A reader has approached our Property Poser experts with a query regarding outstanding repairs on a property he has been renting for over a year. The reader writes that he and his wife took occupation in May last year, at which time the landlord undertook to complete certain repairs within three weeks. More than a year later, there are still problems that need to be repaired. Among them are damages to the roof and ceiling caused by a major leak following heavy rains in November. The reader reports that the landlord's insurer paid the associated claim but that the landlord failed to make the necessary repairs, despite undertaking to complete them by December. Earlier this year, a leak in the main bedroom was handled, on the landlord's advice, by placing a bucket beneath it. The leak had been there from the inception of the lease but a few coats of paint had obscured it. To make matters worse, there is apparently also a damp problem in the second bedroom. The reader would like to know if he can withhold rental or what other remedies he has at his disposal. The Rental Housing Act applies in the current situation, says Schalk van der Merwe from Rawson Properties Helderberg in Cape Town. "The Act provides that the landlord and tenant should jointly inspect the property before occupation." Van der Merwe says the purpose of this is to identify and determine the extent of any aspects requiring repair or to ensure that any defects are listed in an annexure to the lease, so that the tenant is not later accused of causing the damage. "Our reader and the landlord seem to have carried out such an inspection but the landlord appears to have reneged on his undertaking to carry out the identified repairs." Although the reader has not mentioned whether there is a written lease in place, the Act makes provision for certain aspects of the parties' relationship to be put in writing in the agreement, says Van der Merwe. "The Act also provides that the . . .
Kathleen Rice, Director, Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr The Protection from Harassment Act affords the victims of harassment an effective remedy against harassment. If you are a victim of harassment, you may approach the magistrates' courts in terms of this Act to obtain a protection order against any person who is harassing you. A person who breaches a protection order may be criminally charged and, if found guilty, held liable to a fine or imprisonment. 1 WHAT IS HARASSMENT ? Harassment is any conduct (whether it be direct or indirect) that the perpetrator knows or ought to know will cause mental, psychological, physical or economic harm or inspires the reasonable belief on the part of the victim and that harm will be caused to a person (referred to in the Act as the "complainant") or any member of the family or household of the complainant or any other person in a close relationship with the complainant. The Act refers to any member of the family, household of the complainant or any person in a close relationship with the complainant as a "related person". Harassment includes: • unreasonably following, watching, pursuing or accosting a person (or related person) or loitering outside of or near a building or place where a person (or related person) resides, works, carries on business, studies or happens to be • unreasonable verbal, electronic or other communication (regardless of whether or not conversation ensues) • unreasonable sending or delivery of letters, telegrams, packages, faxes, email to a person (or related person) • sexual harassment Bullying (including cyber bullying) is a form of harassment covered by the Act. 2 WHAT IS A PROTECTION ORDER? A protection order is a court order granted by the magistrates' court prohibiting the perpetrator from engaging in or attempting to engage in harassment or enlisting the help of another person to do so. A protection order may contain a list of specific acts . . .
Nine of South Africa's top universities will gather in Port Elizabeth next week when the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University hosts the national student cycling championships. The University Sports South Africa event, presented by Bestmed, starts on June 25 with the mountain bike events and the opening stage of the three-day road tour. The reigning champion men's and women's teams, from the University of Pretoria and the Potchefstroom campus of North-West University respectively, will return to defend their titles against some of the country's top up-and-coming talent. According to NMMU's cycling manager Theresa Le Roux, this will be only the second time that the university has hosted the event. The last occasion was in 2008, when the host institution also walked away with the overall honours. Spearheading the Shukuma-NMMU attack this year will be former national downhill racer and team captain Wesley Augustyn, who is also the brother of international pro John-Lee. Gerrit Nel, Marinus Prinsloo, Waldo Gronum, Phillip Erasmus, Henno Cronje, Sean Bos and Matthew Hayter complete the local line-up. "The top rider at the champs this year will definitely be Timo Cooper from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, who is currently one of the top mountain bike racers in South Africa," said Le Roux. Cooper, who races for a pro outfit, finished third overall at last weekend's RE:CM Knysna 200 alongside his German team-mate Nico Pfitzenmaier. Le Roux said the road programme would kick off at 9am on the Wednesday morning with an 84.4km stage for the men and 62.2km for the women from Altona Primary School. This would be followed at 2pm by a 10km time-trial opposite the back entrance of the university on Marine Drive. "Thursday morning it's a 120km stage for the men and 90km for the women, starting at 9am on our South Campus." The racing finishes on Friday with a 2.4km hill climb on the corner of Seaview and Link Roads in the morning and a . . .
