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Contract Law: Cancelling a contract without a termination clause

An agreement that is reduced to writing is preferred because it is easy to prove the express terms of the contract. However, a party who sues on a contract must prove its terms, which can become a challenge when the term in contention is a cancellation clause that is not in the contract. Two Supreme Court of Appeal (‘SCA’) cases are analysed to illustrate what the court considers when deciding on tacit termination clauses.

In Cecil Nurse vs. Bongile Nkola 2008 (1) ALL SA 428 (SCA) the court had to determine which suretyship agreement was binding on Mr Bongile Nkola (‘the respondent’)... Read More

Contract Law: Waiver of a right to cancel: Sewpersadh v Dookie [2008] 1 All SA 286 (D)

A sale agreement had been entered into in regards to the purchase of a property. The material terms of the agreement were that the purchase of price would be paid via installments over a 24 month period. The respondent then breached the terms of agreement when he failed to pay the full purchase price. In light of such failure to pay, the applicant sent a letter to the respondent demanding compliance within seven days.

The applicant asked the court for the ejectment of the respondent from the immovable property on the ground that the agreement of sale had been cancelled... Read More

Company Law: The importance of KING IV’S principles on Corporate Governance

In light of recent events and certain professions going under review by regulatory bodies, we once again are reminded to be cognisant of the importance of applying principles of governance in an organisation that are not only proper but also effective. Corporate governance is defined by King Code IV as the exercise of ethical and effective leadership by a governing body towards the achievement of the following governance outcomes: ethical culture, good performance, effective control, and legitimacy.

In this article, focus is given to the leading governance model entrenched in King Code IV which came into effect on 1st April 2017 and has been leading organisations to date... Read More

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