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 23 – 2020


Rabe Bouers CC v Chaya (2328/2015) [2020] ZALMPPHC 83 (30 October 2020)
The Housing Consumers Protection Measures Act has a double-edged sword. If the home builder is not registered with the NHBRC, has not paid the fees and enrolled the homes that he’s building for a housing consumer (his client), then the builder may not demand payment from him. By the same token, such non-compliance reduces the housing consumer’s recourse against the NHBRC in the event of poor workmanship. The judgment illustrates the considerations in respect of building construction practically.

The Judgment
Summary of the Judgment


Govindasamy and Another v Pillay and Others (D7270/2015) [2020] ZAKZDHC 49 (12 October 2020)
This judgment tells the story of a deceased person who, when doing his estate planning, made over the family home to his two children and stated that it may only be sold if both were to agree thereto. It is with reluctance that a court will order that a will must be amended, even where an agreement between the heirs appear impossible to achieve. The application in this matter was successful and the judgment explains the considerations that a court will weigh up in respect of deceased estates before doing so.

The Judgment
Summary of the Judgment

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