Rental Housing Amendment Act, 2014

It is hereby notified that the President has assented to the following Act, which is hereby published for general information:–

Act No. 35 of 2014: Rental Housing Amendment Act, 2014

Rental Housing Amendment Act 2014

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EAAB – Commencement of the first CPD three-year rolling cycle

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The first three-year rolling CPD cycle will commence as from 1 January 2015, from which date the EAAB will be offering participants an extensive diary of workshops and events throughout the country. It is also envisaged that participants will shortly be able to accrue a set number of verifiable CPD points through utilisation of e-learning mechanisms. This will particularly assist those participants who do not reside, or conduct business, in the major metropolitan areas. Continue reading

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Variation or Cancellation of Contracts by Email

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Written By: Robby Coelho | Partner | Webber Wentzel

A recent decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) serves as a reminder that the use of e-mails can have material legal consequences for businesses.

In the recent case of Spring Forest Trading v Wilberry of 21 November 2014, the SCA had to consider whether contracts could validly be consensually cancelled by exchange of emails between the parties. Continue reading

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Duty to Disclose Invasive Species – New Regulations

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Written by: Milton Koumbatis

We all know that there are a host of certificates which have become associated with the sale of immovable property and which have been necessitated by laws and/or the inclusion of special clauses in sale of property agreements relating thereto. The Government has now presented a new challenge to us.

A Regulation was promulgated with effect from 1 October 2014 in terms of the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004 dealing with Invasive Species and the control thereof.  The term Species should of course not be understood to be restricted only to plants.  It incorporates animals, fish, birds, insects and microbes, to mention a few. Continue reading

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Important Notice – DISCRETIONARY GRANT APPLICATION EXTENSION

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Issued by: The Services SETA Discretionary Grant Allocation Team

DISCRETIONARY GRANT APPLICATION EXTENSION NOTICE

In recognition of the possible need for more time to respond to the recently closed period and submission of Discretionary Grant applications online, the Services SETA would like to inform applicants that the Discretionary Grant Funding window which closed on 21 November 2014 has been reopened and the deadline for submission extended to 5 December 2014.   Incomplete applications will be accessible and can be completed and new applications may be submitted within the extended period. Continue reading

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South Africa Rising

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by Nancy Macaluso, National Association of REALTORS®, President’s Liaison to South Africa

South Africa Rising was the theme I chose, during my 2013 visit as the National Association of REALTORS® President’s Liaison to South Africa.  I named it that as South Africa rose to meet the world’s economic leading countries being recognized as one of the “BRICS” countries- Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa. Continue reading

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PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION EXAMINATION (PDE 4 AND 5) – DATES FOR 2015

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06 FEBRUARY 2015
07 MAY 2015
06 AUGUST 2015
12 NOVEMBER 2015
11 FEBRUARY 2016

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Rental Housing Act (Amendment Act 2014)

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IoDSA Direct Law Volume 9 Issue 20

Questionable Amendments to the Act

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Once a commencement date has been gazetted, the Amendment Act 2014 will increase regulatory risk for owners that lease a dwelling (or their authorised agents or persons in possession that may lease or sub-lease). Continue reading

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Urgent Notification: Section 27 applications for late submission of audit reports and unblocking

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AGENTS BLOCKED FOR LATE SUBMISSION OF AUDIT REPORTS REQUIRING SECTION 27 PROCESS

We are in the process of streamlining the section 27 process for walk in agents as well as e-mail submissions via section 27applications@eaab.org.za. An automated letter will be sent to all agents blocked by the system as per the attached sample. Please be aware of the process so that you can advise any agents who enquire.

Section 27 department has 2 permanent staff members, Thsepo and Raymond, and 5 temporary staff members assisting with the process. Of these, 3 administrators are stationed at the public booths to assist with a constant stream of walk in agents from receiption. We had some difficulties with access to all systems, which Tumo has been resolving for us. Thanks Tumo for all your help. We have 4 administrators dealing with section 27applications@eaab.org.za mails,  e-mails from other departments and call centre queries.   Continue reading

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APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF OMBUD FOR COMMUNITY SCHEME OMBUD SERVICE

Mr Themba Mthethwa, the former Chief Executive of the Public Prosecutor’s Office has been appointed as the Chief Ombud for the Community Scheme Ombud Service, reported  Angelique Ardé, in the Personal Finance  supplement to the Saturday  Star of 18 October 2014. ( See clipping attached hereto)

She also reported that the owners in Sectional Titles and other Community Schemes at last have a free dispute resolution mechanism, which is not correct. The service will require schemes to make  a contribution towards the running cost  and complainants will have to pay a fee for the adjudication of complaints. (Section 22 of the CSOS Act 9 of 2011)

Section 22 of the Community Schemes Ombud Service Act, 2011 (Act No. 9 of 2011)

22. Funds of Service

1) The funds of the Service consist of—

  1. a) money appropriated by Parliament;
  2. b) levies collected from community schemes with the approval of the Minister;
  3. c) fees for services rendered based on cost recovery”

She did report that the service is not yet fully operational and the Ombud gave no indication when it will be up and running.

CHIEF OMBUD APPOINTED

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