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  • With the re-opening of the land claim process in terms of the Restitution of Land Rights Act; the period for lodging land claims has been re-opened for a further five years until 30 June 2019.
  • The Electrical Machinery Regulations (“the Regulations”) published in terms of the Occupational Health & Safety Act No. 85 of 1993 (“the Act”) have provided for certain obligations upon transfer of a property.
  • He popped the question, she said yes…and they all lived happily ever after!
    While getting married can be an exciting time, it is important to remember that all your efforts should not be focused on one spectacular day, but on a lifetime of love and...
  • Today, about 60 percent of couples live together before a marriage. Some people are of the opinion that if they live together they are as good as married, which is simply not the case. There is no common law marriage in South African law...
  • Good fences make good neigbours, or so the adage goes. This is not always the case but very few of us want to kick up a fuss about a plant that is growing over our fence which we have to constantly cut back, or the fact that Mrs Soap’s mulberry tree is dropping fruit all over our garden and is...
  • Previously, payment of a pension benefit to a former spouse of a member of the Government Employees Pension Fund had to wait to be paid only when that member exited the GEPF. The case of Wiese v Government Employees Pension Fund changed this.
  • The law imposes a duty (arising by its operation and not through contract) upon one person to support another when three requirements are satisfied:

    • The person claiming support must be unable to support himself;
    • The person from whom support is claimed must be able to support the...
  • Ever since the South African democratic elections in 1994 South Africans have been bombarded with phrases like ‘access to justice’ and ‘rights for all’. This seems to have been somewhat addressed in the amendments to the Magistrate Court Act, Act 32 of 1944 and its relating regulatory Rules of...
  • An option to renew a lease allows the tenant to continue occupying the premises after the initial term of the lease has expired.The question arises whether the clause in the lease relating to the option to renew is valid and binding?
  • Recent advancements in South African law has had the effect of pitching our legal system far ahead of most other countries. With the enactment of the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008, South Africa is now on par with consumers in first world countries.
  • South African Smoking legislation has become increasingly stringent over the last decade affecting smokers and non-smokers alike.
  • Over the past few years there have been a number of high profile contractual disputes that have arisen between players and clubs in the sporting world. South African sport is now very much in a professional era. Clubs are willing to spend vast sums of money to secure and retain the services of their...
  • What happens if you die without a will?

    In South Africa there is an Act, namely the Intestate Succession Act 81 of 1987 which regulates how the estate of a person who dies without a will is dealt with.
  • No one can foresee when one is likely to die. Upon death, it assists your family and loved ones greatly if you have your affairs in order.
  • Are you organised? In contemplating your retirement it is prudent to ensure that all your affairs are in order.
  • Attention all Businesses, Public and Private! It's time to shift your business into gear and compile your businesses manual!
  • Recently, a family were all killed in a car accident. As they had all died in the accident, there was no heir in terms of their Wills who could inherit, which meant that their estates would have to devolve according to Intestate Law.
  • South African Law does not allow any party to a valid contract to unilaterally set aside a contract simply because she changed her mind. The need to protect vulnerable purchasers, however, has received much attention and has necessitated the implementatio


J Leslie Smith & Co Inc responded to Reach Out's appeal for blankets by donating a large number blankets to their blanket campaign. The handover of blankets to Melanie from Reachout took place before the chilly weather set in so people could benefit and
67 Minutes – Mandela Day
Why only on this one day should we do something for 67 minutes when in fact we could make this a monthly event? The ladies, and gentlemen who wish to join in, get together on the last Friday of the month and during lunch hour sit in the boardroom and cr
Donation to SAPS at Grass Roots Level
We at J Leslie Smith & Company Inc are committed to making our contribution to the community. So when an article appeared in a local newspaper regarding the lack of lawnmowers at the Alexandra Road Police Station due to a financial crisis, our managing director, Vaugn Daly, acted quickly to swoop in and rescue the situation.