President Mandela has always had a special place in his heart for children. A wall where expo visitors can write a personal message to former President Nelson Mandela has been constructed at the African Education Week and Career Indaba that is starting at the Sandton Convention Centre tomorrow. Dr Mamphela Ramphele, leader of Agang SA, will deliver the keynote address during the opening session on Thursday morning, 20 June at 09h00. More than 7000 teachers and learners are expected at the seventh annual African Education Week and Career Indaba which end on Saturday 22 June. The events form the largest meeting and trading platform of its kind on the continent for everyone who is passionate about improving the standard of education in Africa. The conference will focus on topics such as STEM* education, improving FET colleges and the role of social media and technology in the classroom. The events also offer teachers free, practical courses to improve their classroom and technical skills and learners can attend talks on career choices and how to find a job after matric. *STEM=Science, technology, engineering, mathematics Happy birthday Madiba The special wish wall for Mr Mandela is a large 2 x 4m stretched canvas, with the heading: “To Nelson Mandela: Thank you Madiba” and will be displayed on the expo floor of the Career Indaba, which more than 5000 learners and students are expected to visit this week from Thursday. All visitors are welcome to write a message to the former South African president and human rights legend. Says programme director Claire O’Connell: “everyone knows that former President Mandela has always had a special place in his heart for children. Even before Mr Mandela was admitted to hospital, we were going to have a wall so that everyone could wish him a happy 95th birthday on 18 July. Now that Mr Mandela is unwell, we have even more reason to show that we are all thinking of him and send him positive messages of support and to . . .
With over 400 delegates at the 2011 and 2012 events collectively, the 2013 conference promises to be even better and more informative. Trade Conference’s International is once again hosting the 3rd Annual Payments Southern Africa Conference 2013 which is one of our most significant events. Project Manager Jabu Sibiya said, “This event will once again highlight the tracking and developments of the payment industry in the SADC region. This event will reflect Trade Conferences International’s commitment to organising leading banking and retailing events.” Trade Conferences International has organised popular banking events such as the Mobile Banking Southern Africa Conference, the Core Banking Conference and the Debt Collection Conference. Richard Ketley,Director, Genesis Analytics; Bevan Ducasse, Chief Executive Officer, WiGroup; Pieter de Wet, Chairman, Global Prepaid Exchange Southern Africa and Kim Dancey, Consumer Empowerment, FinMark Trust are some of the respectable speakers that will address the leading Payments Southern Africa Conference & Exhibition 2013. Delegates attending this event will be up to date with the latest news and trends in payments industry, acquire more knowledge, network with experts in the payment industry and build sustainable business relationships. Trade Conferences International invites all personnel dealing with payments, mobile banking, cards and ATMS, online and electronic banking, digital channels, retail banking, payment products, legal compliance, transactional banking, product development, credit and inclusive banking to attend thi URL: http://www.tci-sa.co.za/brochures/payments_brochure_2013_2.pdf Twitter: www.twitter.co/tcisa Facebook: YouTube: Author: Sian Wirth from Trade Conferences International. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None To gain access to None image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
