Annetjie Coetsee is a practising Attorney, Notary Public and Conveyancer, operating from both the Cape Town and Helderberg branches of STBB. Her responsibilities include: Director of STBB, branch head of Somerset West office, Executive member and head of the Development Law Unit. The specialized Development Law Unit has nine specialists addressing development requirements in the fields of planning law, environmental law, construction law, renewable energy law and, very importantly, local government law. She is a practicing Conveyancer (dealing with a conglomerate of property related matters such as sectional titles, developments, bonds, transfers and municipal work for local councils). Although she specialises in conveyancing she is a family law attorney, with a special interest in the constitutional law aspects regarding children’s rights. She is part of the marketing department and takes care of the brand development on a national level. Annetjie is further responsible for compliance and reporting initiatives. She is involved with substantial research activities relating to the property market and property investment and communicates interesting and relevant facts to her clients and the media, conducts Legal Updates for banks and estate agents. Her knowledge and insurmountable experience in the property market and connections with key roleplayers in the property industry makes her an invaluable ally to any property investor.

From the desk of Annetjie | On-Selling Of Water Use Rights Ruled Unlawful

The practice of re-selling water use rights in the agricultural sector has been declared unlawful by a full bench of the Gauteng High Court in a judgment handed down last month, 19 June 2020.

The Court held that: (i) Section 25 of the National Water Act 36 of 1998 does not make provision for such practice ; there is also no authority in the Act permitting the holders of water use entitlements to sell such entitlements; and (iii), the sale of water use entitlements amounts to the privatisation of water, which is not in line with the National Water Act.

The practice allows holders of water rights to ‘choose’ their successors and locks previously disadvantaged role-players out of the sector.