Assault

Assault

What is assault and what should you do if you are assaulted? The very word “assault” understandably sparks fear and alarm in many people. Although assault can be verbal, we most often associate assault with a physical act. In South African law, assault is a criminal offence defined as the unlawful or intentional application of […]

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Changes to your will

Last Will and Testament

What happens if the terms of your will change? We recently wrote about the risks associated with intestacy. If you die intestate – without a will – your estate is subject to the provisions of the Intestate Succession Act 81 of 1987, which we outlined in the article mentioned. A client asked us what would […]

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Contract disputes

Contract Dispute

When promises in contracts fall short: a legal perspective A contract dispute is a conflict or disagreement between parties. Disputes occur when there are differing views or claims regarding the terms, obligations, or rights outlined in the contract. Some of the most common causes of disputes include ambiguity in the terms used – vague or […]

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Intestacy

Intestacy

What happens when you die without a will? Death is not something we like to contemplate, but it will come to us all. Benjamin Franklin is credited with the saying, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” None of us knows the hour of our death, and most would say that’s a good thing, but […]

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Sexual harassment in the workplace

Sexual Harassment

What is the Code and what does it mean for employers and employees? Have you or has someone you know been sexually harassed at work? The likelihood is significant: approximately 30% of women had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, according to a 2019 survey by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). The Labour […]

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Domestic workers’ rights

Domestic worker

Compensation for work-related injuries There are 869,000 domestic workers in South Africa, comprising 5.2% of the population, as at the end of March, 2024. Many of us rely on domestic workers to relieve us of the burden of cleaning our own homes, looking after our children, and perhaps cooking our meals. For many workers, women […]

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Breaking chains: understanding the complex barriers to leaving an abusive relationship

Let 16 Days of Activism this year be the last you spend in an abusive relationship Abusive relationships take many forms. We have written about the dynamics of abusive relationships and the signs of abuse. Abuse may be physical, emotional/psychological (gaslighting, controlling you), sexual, financial (restricting your access to funds or your ability to work), […]

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Robbery vs. burglary – what’s the difference?

Robbery and burglary

Robbery and burglary are used interchangeably but they have different meanings in law Have you ever had a break-in or home invasion? If so, you’re one of more than 1.1 million households that experienced housebreaking incidents in the 2022/23 period, according to Stats SA. But did you experience a robbery or a burglary? These terms […]

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Bletchley Declaration – saving the world or serving no purpose?

Bletchley Declaration

What the AI Safety Summit and the Bletchley Declaration mean for the future of AI Key Points: Generative AI and large language models (LLMs): Development of generative AI and the use of LLMs like ChatGPT have brought AI into the public spotlight AI risks include: Factual error (e.g., “hallucinations”, or made-up sources) Disinformation and manipulation […]

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