n Stellenbosch Law Review = Stellenbosch Regstydskrif - Contract : General Principles, S. van der Merwe, L. van Huyssteen, G. Lubbe & M.F.B. Reinecke : book review

Volume 20, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1016-4359
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2193



When the first edition of this book appeared in 1993, there were already three major textbooks dealing with the general principles of the law of contract : the classic by De Wet & Van Wyk, in Afrikaans, and the well-established works in English by Christie and Kerr. The need for yet another book on contract law might not have been obvious, and yet in the intervening years the newcomer has made its influence felt to such an extent that it can now probably be regarded as the leading text on the subject in South Africa. In his foreword to the second edition (which appeared in 2003) Peet Nienaber, then recently retired as a member of the Supreme Court of Appeal, expressed the expectation that "more and more judges, practitioners and academics will begin to use the work as their first source of reference" (v). Judging by the many references to the book in the reported cases, and from my own observations in practice and in the academic world, this expectation would seem already to have been met. And that should come as no surprise, given the stature of the authors and the real need for a book in English expounding the principles of contract according to what might be called the "J C de Wet model".

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