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March 16, 2018

Tenants, listen up! We have some useful hints for you

No exit inspection, no rental deposit deduction, simple – but the refunding of rental deposits is a massive cause of conflict between tenants and landlords.

Here’s how it is supposed to work: tenants are made to pay a deposit, which is usually a month’s rent before they move in, to cover the landlord should they move out, still owing rent or if there is damage to the property.

The deposit has to be put in an interest-bearing account and then refunded with interest when the tenant moves out. That is if the property is in the same condition as it was when it was let out originally.

The Rental Housing Act is very specific about how that is documented. [...]

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March 15, 2018

Who will be hit hardest by land redistribution without compensation

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema again made headlines over the past weekend with controversial comments on land ownership in South Africa.

Speaking at a supporter rally in Johannesburg, Malema said that the land in South Africa was taken by whites through genocide, and would be returned to the people.

In his address, the party leader was careful to word things in a way that did not overtly incite racial tensions, saying that the land should be taken from white people, and given to all (white people included), while maintaining that there should be no disruption to agricultural food supply, and no civil war.

“We are not going to disrupt [...]

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March 9, 2018

Mashaba releases initial findings of investigation into storm damage

Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba on Tuesday announced the provisional findings of an investigation into housing developments.

Two people died after homes in large parts of the city were destroyed during severe storms.

Some of the initial findings point the finger at poor approval processes for construction permits. Officials also intend to approach banks linked to the investigation.

More than 3‚000 homes suffered extensive damage in Protea Glen‚ Lawley‚ Braamfischerville‚ Slovo Park‚ Snake Park‚ Doornkop‚ Meadowlands‚ Westbury‚ Alexandra‚ Lefhureng and Fleurhof.

Read Mashaba’s full statement below:

Investigation into local disaster – Mashaba notes [...]

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March 2, 2018

Julius Malema to lead motion on expropriation of land without compensation

On Tuesday, the EFF leader will tell Parliament that an ad hoc committee should be established to review and amend section 25 of the Constitution.

EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: ALAISTER RUSSELL

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema will be in Parliament on Tuesday, to lead a motion on expropriation of land without compensation.

Eighty-five minutes have been set aside to consider the draft resolution at a plenary sitting of the National Assembly.

In the resolution‚ the party proposes that an ad hoc committee be established to review and amend section 25 of the Constitution to make it possible for the state to expropriate land in the public [...]

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