If you’re a social media user then by now you’ve probably come across people going nuts over the coconut war that’s taken over Facebook. Briefly, the story is as follows:

It seems a woman named Jenna started a business called Coconut Connection, trading the enterprise as a sole proprietor. Over a few years she builds her brand, her client base and her Facebook page. In August 2016, she is joined in the business by a friend, Heather, and together they ride the coconut craze. Then, on 27 April 2017, Jenna wakes up to find that Heather has effectively locked her out of the Coconut Connection Facebook page by deleting her as an admin. In addition, it appears that Heather: Read More.....

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The financial year end has come and gone, and accountants are by-and-large finished with calculating how much profit they’ll be reporting to shareholders, and how little they’ll be reporting to SARS. But what about the staff bonuses? Every year employers find themselves facing the same old challenge: employees demanding “their” annual bonuses. Companies find themselves asking “Must I pay my staff a performance bonus? Profit bonus? Ad hoc bonus? Is the payment of a bonus legally required in South Africa?” Meanwhile, employees are asking “I didn’t get a bonus this year – aren’t I entitled to one?” Read More.....

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Previously, in Check that Fake CV – Part III…

(Missed the previous installments? Click here for Parts I, II and III.)

A beautifully crafted, shamelessly fabricated CV has caught the employer’s eye, and its owner has been shortlisted for an interview. Our Pulitzer Prize nominee proves to be multi-talented, pulling off an Oscar-winning performance in the interview. The selection committee is salivating at the gem they think they’ve found, oblivious to the fact that this “gem” is nothing more than cheap plastic destined to break within weeks after the appointment has been finalised. Read More.....

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By now you’ve probably heard it all. The $10,653,876 you won in a lottery you didn’t enter; the unclaimed jewels in a safe-deposit box just waiting for you to take ownership; the lonely widow looking for someone nice to bequest her millions to; the critically ill child whose very survival depends on your generosity; the Microsoft / Google / Apple / Coca-cola competition that you’ve won; the substantial inheritance left to you by someone bearing your surname. A cursory glance at your deleted items and junk folder will probably unearth a few more whoppers. There’s also many a joker who has taken delight in turning the tables and leading the would-be fraudster down a few garden paths. But scamming is no laughing matter. Staying ahead of the professional scammer in today’s world is a high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse. The aim of the game is to avoid getting caught. Read More.....

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There’s one word that strikes fear in the hearts of business owners: Suretyship. It’s guaranteed to send them fleeing for the hills. Many businessmen and women have suffered untold abuse at the hands of creditors who have manipulated them using suretyships and guarantees. On the other hand, there’s many a creditor berating themselves for failing to get a suretyship before granting credit to their now defaulting debtor. Let’s face it: the suretyship can be a useful business tool. If used correctly, fairly and with clarity on the parameters. A suretyship can grant companies access to the credit they so desperately need, while giving creditors the comfort to release goods before payment is made. But there needs to be a balance between the competing interests of debtor and creditor. All too often we hear of creditors upsetting this balance by trying to claim more than what the surety originally bargained for. Read More.....

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It’s well-known that the owner of a property is legally obligated to follow the home owner association rules and codes of conduct. But what about the tenant? The tenant enters a lease agreement with the owner, which makes the tenant contractually bound to the owner. But there’s no contract between the tenant and the Homeowners Association. So is the tenant obliged to follow the home owner association rules and codes of conduct? Read More.....

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It all seemed like a good idea at the time. Sitting around the table at the monthly management meeting, someone moans about how boring the company’s marketing has become. There’s no spark, no excitement! This triggers an avalanche of ideas culminating in a plan so deviously simple that everyone marvels that they haven’t tried it before. A competition! But not just any competition. Entry is secured only after the customer buys a minimum amount of product. Customers can also be persuaded to obtain extra entries, for a fee, of course. And at the end of it, the winner will be, *gasp* Mr B! Who happens to be the Big Boss’ husband. And who will, quietly and magnanimously, “return” the prize of an awesome overseas holiday to the company. The money raised from selling tickets will fund the marketing campaign, and the extra product sold will be a boon for company and sales staff alike. What you’d call a win-win solution! For the company, that is. You’ll forgive the customers for not embracing this scheme with the same sense of excitement. Read More.....

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