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Urban Land Use Rights – An Analysis of Engineering Contribution Figures

Local government authorities come up with town planning schemes as part of their mandate, which involves the division and allocation of land for particular use.

The land is then developed according to the rights attached to it in terms of such allocation, which is known as zoning e.g residential, industrial, recreational, agricultural, business hub.

Authentication of Documents for Use in and outside South Africa

Even though governments do all they can to safeguard the authenticity of public documents, criminal syndicates have somehow managed to have new tricks up the sleeve. For this reason, authentication of public documents is crucial.

Giving to cea-SARS what belongs to cea-SARS – Estate Taxes

Although the administration of a deceased estate involves the distribution of benefits to legatees and beneficiaries, the law also requires that applicable taxes and deductions be made before any distribution can be made.

It is important that deductions and taxes are taken into consideration during estate planning and when a will is drawn as this is a complex process especially when the concerned has died.

The Legal Status of Foreign Marriages in South Africa

The legal status of a marriage is determined by the legal regime of the country where it was solemnised or concluded.

There are reasons for this, chief among them being that a marriage is in essence an agreement between at least two consenting parties, where reciprocal obligations arise.

Jurisdiction in respect of contractual disputes is mainly (not exclusively however) founded where the contract was concluded.

A Marriage Date Without the Spousal Debt

It is not uncommon that at the behest of a moment of deep romance, parties in romantic relationships find themselves making decisions which have far reaching implications pertaining to their individual estates, when a marriage is eventually concluded.

Trusting a Trust - Avoiding Beneficiary Problems in Setting up a Trust

Setting up a trust is aptly a trusted way to secure inheritance for the benefit of beneficiaries.

A trust can be described as either an inter vivos trust (living trust) which is set up during the life time of the trust founder, or a testamentary trust whose set up is provided for in a will, to be set up when the testator passes away.

The Legality of Pre-paid Electricity Deductions towards Utility Arrears

In an effort to recover utility arrears, some municipalities have had to resort to unconventional methods of debt recovery. This has primarily been due to the fact that the recovery rates of outstanding rates arrears have been poor.

Tenants’ Rights and Eviction in South Africa During Lockdown Level 1

Within the government’s published regulations in terms of the Disaster Management Act: Regulations - Alert level 1, provisions were made to discourage demolitions of residences and further cushioned tenant rights against evictions during this time.

Paying Levies to the CSOS – Why is it Necessary?

It is mandatory for community schemes to pay CSOS levies as per the regulations of the CSOS Act. These levies are calculated based on the individual levies collected from unit owners.

The Community Schemes Ombud Service Act of South Africa

There is often conflict when there is shared responsibility for land and building and, the CSOS aims to manage operations and provide efficient and cost-effective methods for dispute resolution within community schemes.

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