of directors has found renewed interest with Markus Jooste’s actions forming the basis of the debate. This article will attempt to provide some clarity on the role of directors and the fiduciary duties they may owe to the company, and in doing so may provide the reader with a better understanding of the matter.
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Article: Alternative Dispute Resolution

Author: Michelle Mentz, candidate attorney at Malan Lourens Viljoen Inc
February 2018

Dealing with workplace disputes in a professional, effective and timely manner is important to maintaining a healthy work environment for all. Businesses should have specific policies in place in terms of dispute management to ensure that disputes are always resolved internally in a fair and uniform manner.
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Article: The Risks of Verbal Agreements

Author: Jurgen Potgieter, candidate attorney at Malan Lourens Viljoen Inc
October 2017

Verbal agreements are no less binding than written agreements. Proving these agreements and the exact terms thereof on the other hand is another matter.
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Agent of the Month Award: July

Shameale Baartman van Seeff Strand is aangewys as ons Julie ‘Agent-van-die-maand’. Sy is bederf met ‘n geskenkbewys van Gift Experience en glo sy sal haar spesiale ervaring geniet. Baie geluk Shameale! Foto van links: Louis Scheepers (MLV), Shameale Baartman en Thys Lourens (MLV-direkteur)

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Article: Suiwer Ekonomiese Verlies

Author: Lizaan van der Vyver, candidate attorney at Malan Lourens Viljoen Inc
September 2017

Suiwer ekonomiese verlies omvat vermoënsverlies wat nie die gevolg van saakbeskadiging of persoonlikheidskrenking is nie. Met ander woorde, bo en behalwe die direkte skade gely, kan ‘n eiser ook die skade wat indirek gely is as gevolg van die direkte skade, eis
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Agent of the Month Award

Tydens ‘n spog funksie by Seeff Gordonsbaai, het Carmen le Grange weggestap met die titel ‘Agent van die Maand’ asook ‘n geskenkbewys van “Gift Experience” Ons hoop dat sy elke oomblik van haar spesiale ondervinding sal geniet.

Seeff Agent of the Month

Article: Die Voetstoots Klousule

Author: Lizaan van der Vyver, candidate attorney at Malan Lourens Viljoen Inc
August 2017

In eenvoudige terme beteken hierdie klousule bloot “wat jy sien is wat jy kry”. Die koper stem dus in dat hy ‘n produk koop in die toestand wat dit is ten tye van die aangaan van die koopooreenkoms en dat hy nie ‘n eis teen die verkoper kan instel indien hy op ‘n latere stadium sekere defekte ten opsigte van die produk vind nie.
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Article: Consequences of ‘Void for Vagueness’ Antenuptial Contract

Author: Myrna Heunis, candidate attorney at Malan Lourens Viljoen Inc
July 2017

In terms of Section 2 the Matrimonial Property Act of 1984, all marriages entered into after the commencement of this Act, which is out of community of property in terms of an antenuptial contract by which community of property and community of profit and loss is excluded, is automatically subject to the accrual system. However, it is possible for the marriage to not be subject to the accrual system by expressly excluding the parties’ intention to do so in the antenuptial contract.
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Article: The Protection of Personal Information Act - What you need to know

Author: Jurgen Potgieter, candidate attorney at Malan Lourens Viljoen Inc
July 2017

POPIA signifies the bare minimum standards and requirements for the recording, processing and sharing of personal information. It is essential that both individuals and businesses are acutely aware of the rights and obligations that the Act will confer on them as most, if not all, are privy to varying degrees of personal information on other people and entities.
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Article: New insights from the Constitutional Court bench – the “just and equitable” requirement in eviction proceedings

Author: Clara Brand, candidate attorney at Malan Lourens Viljoen Inc
July 2017

On 8 June 2017, the Constitutional Court of South Africa handed down a landmark judgment with regards to the rights of illegal occupants in eviction proceedings in Occupiers of Erven 87 and 88 Berea and Christiaan Frederick De Wet and another. Some media publications’ analysis of the judgment could lead one to believe that in circumstances where homelessness is the fate of a potential evictee, an eviction may not be granted by a court under any circumstances. However, the true legal position is slightly more complex and cannot be summarised in such simple terms
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Article: Naamskending of Laster

Author: Lizaan van der Vyver, candidate attorney at Malan Lourens Viljoen Inc
June 2017

‘n Persoon maak homself skuldig aan naamskending waneer hy iemand se naam en eer skade aan doen deur verkeerde of vals inligting aan die publiek of 'n derde party te publiseer. Die eiser hoef slegs te bewys dat die opmerking prima facie op ‘n skending van sy reputasie neerkom en dat dit gepubliseer is.
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Article: The Non-Compete Clause

Author: Jurgen Potgieter, candidate attorney at Malan Lourens Viljoen Inc
May 2017

It is common practice for purchasers to include, as part of an agreement for the sale of a business, a clause that prevents the seller from operating a similar business within a specified radius or within a specified time frame from the business that was sold. This is commonly referred to as a non-compete clause. However, the purchaser should tread lightly when inserting such a clause, as it might not necessarily be enforceable.
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Some of the most frequently asked legal questions answered

Author: Louis Scheepers
November 2016

Can a minor buy property?
Yes, if a minor is under the age of 7, he/she is totally without legal capacity. His/her parents, guardian or tutor must act on his/her behalf. A minor between 7 and 17 years, has limited contractual capacity. His/her parents, guardian or tutor may act on his/her behalf or may assist him/her in the act. If the minor acts without the necessary assistance, his/her parents, guardian or tutor, during his/her minority, have a discretion to either ratify (accept) or repudiate (reject) the contract.

May the executor of a deceased estate open a sectional title scheme?
Yes, where the deceased sold, donated, exchanged, alienated, bequeathed or encumbered units in the scheme, the executor may continue with the application for the opening of the scheme.

Can a long term lease agreement be registered over a portion of a building without a sectional title register?
Yes, if a diagram is provided.

Can a holder of a long term lease agreement over immovable property cede an undivided share to someone else?
Yes, provided the cession is not prohibited by the provisions of the lease.

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ARCHIVED ARTICLES
Is the Proof of your claim in another's posession?
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Author: Janie Slabber
October 2016

Drunk Driving and the Law on Breathalysing
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Author: Myrna Heunis
January 2017

Article: The Role of the Doctrine of Legitimate Expectation in Income Tax
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Author: Jurgen Potgieter
February 2017

Streng Aanspreeklikheid vir Hondaanvalle
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Author: Lizaan van der Vyver
March 2017

Eviction proceedings – Where does the Landlord stand?
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Author: Clara Brand
March 2017

Forfeiture of Patrimonial Benefits in South Africa
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Author: Myrna Heunis
April 2017

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