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A title deed = tenure security. Or does it? This book challenges this simple equation and its apparently self-evident assumptions. It argues that two very different property paradigms characterise South Africa.
The first is the dominant paradigm of private property, referred to as an ‘edifice’, against which all other property regimes are measured and ranked. However, the majority of South Africans gain access to land and housing through very different processes, which this book calls social or off-register tenures. These tenures are poorly understood, a gap Untitled aims to address. The book reveals that ‘informal’ and customary property systems can be well organised, often providing substantial tenure security, but lack official recognition and support. This makes them difficult to service and vulnerable to elite capture.
Policy interventions usually aim to formalise these arrangements by issuing title deeds. The case studies in this book, which span both rural and urban contexts in South Africa, examine these interventions and the unintended consequences they often give rise to. Interventions based on an understanding of locally embedded property relations are more likely to succeed than those that attempt to transform them into registered tenures. However, emerging practices hit intractable obstacles associated with the ‘edifice’, which only a substantial transformation of the legal paradigms can overcome.
The Law of Contract in South Africa 3e provides a comprehensive, rigorous and accessible introduction to the principles of contract law.
The texts concise explanation assists readers to clearly understand the nuances of the subject matter, while developing applied, critical and reflective thought.
The book introduces students to the general principles of the law of succession in South Africa, integrating the common law, statutory law, constitutional perspectives, and the related customary law principles. It addresses the Civil Union Act 17 of 2006, and the Reform of Customary Law of Succession and Regulation of Related Matters Act 11 of 2009 and other legal developments.
The Law of Delict in South Africa, third edition, offers an introduction to the general principles of delictual law. Comprehensive in scope, while clear and concise, the text provides a rich contextual framework which supports understanding and application of the principles.
Scott on Cession: A Treatise on the Law in South Africa is a comprehensive exposition of the law of cession. Scott incorporates aspects of her doctoral thesis (1977), her previous book on cession, The Law of Cession, (1991) and her articles on cession that have been published in law journals. The book focuses on case law, but case law as a source of law in this branch of the law poses particular problems: some of the earlier decisions, and even recent ones, are based on Roman-Dutch law, which no longer completely satisfies current modern needs. To explain certain idiosyncrasies in the case law, Scott refers to the historical development of cession as a legal institution. The book also provides extensive commentary on certain problematic aspects of cession, using comparable legal systems, and incorporates the dogmatic foundations of the law of cession.
Part of the Juta’s Property Law Library series, this new edition offers a comprehensive and authoritative discussion of all aspects of property law in South Africa.
The 3rd edition reflects recent developments in case law and literature, and expands extensively on the new comparative sections which include asset forfeiture, constructive expropriation and the public-purpose requirement for expropriation.
The author has won international acclaim for his work in the field.
The purpose of this book is to provide a first introduction for an elementary course in property law. Introduction to Property Law was written specifically for students in such a first course on the subject, and therefore the contents are restricted to what the authors regard as essential for these students. Footnotes have not been used for the same reason; in an introductory course the emphasis should arguably fall on understanding basic concepts and principles, rather than on further sources and materials. However, extensive use is made of examples from case law. Introduction to Property Law attempts to give a picture of property law in the new constitutional system, and therefore a few chapters on the constitutional property clause and land reform have been included. This new edition is consequently also published as part of Juta's Property Law Library, which is aimed as a series to illustrate the interplay between the common law, the constitution and legal reform in a constitutional system. As an introduction, the book is different from the other volumes in the series in that it is specifically aimed at students.
This is the fifth edition of the book that has appeared for the first time in 1992 as a relatively concise text, primarily aimed at students in the law of succession. In its successive editions the book has evolved into a more general source on the South African law of succession. Through its approach, presentation and systematic method the work remains ideal for use as a textbook in courses in the law of succession. The fifth edition again strives to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the different facets of the law of succession, in the light of recent developments that have affected this branch of the law.
