My Will was drafted by my bank. But I don’t like it. There’re lots of spelling and grammatical errors, there’re a lot of clauses I don’t understand, and they’ve named the bank as my executor even though I specifically asked them not to. What can I do now?

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If you don’t like your Will, or you want to make changes to it, the easiest thing to do is draft a brand-new Will. In terms of South African law, a later-dated Will will supersede all previous Wills. Read More.....

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I employ a driver in the afternoons to collect my kids from school, drive them around to their various extramural activities, and bring them home again in the afternoons. He drives my car and I pay for all the fuel. His working hours tend to change from day-to-day depending on my kids’ diaries, so I want to pay him an hourly wage. Is there any minimum wage guideline that I need to be aware of? Read More.....

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I have a full-time housekeeper who’s been with us since October 2014. She didn’t get an increase in January 2015 because I’d only just employed her. Then this year I told her that she won’t be getting an increase from me due to the fact that I didn’t get an increase from my employer and things are a little tight. She gets paid R1900,00 per month, which is the most that I can afford and anyways is more than the minimum wage for housekeepers in the Durban area (I checked when I employed her). Plus she doesn’t really do that much – I don’t have kids, the house is small and it’s only myself, my husband and my mother living there. Now my housekeeper is continually complaining that she doesn’t earn enough. Is my housekeep entitled to an annual increase?   Read More.....

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I live in Johannesburg, and am about to employ a domestic helper to help clean my house on a one day per week basis. How much should I pay her?

Domestic helpers must not be paid less than the minimum wages set out annually by the Department of Labour in terms of Sectoral Determination 7. The minimum amount that you’d be required to pay her depends on two things: Read More.....

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