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THE MASTERS OFFICE DURING LEVEL 3

Since the implementation of the level 5 lockdown on 27 March 2020, businesses and participants in economic activity have all undergone change and adaptation. We have all been confronted with slow to sometimes zero progress at stages. To this end, our government recognised the importance of restoring economic activity where we are phasing back to […]

THE MOVEMENT OF CHILDREN BETWEEN SEPARATE HOUSEHOLDS DURING THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

The national lockdown announcement, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, brought about many challenges to our daily lives. During the lockdown period we are all confined to our households, unless you are the holder of an essential services permit or are obtaining essential goods, seeking urgent medical attention or collecting social grants. For children being raised […]

HAS WHATSAPP BECOME A VICTIM OF FACEBOOK’S POOR PRIVACY REPUTATION?

OPINION: WhatsApp has been sharing certain information with Facebook since 2016. However, WhatsApp does not look at your chat messages or listen to your phone calls as this is protected by end-to-end encryption. What this means is that, when you send a WhatsApp message from your phone, it gets completely jumbled, and the only person […]

PAYMENT HOLIDAYS BEING OFFERED BY SOUTH AFRICAN BANKS DUE TO NATIONAL LOCKDOWN

South Africa is on a 21-day lockdown due to the coronavirus. The banks have come to the aid of those in need by offering ‘payment holidays’. The offering by each bank has differing terms and conditions which will be looked at in more detail below. The biggest concerns to customers are the possible additional charges, […]

THE NELSON MANDELA BAY METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY: PROBLEM BUILDING BY-LAW

The Problem Building By-Law (herein after referred to as ‘the By-Law’) is the very first By-Law in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality for 2020. The By-Law was published in the Government Gazette on 27 January 2020 and came into operation on that same day. The aim of the By-Law is to enable authorised officials […]

RECENT CHANGES TO INVESTMENT PRACTICES IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

From 1 November 2018 the legal profession is now regulated by the Legal Practice Counsel (“the LPC”). Previously the legal profession was regulated by four Provincial Law Societies. One of the biggest changes introduced is that the LPC regulates all legal practitioners across the board. Therefore, not only attorneys, but advocates too. The LPC came […]

POWERS OF ATTORNEY – THE DO’S AND DON’TS

It is often necessary to give someone authorisation to act on someone else’s behalf when that someone (the grantor) is out of the country or temporarily unable to manage his or her affairs. This document is referred to as a Power of Attorney. A General Power of Attorney is by its very nature, used for […]

CONSIDERATION OF THE FAMILY SITUATION BY THE COURT IN CONFIRMING SURROGACY AGREEMENTS

A Surrogate Motherhood Agreement has to be confirmed by the Court in order for the child to be born a child of the contracting parents, in terms of chapter 19 of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005. The Court is the upper guardian of children, and therefore has to consider the best interests of the […]