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 39 – 2015


EThekwini Municipality v Mounthaven (Pty) Ltd (1985/2014) [2015] ZAKZDHC 78
(30 September 2015)

When transferring vacant land, a local authority may add a condition to the transaction that if the purchaser does not erect certain buildings on the property within a given period, it is entitled to re-transfer of the property. This is exactly what the municipality sought in this matter. The purchaser however pleaded prescription, arguing that the municipality’s claim was a “debt” and as such had to be brought within 3 years after expiry of the period in which the purchaser had to erect buildings. Was this a “debt” that could prescribe?

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The Judgment
Summary of the Judgment



Government Gazette 39341, dated
30 October 2015

A correction Notice was issued on the 30th of last month regarding the Property B-BBEE Sector Codes of Good Practice that appeared in Gazette 39320 of 23 October 2015. The correction notice made it clear that the Code has been released for comment and not for immediate implementation, as the earlier Notice appeared to indicate.

The proposed new Code will apply to the entire spectrum of residential and commercial property enterprises, be it privately or publicly owned, and to related services. On this basis, it has implications for land zoned for development, community schemes, property and facility management, estate agents, property brokers, facility and property management, property valuation and property regulators.

The public/interested parties have 60 days from 30 October 2015 onwards in which to make comment on the proposed new Code.

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Government Gazette 39341 – (Page 1-25) [1MB]
Government Gazette 39341 – (Page 26-46) [1MB]
Government Gazette 39341 – (Page 47-57) [646KB]
Government Gazette 39341 – (Page 58-74) [564KB]

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