Should I have to tolerate Corporate Bullying?

Should I have to tolerate Corporate Bullying?

Every employee has the right to be treated with dignity and respect in the workplace, and employees do not have to tolerate bullying by employers. Bullying in the workplace is a serious matter that should not be taken lightly; trying to ignore it may only make it worse. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to address the problem of a workplace bully, whether they are a colleague or your employer. Defining Bullying Workplace bullying links to feelings of…

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CONDUCTING SLAUGHTERING RITUALS IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD IN URBAN AREAS

CONDUCTING SLAUGHTERING RITUALS IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD IN URBAN AREAS

Slaughtering for the purpose of showing gratitude, asking for protection or asking for healing from ancestors has been an African cultural tradition dating back hundreds of years. Animals included in the rituals are chickens, goats, cows and sheep, depending on the nature of the ceremony. Many arguments strike between traditionalist and animal cruelty activists, especially when the tradition is conducted in urban areas, near other neighbours. However, for the neighbourhood to get along, compromises must be made. What laws protect…

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LEGALISATION OF DOCUMENTS FOR USE ABROAD OR IN SA: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

LEGALISATION OF DOCUMENTS FOR USE ABROAD OR IN SA: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

You need to send a South African document overseas for business purposes or you are selling your South African property while you are working and residing in the United Kingdom.  What are the requirements for the documentation to be accepted and deemed to be valid and binding for the purpose for which it was executed? The High Court Act 59 of 1959 prescribes the formalities to be complied with regarding documents which have been signed outside of South Africa for…

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IS YOUR BUSINESS BEING LIQUIDATED?

IS YOUR BUSINESS BEING LIQUIDATED?

Many businesses fail and consequently have to face financial crises that few recover from and in most instances, results in business owners shutting doors for good. If your business has no assets or liabilities, the more simpler process of deregistration takes place. The liquidation process needs to be followed if your business has assets, liabilities or both. The Liquidation of Your Business Liquidation is the process by which your company or close corporation effectively declares itself insolvent. Your business can undergo voluntary liquidation, where you choose to voluntarily liquidate it,…

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MY EX’S NEW PARTNER IS ABUSIVE TO MY CHILDREN

MY EX’S NEW PARTNER IS ABUSIVE TO MY CHILDREN

It is important for a child to have access to both parents, and in a situation where both parents were actively involved in the child’s life, the access to both parents should be as equal as possible. As much as you don’t want to pry on your ex’s time with your children, what should you do if your ex’s new partner is abusive towards your child? Section 28(1)(d) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa states that every…

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TEAM BUILDING JUNE 2017

TEAM BUILDING JUNE 2017

The Personnel committee being Reinett Joubert, Wilna Stassen and Zelda Novella organized the Team Building event held on Friday 2 June. We were divided into three teams with a goal to compete with each other for the best potjie in MHI. First there was a game of Lost Island with a few hidden treasures that needed to be discovered before the clock started on the potjies. The orange team calling themselves Shrimply Delicious boasted a starter with mussel soup and…

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RESCISSION OF DEFAULT JUDGEMENT

RESCISSION OF DEFAULT JUDGEMENT

You borrowed money from a friend or family member and they have since obtained Default Judgement against you for non-payment of an amount owing to them, which led to you being blacklisted. What can you do now? If you didn’t defend a summons issued against you for payment of money to a Plaintiff (Creditor), the Plaintiff will ask the court to grant a judgement against you (Defendant/Debtor), which remains valid for 30 years. In the event that you feel dissatisfied…

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CREDIT BUREAUS: CAN I BE BLACKLISTED?

CREDIT BUREAUS: CAN I BE BLACKLISTED?

There is no such thing as a black list. It simply means that there are negative data on your credit report that is hosted at a Credit Bureau. This negative data can be anything, from a plain collection on one of your loans right through Judgment data or even Debt review. This negative data will have an impact on your ability to get loans or open retail accounts as the credit provider will see this negative behaviour towards your current…

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UNOPPOSED AND OPPOSED DIVORCE: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

UNOPPOSED AND OPPOSED DIVORCE: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

My spouse said that he/she won’t ‘give me a divorce’. What can I do? Your spouse can oppose the divorce, but it is the Court that grants a divorce, not your spouse. If you convince the court that the marital relationship has irretrievably broken down, the court can grant a decree of divorce even if your spouse does not want to get divorced. There is a process, called a ‘rule 58’ application, whereby you can ask the court to give…

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WE ARE PROUD!

WE ARE PROUD!

We are proud to announce that two of our Attorneys obtained further qualifications. Riëtte Smuts was admitted as a Notary Public and Michelle Taljaard was admitted as a Conveyancer. Riëtte matriculated in 2002 and completed her diploma in Secretarial Studies in 2004 at Durbanville College.  She started her career as a conveyancing secretary in November 2004.  She studied part-time through UNISA from 2006 and obtained her LLB degree in 2012. She completed her articles at Honey Attorneys (now Brink de…

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