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State defies court by upping price for land

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 20 January 2020
Tags: #Litigation #Property Law
The government has abandoned its bid to appeal against a ruling that forces it to sell a black Limpopo farmer land it promised him more than two decades ago, but it now wants a price allegedly nine times what the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) ordered it to sell for, says a Business Day report.

Warning against 'shrewd' EFF land-grab tactics

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #Property Law
The EFF in Tshwane has expressed its support for land-grabbers, who recently made futile attempts to illegally occupy empty plots in Silverlakes and Boschkop.

Man takes on municipality and wins

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Tags: #Litigation #Property Law
Chris Biermann’s idea of plugging a gap in the East London housing market quickly escalated to a full-scale legal war which he eventually won, says a Times Select report.

Evicted families seek R120m from SANDF

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #Property Law
Minister of Defence & Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula – in her official capacity as head of the SANDF – is facing a claim of about R120m from civilian families ousted from the Marievale military base near Nigel, Gauteng.

ANC bigwig loses property over debt to bank

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 10 January 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #National Credit Act Law #Property Law
ANC Mpumalanga bigwig Charles Makola is set to lose his R1.6m Witbank property after he failed to pay R1.3m he owed to Absa, according to a Cape Argus report.

Sandton skyscraper contract terminated by developer

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 10 January 2020
Tags: #Litigation #Property Law
The developer of the R3bn Leonardo mixed-use development in the heart of Sandton has terminated infrastructure and resources group Aveng’s contract to build Africa’s tallest building, in a dispute about delays, says a Business Day report.

Judge orders department to draft resolution in eviction case

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 13 December 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #Property Law
The Western Cape High Court has postponed the hearing on the eviction of 76 families from a state-owned farm outside Stellenbosch, at the request of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform & Rural Development, according to a West Cape News report on the GroundUp site.

Property Sales and Trusts: Demand Proof of Trustee Authority

By Ashersons Attorneys Published on Monday, 09 December 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Property Law
Selling property to a trust comes with a particular risk, and it’s one that - although easily avoidable - still seems to catch sellers unawares on a regular basis. Not checking that the trustee/s signing the offer to purchase/deed of sale are fully authorised to do so could leave you with no sale at all!

Property Owners, Buyers and Agents: Lost Title Deeds and Bonds

By Ashersons Attorneys Published on Monday, 09 December 2019
Tags: #Property Law
In January 2019 new amendments to Regulations for the replacement of lost title deeds (and similar documents like mortgage bonds and notarial bonds – see below) were published. They were very onerous and slated to come into effect at short notice, but after criticism they were suspended – until now.

Major restitution failure exposed

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 25 November 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Property Law
In what The Witness says represents one of the biggest land restitution failures in the country, more than 90% of the farms purchased by government for labour tenants in Mooi River have since collapsed.

Politically-charged Ingonyama Trust case delayed

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 21 November 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #Property Law
A politically-charged court case involving millions of rands in rent paid to a trust headed by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has been postponed at the last moment, says a GroundUp report.

Couple withdraw case against Watson family

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 20 November 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Property Law
A Port Elizabeth couple – due to go head-to-head in court with the Watson family today after a dispute – threw in the towel last night, withdrawing their intention to defend an eviction application to vacate an upmarket Kragga Kamma wedding venue.

Jacob Zuma defaults on school fees

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 18 November 2019
Tags: #Banking & Finance Law #Insolvency Law #Litigation #Property Law
A prestigious KZN school has had to obtain a default judgment against former President Jacob Zuma for his failure to pay school fees of R12 517, Rapport reports.

Rent-free family finally evicted from farm

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 18 November 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #Property Law
The SCA has upheld the eviction of an elderly couple and their daughter from a farm in Gauteng where they lived ‘rent free’ for six years, says a TimesLIVE report.

“Seller’s Remorse” and “Subject to Sale of the Buyer’s Property” – Can They Sink the Sale?

By Ashersons Attorneys Published on Thursday, 07 November 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Property Law
The upcoming festive season, with its mass migrations of happy holiday-makers to their dream destinations, has always been a busy time for both sellers and buyers.

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