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 16 – 2016


Bondev Midrand (Pty) Limited v Ramokgopa (72637/2013) [2015] ZAGPPHC (27 October 2015)

Developers often include a clause in their agreements requiring purchasers to erect buildings on the stands bought within a given time, so as to prompt establishment of a township without vacant lots. Depending on the wording employed, and despite this provision being registered in a title deed and granting the developer the right to claim re-transfer if the buildings were not timeously erected, the right to claim re-transfer can prescribe in the hands of the developer, as this judgment shows.

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Summary of the Judgment



Blair Atholl Homeowners Association v The City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (20634/2014) [2015] ZASCA 195 (1 December 2015)

This matter relates to the homeowners’ association and developer in an upmarket estate disputing why they were required to pay equivalent rates to property owners outside the estate when they maintain their own services in the estate. The Supreme Court of Appeal found that neither the Constitution, which gives municipalities the power to levy rates on property, nor the Rates Act links municipal property services with rates. It was thus not inequitable for the property owners to be charged equivalent rates to differently situated ratepayers.

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The Judgment
Summary of the Judgment

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