Law of Persons and the Family second edition is an exciting, practical, hands-on law publication that offers its readers a comprehensive introduction to the South African Law of Persons and to South African Family Law. The second edition features updates to legislation and recent case law and additional digital assets that enhance the learning experience of students and increase the educational value of the course. Introductory case studies can now also be viewed and listened to, which provides a real-life visual and auditory experience. Every chapter also includes PowerPoint slides with summaries, explanations and examples that are accompanied by voice recordings. Law of Persons and the Family second edition functions as a practical introduction to law in which students begin to engage with the law and apply the rules and principles they learn.
McKenzie's law of building and engineering contracts and arbitration is an essential reference for those connected with the construction industry. It is the leading reference work dealing with South African contract law relating specifically to engineering and building contracts.
This is the first book to explain the law applicable to the updated Joint Building Contracts Committee (JBCC) Principle Building Agreement (6th edition, 2014) and the Engineering General Conditions of Contract for Construction Works (2nd edition, 2010), which are both annexed to the book and extensively cross-referenced to assist the reader. The book also cross-references the relevant clauses of the FIDIC Contract Agreement (1999). Disputes arising out of building contracts are often referred to arbitration for solution.
This work therefore deals with the effect of the Arbitration Act 42 of 1965 and the Association of Arbitrators Standard Procedure Rules, which are also reproduced as annexures in the book.
Both the law of testate succession and the law of intestate succession are of major importance to the administrator of an estate in determining how estate assets should be distributed.
The most important aspects of these branches of the law are regulated by legislation. There are, however, aspects of the law that are based on common law and which are not governed by legislation. These matters, such as the interpretation of wills, aspects regarding the capacity to inherit, accrual and massing are also discussed.
This book comprehensively, yet succinctly, covers the use and administration of trusts in South Africa. It also serves as a useful reference to more detailed texts on the subject as well as to case law. Whilst the Trust Property Control Act 57 of 1988 sets out the minimum requirements when it comes to the formation and administration of trusts, other statutes (including the Income Tax Act, the Estate Duty Act, and the Alienation of Land Act) also have a direct bearing on how trusts are formed, administered, amended and terminated. Moreover, the common law has been a major factor in the development of trust law in South Africa. This book therefore not only deals with the legislation that is relevant to trusts, but it highlights and discusses the case law which has been an essential part of the development of the law of trusts.
This publication is a compilation of authoritative judgments and legislative provisions illustrating the basic principles of the law of damages. It is intended to provide students and practitioners with easy access to important authorities in the field of damages. The extracts from selected judgments have been arranged systematically and provided with summaries, marginal notes and cross-references. Since this casebook is intended to complement Law of Damages, the notes contain cross-references to the discussion and evaluation of the relevant principles in the latter work. There are also references to other academic comment as well as to case law.
A book that requires no introduction, Caney’s The Law of Suretyship has, for over 70 years, been an authoritative reference work for the law of suretyship in South Africa. The 6th edition incorporates significant developments since the last edition in 2002, a period in which South African courts have been very busy in this area of the law.
This latest edition once again ensures that the treatment of its subject matter is most comprehensive, whilst remaining accessible to non-specialists.
The Law of Suretyship contains three parts, each dealing with different stages in the life of a contract of surety, namely: the nature, formation and operation of the contract; the rights of the surety; and the release of the surety. Each part contains a detailed discussion of their respective topic.
The authors’ treatment of each topic is well researched and supported by a host of authority, and the main text is enhanced by additional information and further discussions in the footnotes.
The Principles of the Law of Property in South Africa provides a rich source of expertise and a lively and approachable introduction to the principles of property law. Integrating the common law, statutory law, constitutional perspectives, and the related customary law principles, the text provides all of the essential material within a comprehensive source. Designed to reflect the content of an undergraduate LLB course, the book provides thorough and informative coverage of all the important topics within the subject. The Principles of the Law of Property in South Africa includes several features to support student learning and to inspire independent, critical and reflective engagement with the subject. The book is also a useful resource for legal practitioners wishing to clarify new or foundational principles of the field.
