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Struggling to Get Your Rates Clearance Certificate or Figures?

When you sell a property, you are legally required to obtain a rates clearance certificate from your local municipality. The rates clearance certificate (RCC) certifies that all rates and other municipal charges which include electricity, water, sanitation, and/or refuse are paid in full.

Delays in Issuance of Rates Clearance Figures

When you sell a property, you are legally required to obtain a rates clearance certificate from your local municipality. The rates clearance certificate (RCC) certifies that all rates and other municipal charges which include electricity, water, sanitation, and/or refuse are paid in full.

What Happens if I Die Without a Will in South Africa?

Having a will is one of the most important parts of estate planning and ensures that your estate is distributed according to your wishes. However, without a will in place, what happens to your estate after you die?

Plot and Plan vs Turnkey Sale Agreements in South Africa

Property buyers have several options available to them when purchasing certain developments in South Africa. Traditionally, buyers had the option to purchase either a plot or a plot-and-plan but recently, another option known as a turnkey sale was introduced into the property market.

Can You Sue Eskom for Damages Caused by Load Shedding?

Although load shedding is not technically illegal, there is some recourse available to individuals or businesses that have suffered loss or damage due to load shedding. We discuss this matter in detail in this article.

Is Load Shedding Illegal? The Legalities Explained

Load shedding has become an unfortunate part of our daily lives in South Africa. While some make light of the situation and do their best to work around regular blackouts, others suffer serious loss because of it. The question is, however, can Eskom be sued for load shedding and, if so, what does it take to win the case against them?

Life Partners will Qualify as Spouses for Intestate Succession

In a recent ruling, the Constitutional Court decided that section 1(1) of the Intestate Succession Act is unconstitutional in that it does not include life partners in relationships intended to be permanent in the definition of “spouse”.

75% of Black South Africans do not Have a Will

Not having a will can cause serious conflict between family members, and the unfortunate reality is that those closest to you are often the ones left behind with nothing to inherit. A recent study don by Sanlam shows that 75% of black South Africans do not have a will. But what exactly does this mean for the family?

Overruling of Roe v Wade – How Does This Affect Access to Abortion in South Africa?

On the 24th of June 2022, The United States Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade, declaring that the constitutional right to abortion no longer exists. The question is how this decision will impact abortion laws in other countries, including South Africa.

Supplementary 4 General Valuation Roll – City of Johannesburg

Property owners have the responsibility to check the municipal property valuation ascribed to their property. If the valuation of the property is not in line with the market value or if the categorization is incorrect, property owners must submit their objection before the objection period closes.

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