Hopewell Conservation Estate will be hosting a public showcase this July. Organisers are inviting the public, events coordinators and company executives to take a tour of the reserve which features a fully equipped function venue as well as a number of residential stands. Designed by award winning architect, Richard Stretton, the contemporary architecture of the reception building is suitable for a variety of functions, including weddings, parties, teambuilding and corporate events. Surrounded by a pristine nature reserve, Hopewell is a showcase of the Eastern Cape’s natural heritage just minutes away from Newton Park. Detailed plans of residential homes have been prepared by Stretton who focuses on sustainable “green” architecture. His contemporary designs make use of the natural stone and other materials found in the area, and are designed to complement the home owner’s lifestyle. The Hopewell Conservation Estate showcase will feature delicious Belgian chocolate delights, exquisite wines and fantastic food. Sit back and relax to the sounds of country vibes from the Two Tone band, surrounded by nature-inspired works of art. The showcase will also include a culinary experience by Dean Dickinson from Imagination Foods. Other exhibitors include designer Johan Wolmerans, Ian Zaaiman Photography, Chocalat, Winezani Wines, Ebony Earth furniture, and artists Duncan Stewart, Shelley- Anne Graham, Banele Njadayi and Graham Jones. To book your spot at the showcase, contact Kevin Taylor for more details: 079 502 0035 or firstname.lastname@example.org The showcase will take place on: Friday 5 July: 16h00 - High tea experience Saturday 6 July: 10h00 - Welcome drinks & snacks 12h00 - Homemade soups & Mediterranean breads 14h00 - Cooking demo by Dean Dickson of Imagination Foods URL: Twitter: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SiyathethaCommunications?ref=ts&fref=ts YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from . Originally distributed by . . .
TLC Deep Cleanse Make–Up Remover Facial Wipes for Sensitive and Normal Skin was announced Product of the Year in the Facial Wipes category at the annual Product of the Year awards ceremony. This announcement recently took place at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg. Sensitive skin requires extra care. The TLC Deep Cleanse Make-Up Remover Facial Wipes for Sensitive and Normal Skin that comes in packs of 40 and 60 wipes, have been uniquely developed for extra sensitive skin. They contain essential ingredients, such as chamomile extract to soothe the skin and Panthenol (Provitamin B5) to nourish and soften the skin. TLC Wipes were launched in South Africa seven years ago, and they continue to be the facial cleansing wipes of choice for women from all walks of life who realise that looking good doesn’t need to cost time and money, and choose to simplify their cleansing regime down to one easy step. TLC Wipes are available from major retailers and pharmacies countrywide. About Product of the Year Product of the Year is the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation. Established 25 years ago in France, product of the year currently operates in 28 countries with the same purpose: guide consumers to the best products in their market and reward manufactures for quality and innovation. In South Africa, the product of the Year seal is backed by the votes of 5 000 consumers, serving as a shortcut for shoppers in the market, saving them time and money. For manufactures of the winning products, the award is a powerful marketing message proven to increase product trial, awareness, distribution and sales. Product of the Year accepts entries every year from consumer packaged goods that demonstrate innovation and were launched within the previous year. Entered products are chosen as a winner in its category through a nationally representative online study conducted by A.C Nielsen, the world’s largest research agency that conducts research . . .
