It’s been a while; I hope everyone had a great Easter and was able to spend some quality time with family and friends.
The last two months have been busy at Van Deventers, trying to ensure that as many of our supporting Property Practitioners as possible, are able to write their PDE 4 Exam this May.
We will have a full training session for the PDE 4 Exam prep-class on the 10th of May and we look forward to celebrating with all of you once you have received your results.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank those Property Practitioners who have made good on their promises by supporting us, it was an absolute pleasure hosting you in our logbook and NQF4 courses.
Best of luck to those writing the PDE4 Exam, we look forward to seeing you for a celebration afterwards.
Cor van Deventer
Cor van Deventer - Director
Arno van Deventer - Director
The government of South Africa made a decision to terminate the national state of disaster as from 4 April 2022, in favor of further managing the Covid-19 pandemic under the National Health Act of 2003 (NHA). However, the regulations that were published by the Department of Health on 15 March 2022 brought more questions than answers in the ongoing national conversation regarding vaccine mandates. The government’s position and policies on Covid-19 vaccination and some of the NHA regulations, are conflicting.
To bring the discussion to speed, Covid-19 vaccination in South Africa remains on voluntary basis, which position was reiterated by the Deputy President, DD Mabuza, earlier in April 2022. However, regulation 15A (1) (a) (b) (c) (ii) and (iii) under the NHA provides that a person who is suspected of having contracted Covid-19, has been in contact with a confirmed case, or has been confirmed as a case themselves, of a notifiable medical condition (NMC) listed in Annexure A, Table 1, 2 or 3, may NOT refuse mandatory prophylaxis, quarantine, treatment or isolation. Prophylaxis can be defined as ‘treatment given to prevent disease,’ which essentially refers to vaccination as the only prophylaxis available at the moment for Covid-19, is the vaccine. This provision is consequently at odds with the government’s public policy on Covid-19 vaccination and the question of the moment would definitely be, could this be telling of a possible change of policy towards voluntary vaccination in South Africa in the near future?
The period for submitting comments on the draft regulations lapsed on 14 April 2022 and we sincerely hope the above conflict was brought to the attention of the Department of Health for clarity and/or amendment.
It’s been a frantic start to the year and before we head into the winter months we thought it would be nice to get together with everyone, and have a good time.
Please will you share the below invite with your team when you have a chance.
We will be providing the catering, so please could I ask you to send me through the RSVP's as and when you get them, so that we can make the arrangements accordingly. On the invite it does say the 10th but the sooner we get them the more time it allows us to plan.
Please RSVP to [email protected]
After a productive Quarter 1 of 2022, Cape Town registrations slowed down considerably in April 2022.
This was mostly due to delays being experienced at the City of Cape Town regarding the issuing of Rates Clearance Certificates as well as re-issuing of the Rates Clearance Certificate extensions. Some re-issuing of applications were taking in excess of two weeks, instead of the normal two to three days. A number of registrations could not be handed in on time and had to be relodged.
A further challenge that was experienced was the increased incidences where SARS requested copies of the Offer to Purchase. Normally this caused a delay of about ten business days in the issuing of the Transfer Duty Receipts, but these delays have recently increased to around twenty-one business days.
Both the above challenges have caused delays and complicated a transfer process that already relies on so many external stakeholders and variables.
On a positive note, nonetheless, from the week of 25 April 2022 there has been an improvement in the issuing of Rates Clearance Certificates, and we expect many lodgments to start taking place.
Get to know: Roulton Ballack,
Associate - Litigation
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