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Spatial Planning and Land Use Management in South Africa

The current legislation which exists for the purpose of land use management in South Africa is known as the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act (SPLUMA) of South Africa.

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Keeping Pets in a Sectional Title – Can a Body Corporate Remove a Pet?

The PCR 1 stipulates that no occupant of a sectional title scheme may keep a pet without the written consent of the trustee. Permission to keep a pet in a sectional title scheme must not be unreasonably withheld.

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Certificate of Compliance for Home Sellers in South Africa

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), an electrical certificate of compliance for home sellers is required in order for a home to be legally sold.

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VAT on Rental of Residential Units Intended for Resale

Property developers are now faced with additional VAT on residential property rentals which were initially developed for resale.

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Attorneys in Cape Town Discuss the AARTO Bill of South Africa

The AARTO bill received majority vote of the National Assembly in March this year and is now awaiting President Ramaphosa’s signature to legalise it.

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Foreign nationals marrying South African citizens

There are certain marriage requirements for foreigners in South Africa. These requirements are specific and must be met in order for the marriage to be lawful.

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Marriage Fraud in South Africa Curbed by Foreign Marriage Rules

Foreign nationals who wish to obtain South African citizenship by marriage are now faced with stricter rules introduced by the Department of Home Affairs.

These rules are a means to limit the number of fraudulent marital unions undertaken by Foreign Nationals in order to obtain citizenship in South Africa.

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Muslim Marriages to Become Recognised in South Africa

According to The South African Marriage Act of 1961, up until the year 2000, the only marriage considered lawful was civil marriage.

Because Muslim marriages in South Africa do not follow the laws outlined within the Marriage Act, such marriages have never been legally recognised under South African law.

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Obtaining a Rates Clearance Certificate from a local authority

A rates clearance certificate is a certificate which is issued by the relevant local municipality on application by a conveyancer for the transfer of a property.

The purpose of this document is to prove that all the outstanding debt on the property has been paid by the seller.

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Simultaneous Registrations - Registration of Deeds in South Africa

The timely registration of deeds such as bonds and transfers, in particular their simultaneous registration, is extremely important for financial reasons.

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