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December 2014 NEWSLETTER
The Golf Estate Rules That Sent A St Bernard To The Doghouse
“To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs” (Aldous Huxley)

Living in a residential estate means submitting yourself to all rules and regulations lawfully imposed by the estate’s management on residents.  A recent High Court judgment illustrates.
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Are You About To Forfeit Your Annual Leave?
ArticleImage The Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) sets a minimum of 15 annual days’ leave, and provides that this leave must be taken within 6 months of the end of your annual leave cycle.  Clearly this is to encourage you to follow the healthy route of taking your leave regularly rather than accumulating it by working without a break for years on end.

Until recently however there have been conflicting court decisions as to whether or not such leave is automatically forfeited if not taken within the 6 month period.
   
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Agree, For The Law Is Costly”: Use The New Mediation Rules
ArticleImage “Agree, for the law is costly” (old proverb)
Our justice system has just taken an exciting new step towards broadening access to justice.  From 1 December a new “court-annexed” mediation procedure will be available (piloting initially in Gauteng and North West) to help resolve disputes without the high costs, delays and hostilities often associated with litigation.

In areas where “court-annexed” mediation is not yet available, you should still consider the existing “private” mediation procedures for settlement of your disputes.  Mediation is increasingly being used by both attorneys and their clients, and hopefully this trend will be given a further boost by the introduction of the new procedures.
   
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Property Sellers And Alien Invaders – Your New Duty To Disclose
ArticleImage “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect” (Chief Seathl)

Property sellers: Your lives have just been made more difficult, albeit in the best of causes.  NEMBA (The National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act) imposes onerous duties on landowners and others for the control or eradication of listed plants, animals, birds, fish etc deemed to be invasive (and therefore destructive of our environment, our biodiversity, our livelihoods and our economic development).
   
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CIPC’s Festive Season Closing Dates
ArticleImage CIPC (Companies and Intellectual Property Commission) offices will be closed to the public from 10 a.m. on Wednesday 24 December 2014 to 8 a.m. on Friday 2 January 2015.

Lodgment of documents will be accepted on Tuesday 23 December 2014 until 3.30 p.m.
   














The December Websites: Relax ….. Unwind ….. Recharge Your Batteries For 2015
ArticleImage Time to recharge your batteries in readiness for a happy and productive 2015.

Relax, unwind a bit.  

Enjoy these totally random ideas to help you on your way –
   
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