It is often said that the strength of a marriage is well-tested when the couple undertake a building contract. If their marriage survives the building process it should survive almost anything. Undertaking a building contract is undoubtedly a stressful project, whether it’s renovating, adding a room, building another story, or erecting a residence from scratch. Dinner-table talk is littered with war stories and battle scars as people exchange experiences and run-ins with building contractors. The stress of undertaking a building project can, however, be tempered with a suitable Building Contract. Read More.....

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I need some help with something that happened at work recently. Our company spent the day in a strat-conference, and afterwards a group of us stayed on for some team-building drinks. A manager in another department started making comments about me: he kept asking me to “bend over” (I was wearing a mini-skirt), suggested that they enter me in a wet-T-shirt competition (I was wearing a white blouse), said he hadn’t seen such a juicy piece of meat since his last visit to Teazers, then asked how much I charged per hour. He thought that what he was saying was hilarious and laughed at each comment, but I felt really uncomfortable about it. Then I found out this morning that the company’s doing some minor restructuring and I’ll be reporting to him from next month. I’m very unhappy about this, but I desperately need this job. Am I just over-reacting? What can I do? Read More.....

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Sexual harassment is one of those workplace issues that can generally be difficult to pinpoint. What is the difference between a friendly compliment and sexual harassment? Can you compliment her on her dress sense? What about passing a comment about how good her ass looks in those jeans? Or suggest that she put some clothes on? How about asking her out on a date? Or asking her out again after she’s said no ten times before? Is the boss a hugger? Is the boss a creepy-holding-me-too-tight-too-long hugger? Does he have an uncomfortable habit of placing his hand on your back as he peers over your shoulder to read something on your computer? Or maybe he brushes his fingers along your thigh under the table during meetings? Does he suggest booking one hotel room for you to share at the conference ‘to save costs’? Is it all ‘okay’ as long as there’s no touching? Is touching ‘okay’ as long as he doesn’t ‘mean it’? How much touching is acceptable before it becomes unacceptable? Is sexual harassment the same as sexual assault? With anything less simply being an ‘over-reaction’? Read More.....

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The Rental Housing Amendment Act 35 of 2014 was enacted on 5 November 2015. Section 4B comprises a brand-new section incorporated into the Rental Housing Act, dealing with the rights and responsibilities of landlords. Both lessors and lessees should be aware of the landlord’s rights and responsibilities in terms of this Act, and ensure that they comply with the provisions. Read More.....

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I am the majority shareholder in a software company. We’ve been approached by a very large competitor who has asked whether we’d be interested in being taken over by them. I’m not averse to this if the price is right, so I’ve appointed one of my directors to oversee the negotiations. Our head office is in Joburg but I recently moved to Cape Town which is why I can’t be as involved in the discussions as I’d like to be. I am a little hesitant though, because it involves giving our director a lot more information about the company than he would ordinarily receive. I’m also worried about the extent of our confidential company information that we need to give to our competitor – and there’s no guarantee that the sale will even go through. Is there anything that I can do to limit my risk? Read More.....

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The Rental Housing Amendment Act 35 of 2014 was enacted on 5 November 2015. Section 4A comprises a brand-new section incorporated into the Rental Housing Act, dealing with the rights and responsibilities of tenants. Both lessors and lessees should be aware of the tenant’s rights and responsibilities in terms of this Act, and ensure that they comply with the provisions. Read More.....

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