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Author Archive: Simon Dippenaar | SD Law Cape Town

Silver splitters – grey divorce and the Gateses

“Silver splitters” – what are the issues for later-life divorce? The average age for divorce in South Africa is 41 for women and 45 for men. 44% of divorces happen between five and nine years of marriage. But there is a growing trend for couples to divorce later in life, personified in the high-profile divorce […]

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27 April – did you know these 10 facts about Freedom Day?

10 facts about Freedom Day

We celebrate Freedom Day every year – but how much do you know about it? April is a wonderful month, packed with public holidays (especially if you count 1 May – Workers’ Day, although this year it falls on a Saturday so it doesn’t feel as much like a holiday). But how much do you […]

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COVID-19 vaccines and your rights and responsibilities

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What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine The government announced on Friday (16 April) that the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) is open for those over the age of 60. Vaccination of healthcare workers is ongoing and, though incomplete, will continue concurrently with the next phase of the roll-out. Registration is underway, but […]

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Online harassment – Chrissy Teigen leaves Twitter, citing abuse and hate

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TV personality, cookbook author and former model posted final tweets to 13.7m followers before shutting down account Reprinted from the Guardian, by Ankita Rao – 2021-03-25 Chrissy Teigen: ‘My desire to be liked and fear of pissing people off has made me somebody you didn’t sign up for, and a different human than I started […]

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Women tell men how to make them feel safe after Sarah Everard disappearance

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You may have heard the shocking story of Sarah Everard, a London woman who went missing and was later found dead, a police officer arrested on suspicion of her murder. She was walking home from a friend’s house around 9.00 in the evening, an act that should be perfectly safe (in London, if not in […]

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End femicide: 278 dead – the hidden scandal of older women killed by men

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This article is from the UK’s Guardian newspaper. It contains some shocking statistics on violence against older women. We are sharing it because we believe this happens in our society as well, and these victims are invisible. We know that gender-based violence is endemic in South Africa, but we think of it in the context […]

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Adjusted Alert Level 1 – the state of play regarding evictions

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What is permitted under the new, “adjusted” Alert Level 1 It’s hard to keep up. The regulations for each Alert Level seem to vary each time a level is announced. Adjusted Level 3 was not the same as Level 3 first time round, and the same appears to hold true for Adjusted Level 1. So […]

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How to evict a tenant without being sued

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Follow these 10 dos and don’ts for eviction and avoid litigation We often hear from clients: “I need to evict my tenant. But I’m worried I’ll be sued.” While we’re nothing like the US in terms of readiness to sue, society is becoming more litigious (which means “tending to take legal action to settle disputes”). […]

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Do children benefit from divorce?

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It may sound odd, but children can benefit from their parents’ divorce Much has been written about the damage caused to children by divorce, but is there another side to the story? Are there ways in which children benefit from divorce? Experts believe they can and do. Let’s look at some of the ways divorce […]

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