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Can employers dismiss their employees for refusing to take the vaccine?

With the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination picking up momentum, the question of whether to vaccinate or not is top of mind for some. The vaccination is currently not mandatory. A decision not to get vaccinated against Covid-19 may, however, have far-reaching consequences both in everyday life and in the workplace. Many businesses may be wondering whether they may insist … Read More

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Help! A curator has control of my assets

The purpose of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act 1998, (“POCA”) is to offer a civil remedy for the preservation, seizure, and forfeiture of property or assets which, as a natural consequence, are concerned with the carrying out of unlawful activities. The National Director of Public Prosecutions (“NDPP”) may, in terms of POCA, apply to Court for an order restraining … Read More

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We Are Moving To New Premises

Fairbridges Wertheim Becker is pleased to announce that both of its Cape Town and Johannesburg offices will be moving to new premises. With effect from 1 September 2021 our Cape Town office will be relocating to the Portside Building at 5 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town. With effect from 1 November 2021 our Jhb offices will be relocating to 2 Pybus Road, Sandton. Our contact … Read More

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4IR and the Law

Introduction The Fourth Industrial Revolution (“4IR”) predominated for some time, and the COVID-19 pandemic fast-tracked its acceptance. Within a few months, the whole world had to adapt to remote working, learning and living. 4IR and COVID-19 changed the way we do business, work, govern and live. South Africa, like many developing countries pre COVID-19, was preparing for the future and … Read More

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Who’s Who Legal Recognises Lucinda Verster as a Future Leader in Competition Law for a Second Year Running

Who’s Who Legal has been identifying and recognising the most notable legal practitioners globally since 1996. On an annual basis the organisation, based in London UK, nominates leading practitioners in their field of expertise from their pool of 24000 lawyers in private practice as well as 2500 consulting experts from over 150 jurisdictions. The 2021 Who’s Who Legal Competition Law … Read More

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Conveyancing News

I’m selling property in South Africa but I am overseas. What now? In a property transfer, a conveyancer’s mandate begins with the offer to purchase, a thorough reading of which gives us the framework for the type of transfer that we will be dealing with. We page through the standard clauses and look for the all-important date of sale. It … Read More

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Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans 2021: Dhahini Naidu

This year the Mail  & Guardian 200 Young South Africans celebrate 15 years of showcasing South Africa’s eminent and accomplished young people. This year’s theme was ‘Resilience and Innovation for Excellence’, and Mail & Guardian identified and awarded young incredible innovators and trailblazers in South Africa, in various professional categories. Dhahini Naidu, a Director at Fairbridges Wertheim Becker, was announced as … Read More

Court Order 22.12.2020 Case 15118/2020

Court Order dated 22 December 2020 before Honourable Mr Justice Bozalek in ex parte application brought by the University of Cape Town, In re: Removal of discriminatory conditions; Case No: 15118/2020 Download Court Order 22.12.2020 Case 15118/2020 Read More

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How to rescue your business from the impact of COVID-19

Many businesses in South Africa face the very real risk of closing their doors permanently as a result of their inability to trade during the lengthy full lockdown imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Business owners are overwhelmed with the stress and anxiety of how to rescue their business in such a difficult economic period. There are, however, several measures … Read More

COVID-19 Tax Relief Measures

The National Treasury has issued an explanatory note on the additional COVID-19 tax relief measures which will be included in revised drafts of the 2020 Disaster Management Tax Relief Bill and Disaster Management Tax Relief Administration Bill which are expected to be released on 30 April for comment. The following proposals are put forward for comment. Increase in the Expanded … Read More

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Title Deed Restrictions

Beware of Restrictive Title Deeds It is not uncommon for buyers to purchase what they believe to be their dream home, only to discover that they cannot add on an extra storey because of the existence of a restrictive title deed condition. Restrictive conditions may be defined as conditions registered in title deeds during the process of township establishment, by … Read More

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Effects of Social Media on Shareholder Activism

Social media is used in everyday life by millions of people throughout the world. People post pictures on Instagram, send tweets on Twitter and update their Facebook statuses and have constant access to these social media platforms. What started out as a social, recreational activity has become an incredibly important marketing tool for individuals and businesses. Shareholder activism can be … Read More

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Stokvels: A Mechanism of Informal Social Security

For centuries people have entered into various forms of money saving schemes in an attempt to save and grow their money. People try to save and grow their money for a variety of reasons, such as, saving to go on holiday; saving for school fees or saving for their retirement. South Africa has seen many communities creating social schemes that … Read More

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Anti Dissapation Order

What to do if a debtor is intentionally selling of his assets to avoid payment of a future judgment? The old proverb “the wheels of justice turn slowly” is unfortunately well known in the South African context with it often taking two to three years to get a matter to trial in our high courts. This delay can often have … Read More