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On the road and in an accident – What to know and what to do

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The peak travel period for the festive season is upon us and whether you’re involved in a bumper bashing or a more serious crash, whether you’re a driver, passenger or even an onlooker here’s a five-step guide on what to do after a vehicle accident: Step 1 – Stop and call for help Stop your car and switch on your hazards to warn other drivers to be careful. If it is safe to do so, climb out of your car to check if anyone has been injured. If someone has been injured, contact an ambulance, or rescue unit. It’s critical that...

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Best of Ekurhuleni – Best Law Firm 2021 – Hammond Pole Attorneys

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  The results are in. Hammond Pole Attorneys has been announced as the Best Law Firm in the Best of Ekurhuleni Readers’ Choice Awards 2021. This is the fourth time the company has won this prestigious award, having won it three years in a row in 2017, 2018 and 2019, firmly establishing it as a favourite in the local community.     The Awards, which gives the residents of Ekurhuleni the chance to vote for their preferred local businesses and organisations, has been running since 2015 (no awards took place in 2020 due to COVID-19) and is an indicator of the best the East...

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Women of South Africa – Know Your Rights

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“And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” - Mark Anthony, The Beautiful Truth Every year, during National Women’s Month social media platforms increase awareness about gender-based violence (GBV) against women, which domestic violence is the most common of all gender-based violence, not only in South Africa, but across the globe. This has created a synopsis of cases reported in the media which sadly does not even signify the actual figures of daily cases where women have...

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Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) Judgement

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Written by: Dylon Fisher and Salome Labuschagne   High Courts Have to hear matters even if quantum is within Magistrate’s Court jurisdiction.   In the past attorneys and financial institutions have been disallowed from instituting action out of the majority of the High Court where the quantum is less than R400 000, which has caused havoc with everyone’s processes and efficiency. We are pleased to note that this has now changed for the better.   In the matter of Std Bank vs Thobejane and Std Bank vs Mponga, the Supreme Court of Appeal which is the highest court in the country for these matters, has ruled that...

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Is vaccination in the workplace compulsory?

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Employers have until 2 July to update their Workplace Plan with regards to mandatory vaccinations.   For most, that would seem to be a plot in a science fiction movie, especially in South Africa, which for all intents and purposes is a poster child country with extensive human rights enshrined by our Constitution. Surely no one can force someone to get the COVID-19 vaccination, especially when the President himself left the decision to its citizens?   Directive from Government   An updated Consolidated Direction on Occupational Health and Safety was released by the Department of Employment and Labour on the 11th of June 2021 and it...

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Working from Home: What’s the law?

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While it certainly is more comfortable, are you legally obligated to work in the office if you feel unsafe doing so? What are your rights as an employee when it comes to working from home?   Unlike when we had our first lockdown, this current third wave is different! We are no longer dealing with the state of shock that we all experienced previously due to acclimatising to a new way of life. The shock has now passed, and most of us just want to get on with business as usual.   Covid-19 forced radical, immediate developments within most industries. Most companies jumped into...

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Cyber-attacks and Business Email Compromise

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Cyber-attacks and Business Email Compromise (“BEC”) in commerce have become a major concern for attorney firms and their clients alike. Neil Mc Kinon, Attorney and Conveyancer at Hammond Pole explains the reality of email interceptions and email compromise.   According to a global survey conducted by Mimecast Cyber Security Services in 2020, 6 out of 10 companies globally suffered a Ransomware attack and, given the rise in digital activity over the last year, email threats increased by 64%. Also, according to a report by Accenture in May 2020, South Africa has the third most cybercrime victims, losing R2.2 Billion a year.   Who is...

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POPI Act: Under the magnifying glass

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Michelle Orsmond, Attorney, Notary Public & Conveyancer at Hammond Pole Attorneys shares valuable insight on the what the POPIA Act is all about, the importance of compliance and the fact that consent is not always necessary. What is POPI and when did it start? The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPIA) forms part of South Africa's Privacy Data law and its purpose is to protect Personal Information together with the requirements for the processing of Personal Information. The POPI Act gives effect to the constitutional right to privacy, by safeguarding personal information when processed by a responsible party, subject to...

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Religious Marriages and the results thereof

Marriage in South Africa exists in a number of different forms, as a result of the diversity of religions and cultures in the country. This article has been written by Michelle Orsmond, an in-house Family Law expert at Hammond Pole Attorneys.  In this article, we take a brief look at foreign and customary marriages and the implications thereof when entering into such a marriage. Religious marriages, more in particular Muslim Marriages, have no legislative framework governing them. These religious marriages are not legally recognized as having the same legal status as civil marriages in terms of the Marriage Act 25 of 1961. The consequence of...

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Civil Marriages

Civil Marriages

To establish the contractual capacities of the parties who enter into an agreement, it is of utmost importance to first confirm these parties' marital status. This will determine the positions in which the parties can act in terms of concluding an agreement. Civil marriage is a marriage that entered into between a man and a woman. More particular, the parties are of the opposite sex. In terms of South African Law, there are three types of Civil Marriages, and they are as follows: -           A marriage in community of property; -           A marriage out of community of property, with the inclusion of the accrual...

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