Plot-and-Plan: Great Option, Just Beware the Building Deadline

Legal
There are many benefits to the “buy and build” option when you decide to buy a house, but they come with some important cautions. One of them is that buyers who fail to build on their plots by the deadline risk penalty levies and/or buy-back (re-transfer) clauses contained in the sale agreement.  We discuss a recent SCA case (Bondev Midrand (Pty) Ltd v Puling (802/2016); Bondev Midrand (Pty) Ltd v Ramokgopa (803/2016) [2017] ZASCA 141) illustrating both the risk to buyers of a buy-back clause, and the need for developers to beware of losing their claims through prescription. Buying a house is an important and exciting experience.  One of the first decisions you must make is whether to buy an existing house (the “turnkey” option) or to buy from a developer…
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TV Cameras in the Courtroom – Media Circus or Public Right?

Legal
The Henri van Breda saga is a perfect example of how media broadcasts and livestreaming from a high-profile trial can stoke public interest and engagement. But what about the rights of witnesses to privacy and security?  And the accused person’s right to a fair trial?  How should our courts balance these rights against those of the public and the media?  An SCA judgment from the early days of the trial sets out clear guidelines… The Henri van Breda criminal trial is the latest high-profile case to have gripped the public’s imagination, and the media broadcasts and livestreaming from the Court have played a significant part in that. But there are potentially competing rights at play here - the rights of witnesses to privacy and security, the accused person’s right to…
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