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The new CSOS and STSM Acts

By now you might have heard, or will already be aware, of the changes shaking up the community schemes world. On 7 October 2016, the Community Schemes Ombud Service (CSOS) Act and the Sectional Titles Schemes Management (STSM) Act, together…

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Penalty Rule and Enforceability of the Fine

In order for a penalty rule to be binding on the body corporate, enforceable and the fine recoverable, it must be entrenched in the governance documentation of the scheme. It therefore needs to be contained in either the management or conduct rules. The first…

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Three ways for trustees to take resolutions

Trustees, as the executive of the body corporate, are tasked with the day-to-day management of the scheme. This means that they need to meet regularly to discuss governance issues and take resolutions. As trustees are mostly volunteers who offer their time…

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Visitor parking bays in sectional title schemes

It’s no secret that parking creates many problems in sectional title schemes. This is especially the case in older schemes that were built in a time where not many people owned cars. Nowadays families have at least two cars. The limited availability of parking…

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Beat the interest rate blues

With the rand tanking and inflation rising as a result, most economists are agreed that the Reserve Bank will have to start raising rates sooner rather than later – and probably by more than would otherwise have been expected this…

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City of Cape Town to buy solar power from an Office park

The Black River Park, an office park in Cape Town with tenants including Sunglass Hut, Gijima and Brandhouse, has completed an expansion of its solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation facilities and will be selling its surplus power to the City…

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R28m make-over for False Bay Nature Reserve

False Bay Nature Reserve has been spruced up at a cost of R28 million, enhancing the recreational area on the eastern shore of Zeekoevlei. The upgrade includes four new ablution facilities, road access and parking, braai areas, a new hall…

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Dog owners must be clear on sectional title rules

If there was ever a dog that could win a case on looks alone, Theodore was that dog. Only a fine canine would motivate a high court judge to open his judgment by remarking on the “rather striking Saint Bernard”….

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New plans for Cape Town’s Greenmarket square

The City of Cape Town’s plans to lease Greenmarket Square for five years has been given the thumbs up by the Cape Town Partnership. “Appreciating the need to create and maintain excellent public spaces, we share the city’s vision to…

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Old Philippi cement factory to become ‘core of central suburbs’

The old cement factory in Philippi, Cape Town is undergoing a multimillion-rand metamorphosis that will, over the next several years, include a four-story hotel, a nightclub, a private hospital and an education zone and the biggest “container” shopping mile in…

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