LEASE WORDING: AGREEING TO AGREE TO RENEW ON NEW TERMS: ENFORCEABLE?
Violetshelf Investments (Pty) Ltd v Chetty (24858/18)  ZAGPJHC 1 (28 January 2019)
This judgment deals with the scenario where a tenant is granted an option to renew a lease “provided that the parties agree in writing to the rental, conditions and provisions” of the new lease. Such a provision, if a court were to enforce it, would be to coerce a landlord to conclude an agreement with a tenant with whom it perhaps no longer wants to have as a tenant. In our law it is unenforceable, unless a way out is provided for. The judgement illustrates how.
EXPROPRIATION BY LOCAL AUTHORITY: DECISION-MAKER MUST BE APPRISED OF ALL FACTS
Kohler Bricks (Pty) Ltd v City of Cape Town and Another (21362/2017)  ZAWCHC 6 (15 February 2019)
When there is real urgency to secure continued access to a landfill for solid waste disposal, a municipality can contemplate issuing expropriation notices to ensure it can address waste generated daily in its jurisdiction. The matter in consideration dealt with a scenario where the City approved an expropriation notice after it seemed that they had reached a deadlock in negotiating access to the landfill. However, as a last resort, between the initial commencement of the paperwork to effect expropriation and submitting it to the mayor’s office for sign-off, the land-owner granted an extension to the City. This was not communicated to the decision-maker and the notice was issued. Was this fair administrative action as required by PAJA?