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Kramer Villion Norris - KVN July 2016
Neighbours Behaving Badly: Nip Illegal Building In The Bud!
Bad neighbours don’t just impinge on your enjoyment of your property; they can also cause serious harm to its value.  So if you notice illegal building activity next door, move quickly to nip the problem in the bud.  

Your hand in this regard has just been strengthened.  An important new decision by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) confirms that you aren’t limited to trying to compel the municipality to enforce its own building and zoning laws – you can apply for demolition directly.
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Starting A Business? The Partnership Option  
Directors, Managers – Your New Risk Of “Cartel Conduct” Criminal Liability Is Even Wider Than Reported  
Tax Season Starts 1 July: Your Deadlines  
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” (Helen Keller) 

In our last article in the series “Choosing the right legal entity for your business” we looked at the sole proprietorship option.  Let’s move on to the partnership option, where a group of business owners replaces the sole owner/trader.
Government’s determination to crack down on cartel conduct is evidenced in the newly-introduced criminal liabilities imposed on individuals by amendments to the Competition Act.  Offending businesses already face substantial penalties, and now any director or manager of a business guilty of causing or permitting it to engage in a “prohibited practice” is also personally liable to prosecution, risking heavy fines (up to R500,000) and/or imprisonment (up to 10 years). 

SARS has published the new Tax Season deadlines for individuals.

Your important dates for filing your ITR12 Tax Return Form for the period 1 March 2015 to 29 February 2016 are –
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Your July Website: Protect Your Online Privacy With Privacy Badger
Every time you surf the Internet, your activities are tracked by a host of commercial operations and governments.  The depth of information they accumulate on you is staggering and will at the very least expose you to marketing and advertising targeted to your online behaviour patterns.
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