Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Law of Agency: Makate and the Vodacom blunder

Kieren Sharpley considers the impact of the recent case of KN Makate v Vodacom on the law of agency in South Africa. Known as the  “The Please Call Me -case”), it sought to clarify the confusion surrounding the principles of actual authority, apparent or ostensible authority and when estoppel should be invoked as an appropriate case.

The case also narrowed the definition of debt as contained in the Prescription Act, and reaffirmed that pacta de contrahendo (agreements to agree or to contract in the future) were enforceable in South African Law... Read More



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