Maryna holds the BA, LLB, LLM degrees and is a Director at the Cape Town offices of STBB. She is an admitted Attorney, Notary Public and Conveyancer with many years of experience in the field of property law and conveyancing. She is also the firm's Marketing Director and attends to external publications for the firm as well as conducts ongoing training for estate agent and bankers training and is a regular seminar presenter for attorneys and property practitioners.

Property Law Update | Issue 02 – 2019

ONCE-OFF LENDERS NEED TO REGISTER WITH CREDIT REGULATOR

Du Bruyn NO and Others v Karsten (929/2017) [2018] ZASCA 143; 2019 (1) SA 403 (SCA) (28 September 2018)

For a while now in our law, there was some uncertainty whether or not a person who makes a once-off arm’s length loan to another really needs to register with the Credit Regulator in order to ensure that the law treats the agreement as valid and binding. In this matter, the Supreme Court of Appeal held that this was indeed the condition stated in the National Credit Act. Despite the apparent reasonableness of not requiring such registration in such instance, the Court stated that it was bound to give effect to the clear and unambiguous wording of the Act.

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TAKE CARE HOW YOU WORD YOUR WILL AND TRUST DOCUMENT WHEN MAKING PROVISION FOR DESCENDANTS

Harvey NO and Others v Crawford NO and Others (1016/2017) [2018] ZASCA 147 (17 October 2018)

This judgment deals with a stinging issue: where a trust donor made provision that his children’s descendants or’ issue’ would inherit, would this include the adopted children of his daughter who never had her own children? At the time the Trust deed was executed (1953), the Wills Act required that such will or trust deed should clearly convey an intention to include them, otherwise they would be excluded. The applicable legislative provisions have changed over time, but our law still upholds the principle of freedom of testation.

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The Judgment
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