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September 2020

Dear Client / Geagte Kliënt


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Vaccines in Today's World 

We live in a globalised world. It’s therefore important for us to be aware of what’s happening around us in other countries, so we know what to do when something similar shows up at our doorstep, like mandatory COVID-19 vaccines. Recently, Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, backtracked on comments made, which caused quite a stir. He initially said that he planned to get about 95% of the country vaccinated and to make coronavirus vaccinations (which will probably be available in 2021) as mandatory as possible. 

The South Australian Parliament, on the other hand, passed Legislation underpinning their No Jab No Play policy which requires children up to the age of six years to be fully vaccinated or they won’t be admitted to pre-school, child care centres, kindergarten or other early learning services from 7 August 2020. Could your child be taken away from you by social services if you refuse to have your child vaccinated? 

Then there’s of course a new Bill in the state of Victoria, which will make vaccinations mandatory for healthcare workers including doctors, nurses, dentists, cleaners, receptionists, aged care workers and paramedics. Many Australians are not happy with these forced vaccines and are planning to challenge it in court. Unfortunately, it is said that those opposed to forced vaccines have gone underground due to victimisation, name calling, intolerance and the removal of posts from various online platforms.

In South Africa, the Western Cape Province is said to have the highest recovery rate of more than 90% for COVID-19. Nationally the recovery rate is between 75 - 80%. South Africa therefore has the highest COVID-19 recovery rate in the world. It is said that the reason for the high recovery rate is because South Africa has a policy of immunising children from birth which caused them to build up antibodies which is effective against viruses. This could be one of the reasons why clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines have started in South Africa.

A clinical trial for a Corona virus vaccine called Ox1Cov-19 Vaccine VIDA started in June 2020. Two other corona virus vaccines will be tested on South Africans in September 2020. They are a Johnson & Johnson vaccine called Ad26.COV2-S and a Novavax vaccine (funded by Bill Gates) called NVX-CoV2373. Up to 12 000 volunteers are expected to participate in these clinical trials. South Africans took to social media wanting to know why our government allows people to be used as guinea pigs for US vaccines. An online article published by the Daily Maverick in August 2020 quotes Dr Glenda Gray, president and CEO of the South African Medical Research Council as saying that “a positive spin-off of participating in trials in South Africa is that it will be easier to negotiate for access to a successful Covid-19 vaccine for citizens once it is registered through the manufacturing companies or financing schemes at a global level. It is also important to see how South Africans respond to the vaccine…We are hoping for an efficacy rate of above 50%. That would be good and above 75% would be great."

Over the years there have been claims, however, that vaccines caused death and injuries such as anaphylaxis, auto-immune issues, encephalitis, autism, eczema, food allergies, ovarian tumour, premature menopause, seizures and SIDS (sudden death syndrome). Despite paying out more than $4 billion to people who claim to have been harmed by vaccines over the past 3 decades, the head of the US Vaccine Injury Compensation (VIC) Program and others claim that vaccines are safe. 

What’s interesting is that in the United States private pharmaceutical companies have a unique arrangement with the US government. Those who manufacture vaccines are indemnified by the US government from lawsuits. The justification for this is that if the government restricts individual rights for the collective good then the government should assume responsibility for the consequences. But why do these companies need indemnity for creating vaccines if they are confident in the safety of their products? Developing countries don’t have such programmes and the only compensation for people injured by vaccines is to claim it from the manufacturer through the courts. Such claims are difficult to prove.

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent calls to introduce universal healthcare coverage and a National Health Insurance (NHI) system in South Africa have been criticised by members of the public. Where is the money going to come from to pay for it? About 5% of South Africans are already paying for social assistance given to 90% of South Africans leaving many with no money for savings or investments. It is clear that South Africans don’t need mandatory COVID-19 vaccines, because as pointed out we have the highest recovery rate in the world. If it does become mandatory in the future, how are South Africans going to pay for these vaccines when more than 40% are unemployed or is the plan to have the NHI pay for it?

Should COVID-19 vaccines become mandatory in South Africa in the future one of the best ways to challenge it in court would probably be to raise a concern about the possible harmful content of the vaccines itself and a call on Pharmaceutical companies to reveal the content of these vaccines, the side effects thereof and the harm it could cause people.

Whatever your view is on vaccines…respect, tolerance and allowing others to voice opposing views freely without victimisation or being demonised creates a healthy and happy society…naturally. 

Groete / Regards

Hennie, Eberhard & Cheryl-Anne  
Direkteure |  Directors
 
 
 
 
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POPIA & The Estate Agent
Things are about to change in the world of data protection, and it will effect everyone in the property industry: from landlords and letting agents, through to sellers and tenants, everyone will be touched by the new regulations in one way or another.
 
The key question will be obvious –“What does it mean for me as Estate Agent?” and “What do I need to know and what must I do?”

We thought it would be a good idea to give you a brief overview of how the changes may affect you and give you a little information on what your next actions in this regard should be.

We hope it makes your “POPIA”-life that little bit easier. 😉
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Eiendom: Moenie Dubbele Kommissie betaal nie!  
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Eienaars wat poog om hul eiendom in die heersende ekonomiese klimaat te verkoop, moet vele uitdagings trotseer. Hulle sal beslis die risiko van dubbele kommissie (wat beteken dat die volle kommissiebedrag aan twee verskillende agentskappe betaal moet word) wil vermy.

Waar meer as een agentskap jou eiendom bemark en op een of ander stadium met die uiteindelike koper omgaan, kan verwarring en geskille oor watter agentskap die “effektiewe oorsaak” van die verkoop was, al te maklik ontstaan. ’n Onlangse uitspraak van die Hooggeregshof dien as goeie illustrasie hiervan.

Ons Howe kan kommissie aan beide agente toeken “waar dit onmoontlik is om in terme van kousaliteit (of grade van kousaliteit) tussen die pogings van een agent en dié van ’n ander te onderskei.” (Eie vertaling)

Ons deel ’n paar gedagtes oor hoe verkopers, kopers en agente hulself in so ’n situasie kan beskerm.
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Directors, Trustees: Can You Hold Your AGMs and General Meetings on Zoom?
Even with the lockdown easing, it seems likely that the need for social distancing will be part of our “new normal” for quite some time to come.

So how as a company director do you comply with the Companies Act’s strict requirements to hold Annual General Meetings? What if you need to call an interim General Meeting? 

We discuss the option of holding these meetings either wholly or partly online. “Virtual meetings” are very much part of our law, but certain formal requirements need to be complied with. We discuss these as they apply to companies, directors, shareholders and bodies corporate/Home Owners Associations.  
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Die opsie om huurkontrakte te hernu – Risiko’s vir Verhuurders en Huurders  
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Huurkontrakte bevat dikwels klousules wat ‘n “opsie om te hernu” bevat. Verhuurders en huurders moet seker maak dat hierdie klousules duidelik is en die regte bewoording bevat. 

Aan die hand van vier onlangse hofsake kyk ons na die volgende aspekte: hoe billikheid (in die lig van ubuntu en die oorweging van openbare belang) teenoor die uitdruklike bepalings van die huurkontrak opgeweeg word, die gevare van onsekerheid waar die bepalings van hernuwing nie duidelik is nie, veral rakende die nuwe huurbedrag, hoe dispute besleg moet word en laastens die belangrikheid vir die huurder om ingevolge die voorskrifte van die ooreenkoms kennis te gee van sy voorneme om te hernu.
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