VDMA ranked as Top Law Firm in South Africa for Unlisted Transactions Deal Value for First Quarter 2015 by leading industry publication Dealmakers

The Ratings are as follows:   We would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our valued clients who have entrusted us with their transactional work in the first quarter of 2015. We are again very grateful for your continued support and loyalty. Furthermore, we would like to thank our [...]

The Constitutional Court’s stance on Mr Shuttleworth’s case

In the South African Reserve Bank and Another v Shuttleworth and Another (CCT194/14, CCT199/14) [2015] ZACC 17 (18 June 2015), the case which has been deliberated extensively and contended through the hierarchy of the South African judicial system, the Constitutional Court (“CC”) has made a decision on the various challenges which Mr Shuttleworth has brought [...]

Final Liquidation Order does not dismiss Business Rescue Opportunities

The process of business rescue as provided for in the Companies Act 71 of 2008 (“the Companies Act”), which although is still experiencing some teething issues, has become well established within business practice and has become a worthy alternative to the statutory norm of liquidation. One of the main topics in the business rescue process [...]

Consumer Protection Act and its application to residential leases- is it in the ordinary course of business of the lessor?

In order for the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 “CPA” to apply to a lease agreement, the lessee must qualify as a consumer, and the lessor must qualify as a supplier as defined in theCPA. The issue that will be focused on is whether a lessor of residential premises qualifies as a supplier under [...]

Suing a Foreign Company

Jurisdiction refers to the ability of a particular court to hear a matter which has been brought before it and to grant the appropriate relief in respect thereof. Generally, South African courts enjoy jurisdiction over persons (natural and juristic), resident or domiciled in the particular court’s geographical area or in respect of causes of action [...]

Is it a Sign(ature)?

When an agreement contains a non-variation clause, it is settled law that the agreement cannot be altered by oral agreement between the parties.  From the locus classicus this mechanism has become known as the Shiffren Straight Jacket and was later confirmed in the case of Brisley v Drotsky 2002 (4) SA 1 (SCA). In the [...]

Broad application of Section 197 of the Labour Relations Act

Section 197 of the Labour Relations Act No. 99 of 1995 (“the Labour Relations Act”) provides that if a transfer of a business takes place - the new employer is automatically substituted in the place of the old employer in respect of all contracts of employment in existence immediately before the date of transfer; all [...]

Unlawful Levying of Interest and Contractual Implications

A warning regarding charging interest on deferred payments – the recent SCA judgment in Vesagie NO & others v Erwee NO & another (734/2013) [2014] ZASCA 121 (19 September 2014) confirms that the sale contract will be void ab initio if the seller is not a registered credit provider in terms of the National Credit [...]

Attendance of international event

Pieter van der Merwe attended the Globalaw European meeting in Madrid Spain. earlier in March. His report was that it is evident from the discussions with colleagues within the group that it seems that the global economy improving. Further many European based businesses are exploring migrating into emerging and new markets which will be promising [...]

3 Grounds for Fair Dismissal

According to South African law there are only three grounds for the fair dismissal of an employee, namely the conduct of the employee, the capacity of the employee and the operational requirements of the employer's business. 1.Conduct of the employee In order for the dismissal to be regarded as fair: The employee must have contravened [...]

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