General Interest

25
Jun

The New Cannabis Act: Here’s What You Will and Won’t Be Allowed to Do

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Criminal Law - Cannabis Act The New Cannabis Act - What You Will and Won’t Be Allowed to Do “It’s high time they legalised cannabis” (Anon) Much excitement has greeted the signing into law of the Cannabis for Private Purposes Act, which will formally regulate the cultivation, possession, and use of cannabis by
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25
Jun

Can You Sign an Affidavit Over Zoom?

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Litigation - litigation lawyer Can You Sign an Affidavit Over Zoom? “These technological developments would have seemed far-fetched and science fiction a brief few years ago.” (Extract from judgment below) It’s an important question – the invalidity of an affidavit could sink even the strongest case, so it’s vital to get this right.
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27
Feb

Ponzi Schemes: Can Liquidators Claw Back 600% of Payouts?

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Insolvency / Liquidation - Ponzi Schemes Ponzi Schemes: Can Liquidators Claw Back 600% of Payouts? “MTl’s business clearly amounted to an unlawful ponzi-scheme, i.e. a fraudulent investing scam promising high rates of return to investors and generating returns for earlier investors with investments taken from later investors.” (Extract from the MTI judgment) Recent
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27
Jun

Dual Citizens: Good News if You Lost Your South African Citizenship, But…

“Citizenship is the gateway through which a number of rights in the Constitution can be accessed.  It enables a person to enjoy freedom of movement, freedom of trade, and political representation” (Constitutional Court, quoted in judgment below) Note: Many South Africans who should be aware of this new development will be overseas and/or may not have heard of the Supreme

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26
May

Ponzi Schemes: Another MTI Judgment, Risks and Red Flags

“MTl’s business clearly amounted to an unlawful ponzi-scheme, i.e. a fraudulent investing scam promising high rates of return to investors and generating returns for earlier investors with investments taken from later investors.” (Extract from judgment below) In times of economic turmoil, the promise of “easy money” can be incredibly enticing. Unfortunately, this allure often leads people into the clutches of

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28
Mar

Ombuds – Why and How to Use Them

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Ombuds Ombuds – Why and How to Use Them “Who you gonna call?” (Ghostbusters) An “ombud” (often called ombudsperson, ombudsman or ombudswoman, and sometimes not referred to as an “ombud” at all) is an independent and impartial person or office who will investigate any complaint you may have against a business, government agency,
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3
Jan

Living Wills: 6 Myths Busted

Health issues and mortality are facts of life, no matter how remote they may seem at the moment, nor how distressing they are to contemplate. For your family’s sake as well as for your own, make sure that you have a Living Will (or another form of “advance healthcare directive” such as a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare) in

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27
Sep

Why You Should Sign a Power of Attorney Before You Emigrate or Travel

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | General Interest - Travel Why You Should Sign a Power of Attorney Before You Emigrate or Travel If you are emigrating, or perhaps just going overseas for an extended holiday or work contract, you may well leave behind some form of “unfinished business”. Perhaps you own a property, other assets or bank accounts
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26
May

Tax Freedom Day 2022: The Day We Stopped Working for Government

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Tax Tax Freedom Day 2022: The Day We Stopped Working for Government “Taxpayer: One who doesn’t have to pass a civil service exam to work for the government” (Anonymous) “Tax Freedom Day” is the first day of the year on which we South Africans (we’re talking about the “average” taxpayer here) have finally
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23
Feb

Your Website of the Month: How to Avoid Falling Victim to a “Tinder Swindler”

“But love is blind, and lovers cannot see” (Shakespeare) Note: Please think of sharing this article with any family member, friend or colleague who might benefit from knowing which “red flags” to watch for when using dating apps and social media. Even if you haven’t yet watched the hit Netflix film “The Tinder Swindler”, you will know of the huge problem

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