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 06 – 2017


Argent Industrial Investment (Pty) Ltd v Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (17808/2016) [2017] ZAGPJHC 14 (13 February 2017)

This judgment is an important acknowledgement of property owners’ rights when faced with large and delayed municipal utility bills. Here the owner received and paid water bills based on an estimated reading over a period of about 5.5 years. When thereafter the municipality took an actual reading, it became apparent that the actual consumption and the estimate differed and the owner was billed for an additional R1,1 million. Did the charges older than three years prescribe, or was the municipality correct in arguing that prescription only commenced running when the owner was billed?

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The Judgment
Summary of the Judgment


In this, the fourteenth set of notes for your STSMA Reference Guide, section 15 of the Act is discussed.

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Section 15 of the Act – Recovery from owners of unsatisfied judgment against bodies corporate and non-liability of bodies corporate for debts and obligations of developers
(N.B. Print in landscape)

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