Monthly Archives: March 2014

Labournet: The hidden recorder in labour matters

Labournet examines the legal consequences of the use of hidden recorders in labour proceedings and found that with ever changing and advancing technological developments that have been made readily available to the public, employers are increasingly confronted with secret audio recordings being submitted as evidence. Technology has made it easy to capture audio recordings with small and easily concealable devices, an iPod or smartphone can record lengthy discussions without detection. This trend of behaviour can be expected given South Africa’s current socio-economic climate, which has heightened the importance of job security for many South Africans... Read More

Law of Succession: Johannes Steyn Botha N.O. v Master of the High Court and Two Others: Acceptance of a codicil not conforming to the Wills Act

Section 2 (1) (b) (i) (ii) and (iii) of the Wills Act 7 OF 1932 stipulates that no amendment made in a will executed shall be valid unless: 1. The amendment is identified by the signature of the testator in the presence of two or more competent witnesses present at the same time; 2. The amendment is further identified by the signature of such witnesses made in the presence of the testator and of each other.

In the unreported judgment of Johannes Steyn Botha N.O... Read More

Land Use Planning Law: A breakdown of demolition orders and encroachments: the latest judgments

In the recent Supreme Court of Appeal case Lester v Ndlambe Municipality and Another the court found that Section 21 of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act 103 of 1977 empowers a magistrate, on the application of any local authority or the Minister, to make an order authorising the municipality to demolish a building if that court is satisfied that the erection of the building does not comply with the provisions of the Act or any approval or authorisation granted thereunder... Read More

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