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The Wits Justice Project (WJP), an initiative of the University of the Witwatersrand, has launched a community radio talk show. The 60-minute talk show - The Wits Justice Show - aims to educate people on their rights when facing South Africa's judicial system.
The third annual Public Interest Law Gathering was held from 10 to 12 July at the University of the Witwatersrand's School of Law. Topics discussed at the gathering included the ethics of compulsory community service in the Legal Practice Bill (B20 of 2012), customary law, corporate obligations in respect of human rights and the 'criminal injustice system'.
Representatives of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) held a workshop in Kempton Park at the end of June 2013 to outline their respective roles in a joint initiative aimed at supporting the victims of domestic violence who report these crimes to the SAPS.
Pietermaritzburg firm Tomlinson Mnguni James (TMJ) has gone the extra mile and taken on three growing firms to mentor under the auspices of the Law Society of South Africa's Synergy Link empowerment initiative.
Steven Powell, Peter Leon, Metumo Shilongo, Marelise van der Westhuizen and André Vos participated in a review panel facilitated by the Law Society of South Africa for the evaluation of South Africa by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Working Group on Bribery under the Anti-Bribery Convention in Sandton last month.
Sections 4(6) and 4(7) of the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act 19 of 1998 (PIE Act) provides that the court, hearing an eviction application, has a discretion to refuse an eviction order despite the fact that an applicant is the registered owner and the respondent is an unlawful occupier of the property (s 4(1) read with s 4(6) and s 4(7); see also Arendse v Arendse and Others 2013 (3) SA 347 (WCC)).
The solvency asset management (SAM) project, a joint venture of the Financial Services Board (FSB), who is also an active member of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), and the South African insurance industry, will introduce a new risk-based supervisory regime for the prudential regulation of both the long-term and short-term insurance sectors in South Africa. SAM will be implemented in January 2014, with its final implementation due in January 2016.
The laws applicable to entitlement in respect of immovable property has seen dramatic changes brought about by modern society. Retirement villages (RVs) are being built in every province and retired people buy into these RVs - some to their financial detriment while others are completely satisfied. Some 24 years ago the Housing Development Schemes for Retired Persons Act 65 of 1988 (the Act) was promulgated. The main purpose of the Act is to regulate the RV industry.
The Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC) has placed numerous companies and close corporations (CCs) in the process of deregistration for failing to file their annual returns on time, as is required by the Companies Act 71 of 2008 (the Act).
The concept of absolute ownership is one that is deeply entrenched in our law. Ownership entails that the holder of a thing has absolute control over that particular thing, although there are limitations imposed by law. In mining law there has always been conflict between the holder of a title deed who, in most cases, is the surface landowner and the mineral right holder who, in most cases, has the rights to access and sever the minerals beneath the surface by virtue of various licenses granted under the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act 28 of 2002 (the MPRDA).