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Shack dwellers seek damages over housing delay

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 06 August 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #Property Law
Residents of the Winnie Mandela informal settlement in Ekurhuleni are seeking constitutional damages from the local municipality for its failure to build them RDP houses after those allocated to them were illegally occupied by others.

Casac set for tough battle with Ingonyama Trust

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 06 August 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #Property Law
The Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution (Casac) is ready for a tough battle when it takes on the Ingonyama Trust over rent paid by people living on trust land.

Former Minister to pay costs in District Six case

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 05 August 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Property Law
The acting Judge President of the Land Claims Court has ordered former Rural Development & Land Reform Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to personally pay counsel costs relating to the department's failure to draft a plan to redevelop District Six.

R50m Wild Coast settlement dispute resolved?

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 05 August 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #Property Law
The battle over a R50m land claim settlement awarded to a rural community after it was forcibly removed to make way for the Wild Coast Sun hotel created by magnate Sol Kerzner appears to have been settled, according to a report in The Sunday Independent.

Unlawful Occupiers: Eviction Is Possible, but Neither Quick nor Easy

By Ashersons Attorneys Published on Thursday, 01 August 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Property Law
“Buy land” said Mark Twain, “they’re not making it anymore.” With the first green shoots of a property market recovery supposedly now showing through perhaps this is indeed the time to take his advice.

Can Your Bank Take Your Money Without Permission?

By Ashersons Attorneys Published on Thursday, 01 August 2019
Tags: #Banking & Finance Law #Litigation #National Credit Act Law #Property Law
Is your bank entitled to clean out your current account’s credit balance – with neither notice to you nor your permission – to settle a separate debt you owe it?

Warning: Property Email Scams Surging

By Ashersons Attorneys Published on Thursday, 01 August 2019
Tags: #Consumer Protection Law #Litigation #Property Law
Why yet another warning about cyber-scams in the property industry? It’s because the hard fact is that the criminals are winning this war. In fact we are now reportedly the “second most targeted country in the world with regard to cyber-attacks”.

Bid to challenge shack demolition dismissed

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 24 July 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Property Law
An East London family has only a week left to a demolish a small Chintsa East shack they have called home for decades and exhume eight graves at a farm – to make way for a multi-million-rand golf estate development.

Swimming star battles to retrieve outstanding debt

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 08 July 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Property Law
SA swimming legend and former Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh is embroiled in legal proceedings against his former girlfriend and her family regarding a financial transaction that went sour, says a Saturday Star report.

Cyber attacks on legal profession increasing

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 05 July 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Property Law #Science & Technology Law
Hack attacks, ransom threats and theft of money through fraudulent transactions are all becoming a stark reality for legal professionals and law firms around the world, says a legal risk adviser.

No action on Cape Town City’s R140m loss

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 02 July 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Property Law
In what the Cape Times report calls a surprise forensic report conclusion, the City of Cape Town has reported no irregularities in an alleged botched auction of prime Foreshore land. The investigation probed the alleged loss of R140m of public money due to an alleged botched auction of prime land on the Foreshore to Growthpoint Properties.

Judge finds fault with Growthpoint ex parte application

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 01 July 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Property Law
Western Cape High Court Judge Judith Cloete has ruled that an interdict, prohibiting Reclaim the City activists from protesting at a property owned by Growthpoint Properties, should not be granted.

Mashaba plans to expropriate abandoned factories

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Property Law
The City of Johannesburg has identified 37 abandoned factories in the city that it plans to ‘expropriate’ to convert into low-cost, affordable housing, says a Business Day report.

Tourism industry needs less regulation – Airbnb

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 21 June 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice #Property Law
Airbnb has warned that an amendment Bill aimed at regulating the hospitality industry could potentially ‘disadvantage many South Africans’. A Times Select report says the Tourism Amendment Bill aims to bring ‘short-term rentals’ such as Airbnb under the department of tourism’s authority.

No respite for evicted family

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 21 June 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #Property Law
The May family, living on the side of the road across from the Windmeul Kelder winery outside Paarl – from which they were evicted in April – were dealt another blow as their case at the Land Claims Court was dismissed.

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