SELLER CANNOT TRANSFER: BLAME THE MORTGAGEE?
Jessop v Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa and Another (42379/2012)  ZAGPJHC 208
(16 September 2015)
Seeking transfer of a share in property in terms of a sale agreement, the purchaser in this matter launched an action against the mortgagee arguing that, since a bond was registered in the latter’s favour after the agreement of sale was entered into, it caused the purchaser damages. The court held that despite the fact that the mortgagee had knowledge of the sale agreement, it was the seller, as owner of the property, that gives the instruction to register a bond over property. As such, the fact that the seller refused transfer because he could not cover the obligation under the bond, was not a consequence that the mortgagee was responsible for.
LAND SURVEY: INCORRECT UPDATE OF SERVITUDE
Great Force Investments 124 (Pty) Limited v Surveyor-General, Cape Town and Others (4348/2013)  ZAWCHC 127
(25 August 2015)
This judgment has a unique set of facts and deals with an incorrect updating of a 1886 diagram in the office of the Surveyor General, leading to incorrect reflection of certain servitude rights that existed in respect of two neighbouring properties. The court noted that the actions by the office of the Surveyor General constituted administrative action and because section 33(1) of the Constitution entrenches the right to just administrative action, the Surveyor General’s decision was capable of review.