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 21 – 2016


Koukoudis and Another v Abrina and Another (20747/2014) [2016] ZASCA 95 (2 June 2016)

The interesting question that arose in this matter was whether X can institute a claim against Y, arguing that X suffered substantial financial losses due to Y’s (allegedly vindictive) exercise of a right bestowed on Y by law, in this instance the right to raise an objection to development proposals. The Supreme Court of Appeal here explains how courts will approach such a claim.

The Judgment
Summary of the Judgment



Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd v Miracle Mile Investments 67 (Pty) Ltd and Another (187/2015) [2016] ZASCA 91 (1 June 2016)

Prescription of the right to claim repayment of a loan will send shivers down the spine of every money lender. The dispute in this matter dealt with the alleged prescription of a R14 million debt under a loan that contained an acceleration clause entitling the bank to claim the full outstanding amount payable on the debtor’s breach. The issue raised was whether the three year prescription countdown started on the date of the debtor’s failure to pay the monthly instalment, or from the date on which the bank notified the debtor that it is enforcing the acceleration clause.

The Judgment
Summary of the Judgment.

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