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) was vindicated in the South Gauteng High Court on 12 June 2013 when an application brought by the Minister of Police to review, set aside and substitute its findings and recommendations was dismissed. The SAHRC's findings related to the ordeal suffered by Chumani Maxwele, the UCT student who was allegedly harassed, detained and abused by members of the President's Special Protection Unit (SPU) in 2010 for supposedly making a rude gesture with his middle finger. After the incident Maxwele lodged a complaint with the FW De Klerk Foundation's Centre for Constitutional Rights who escalated the complaint to the SAHRC. Kerry Plots, a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution Department at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc, acted for the SAHRC. She explains that, "the Centre for Constitutional Rights referred the complaint to the SAHRC because certain of Maxwele's human rights were violated, including his rights to human dignity, security and freedom of the person, privacy, freedom of expression, peaceful and unarmed demonstration, political freedom, and the rights afforded to detained persons." "In May 2010 the SAHRC advised the Section Head of the SPU of the complaint lodged by the Centre for Constitutional Rights and requested a substantive response from the Minister of Police. The SAHRC is still waiting for that response" Plots says. "Notwithstanding numerous letters and phone calls the only response received from the Minister was on 27 August 2010 when the SAHRC was told that the Minister's opinion was that, because criminal charges were pending and because Maxwele intended to institute an action for damages, it should be left to the courts to pronounce on the matter." Having received no substantive response from the Minister, the SAHRC handed down its findings and recommendations on 6 July 2011. After examining the evidence before it, the SAHRC found that Maxwele's human rights had been violated by the . . .
The Competition Commission (Commission) has published draft terms of reference for its market inquiry into the private healthcare sector (draft terms of reference) for public comment by the extended date of 25 June 2013. “It was announced on 8 March 2013 that section 6 of the Competition Amendment Act, No 1 of 2009 (Competition Amendment Act) will come into force on 1 April 2013. The Commission made no secret of its intention to institute a market inquiry into the private healthcare sector. However, with the market inquiry provisions of the Competition Amendment Act coming into force, the Commission now has the scope to conduct a market inquiry with more vigour as it is empowered with much wider and more focused investigatory powers. This will enable it to extract the information it deems necessary to conduct its inquiry without requiring the Commission to have reasonable grounds to believe that a particular form or forms of anticompetitive conduct is taking place,” explains Leana Engelbrecht, Associate in the Competition Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr business law firm. Engelbrecht says that it is in this context that the Commission has published the draft terms of reference. As stated by the Commission in the introduction of the draft terms of reference, "these terms of reference set out the scope of market inquiry, it identifies the factors that give the Commission reason to believe that there are features of the private healthcare market that may prevent, distort or restrict competition, and sets out the expected timelines for the inquiry." “The Commission will focus its market inquiry identified segments within the private healthcare market, being healthcare providers, hospitals, medical aid schemes, medical aid administrators and medical aid brokers (surprisingly pharmaceutical companies are not expressly identified as a focus of the market inquiry). The key focus of the market inquiry, although not the only aspect with which the inquiry is . . .
One lucky rider's raffle ticket paid handsome dividends when he walked away with R50 000 worth of unit trusts at the recent RE:CM Knysna 200 mountain bike race. Unlike many other stage races, which put the emphasis on prize money for the professionals only, the three-day Garden Route event set out to reward participants across the board. The lucky draw prize, courtesy of the title sponsor, was won by Digby Webb of Little Mowbray in Cape Town. A delighted Webb, who finished 71st overall alongside team-mate David Jones, said he had thoroughly enjoyed his debut at the event. "Despite the chilly wet weather, the vibe was festive, my bike held out and we had a very consistent result. "The organisation was great, the food was perfect and of course the mountain biking and routes were top-notch. I even got to ride a bit with Victor Matfield – how awesome is that?" The 44-year-old said he had decided to enter the R250 raffle because it was in aid of a good cause. All proceeds went to the development of underprivileged youngsters at the Knysna Sport School. Webb, who works in IT infrastructure consultancy and sales, said he already had plans for his long-term investment. "I suppose the first thing that comes to mind is saving for my two daughters' tertiary education." In an increasingly tough economic climate, he said the investment fit perfectly with his existing portfolio. "One always feels as though, with inflation, you can never be too confident that you have all your bases covered." According to RE:CM chief executive officer Jan van Niekerk, the prize perfectly echoed the event's rider-centric focus. "It was also imperative for us to give back to the community in the region." As a sponsor of professional mountain biking, Van Niekerk said it was appropriate to support an initiative that developed future sporting talent. "Naturally, RE:CM has an objective of not only sponsoring the race to build brand awareness, but to turn that . . .