Maryna holds the BA, LLB, LLM degrees and is a Director at the Cape Town branch of STBB. She is an admitted Attorney, Notary Public, Conveyancer and Insolvency Practitioner with many years of experience in the fields of property law, conveyancing and the laws relating to corporate compliance (especially in respect of the FICA and POPIA laws). Up until 2018 she was also head of the firm’s national marketing portfolio. She is a seasoned public speaker and presenter, both in person and online. She prepares text for the majority of STBB’s internal and external publications and is editor and co-writer for two pivotal publications in the South African real estate industry – the ABC of Conveyancing (JUTA) and Delport’s South African Property Law and Practice (JUTA).

Property Law Update | Issue 05 – 2021


Haitas v Froneman and Others (1158/2019) [2021] ZASCA 1 (6 February 2021)

Our courts are often called upon to adjudicate in matters relating to a trust’s management. The present judgment is another, dealing with a request by the sole beneficiary for removal of trustees because they are not ’doing their job’. But doing the job requires of trustees to follow the instructions in the trust deed and not their own judgment or that of the beneficiaries. In practice this can become very difficult. The judgment illustrates what is expected of trustees.

The Judgment
Summary of the Judgment


Motsima and Another v Kopa and Others (2122/2019) [2021] ZAFSHC 21 (8 February 2021)

A cash-strapped homeowner, fearing the bank will repossess his property, searched on Google for assistance. He found the assistance by way of the offer of a sale of his property and then a re-purchase thereof, within a certain period. But the plans went awry and, after losing his home, the erstwhile owner cried foul. The court highlighted the requirements for a valid transfer of ownership, and applied these to the facts of the matter to ascertain whether the transfer to the new owners could be declared void.

The Judgment
Summary of the Judgment

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