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2017 PROPERTY RATES INCREASES

Property owners in the Metro are still coming to grips with the recent General Valuation Roll (2017) released by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM).

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CYBERCRIMES & CYBERSECURITY BILL

A brutal reality of the world today is the developing worldwide risk (and industry) of cybercrime. Our reality rotates around data innovation and it is our reliance subsequently which is focused by digital crooks.

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Wills Estates

Get your FREE Will and Testament this Will’s Week 11-15 September.
Email tvabaza@blclaw.co.za to book your consultation.

The only way to ensure that your post-death wishes are given effect to and that people you deem unworthy do not inherit from your estate is to draw a valid Will before your demise. If you do not have a valid Last Will & Testament, your nett estate will be distributed in terms of the Intestate Succession Act 81 of 1987.

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The Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998

Stories of abuse, abduction of women and children, and domestic violence have been trending on social media over the past few weeks. The focus of this article is therefore on the serious social evil – domestic violence. This article strives to set out how you can use the provisions of Domestic Violence Act to protect yourself against domestic violence.

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Victory for property owners in latest SCA ruling

In the recent ruling of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality v Amber Mountain Investments, the Supreme Court of Appeal (“SCA”) addressed the question of whether the seller of immovable property could be held liable for the advance payment of the full annual property rate, or only for the payment of municipal rates calculated until transfer takes place. This SCA decision was handed down on 29 March 2017.

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Should you belong to the Consumer Goods & Services Ombud?

The Code of Conduct (Code) for the Consumer of Goods and Services (CGS) industry became effective in 2015. The Code provides for the establishment and powers of the Consumer of Goods and Services Ombud (CGSO) to guide the industry on the minimum standards of goods and services expected when engaging consumers and to assist the industry in resolving disputes arising from complaints about non-compliance with the Code and the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 (the Act) by participants (businesses) in the CGS industry.

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SAFETY: Tips for Women and Girls

We asked  Atlas Security Community Development Manager (Port Elizabeth) and Ambassador for Women Empowerment, Bernadette Nel- Naude to help us with some important safety tips.

Here are some of her key pointers to staying aware and limiting your vulnerability to attacks.

  • First and most important thing to remember is that there is no such thing as asking for it, it’s 100% the rapists fault.
  • The best thing that we can do as women is to raise men who respect women.

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Emojis – A new way of communication

Nowadays it is almost possible to have an entire conversation with someone using Emojis. The development in technology and the way we communicate with each other has seen a dramatic shift from purely using text as a form of communication to pictures/symbols/Emojis.

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The requirements of valid customary practice of UKUTHWALA

The customary practice of ukuthwala has come under the spotlight in recent times because of its connection to human rights violations. A series of cases in which young girls have been abducted and forcibly married off to much older men has captured national attention. One of these cases is Jezile v S and Others WCC (unreported case no 127/2014, 23-3-2015).

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