Sectional Titles and Other Fragmented Property Schemes aims to describe the different forms of urban fragmented property schemes introduced by legislation. Therefore, the functioning of the management bodies of such schemes and the nature and effect of management and conduct rules are emphasised to indicate to what extent the idea of urban fragmented property holding has changed the property concept in the new constitutional dispensation in South Africa.
Relevant case law, new legislative developments, especially the amended Sectional Titles Act 95 of 1986, the Sectional Titles Schemes Management Act 8 of 2011, the Community Schemes Ombud Service Act 9 of 2011 and the Companies Act 71 of 2008, are discussed comprehensively to indicate how fragmented property schemes are governed and how disputes regarding use rights of individual sections and the common property of such schemes are solved.
Juta’s Property Law Library is aimed at revisiting and reassessing the whole of South African property law, which includes uncodified common law that is mostly embodied in case law, academic writing and legislation, to establish:
For this purpose, Juta’s Property Law Library will eventually consist of a number of monographs, each of which is focused on a specific aspect of property law.
Property in Minerals and Petroleum is the first major academic text to analyse the state-custodianship concept in South African law with emphasis on its application in mineral and petroleum law. As such, the book seeks to stimulate academic discourse about the impact of the incorporation of state custodianship in this field of law. The book considers the nature of mineral and petroleum rights in a state-custodianship model within a constitutional context. It clarifies the institutional regime change that lead to the regulatory context in which such rights now can be acquired, transferred or lost. The first chapter of Property in Minerals and Petroleum focuses on the constitutional imperatives for reform in mineral and petroleum law, and on the changing concepts of property and landownership that paved the way for transformation. Further chapters evaluate the pre-2004 mineral and petroleum law dispensation and address the current dispensation under the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA). The section on the MPRDA focuses on the aims and objectives of the Act; the notion of state custodianship and its impact on existing property law; the meaning of the terms `mineral' and `petroleum'; the nature, content and regulation of rights to minerals and petroleum; the acquisition, transfer and termination of such rights; and various miscellaneous aspects that straddle existing property law principles and the regulation of minerals and petroleum.
The second edition of Child Law in South Africa provides insight into the profound impact of recent legislative changes and developments in the associated regulatory frameworks, the judicial interpretation of ground-breaking case law, and the latest research findings in child law in South Africa. The work that has been done at an international level is also incorporated as far as possible within the confines of the topics addressed in this publication. This new edition of Child Law in South Africa does not merely follow in the path of its predecessor: this publication includes 11 entirely new chapters and 11 `new' authors - experts who did not contribute to the previous edition. Even the `revised' chapters add value as they systematically and critically deal with new knowledge and enhance research. Child Law in South Africa is written by 22 experts in the field, edited by Professor Trynie Boezaart, an internationally acknowledged researcher in child law, and independently peer-reviewed. The book reflects the enormous scope and dynamics involved in child law and is sure to encourage further debate and analysis.
Zimbabwe’s Constitution of 2013 provides for multi-level government at national, provincial and local level. This book explores the nature, evolution and future of this multi-level system of government against the background of international best practices.
Provincial and Local Government Reform in Zimbabwe: An analysis of the Law, Policy and Practice considers key questions about the multi-level system of government and shows how it radically differs from the old Lancaster House constitutional order.
The roles that provincial and local governments, as well as traditional leaders, fulfil in the new order are examined, the reforms needed to implement the system are outlined, and lessons to be learnt from other countries with multi-level governments are considered.
This book aims to aid the realisation of Zimbabwe’s constitutional goals of development, democracy and peace through effective multilevel governance and contributes to the international discourse on decentralisation and the role of subnational governments in Africa.
The Law of Landlord and Tenant revisits the law of landlord and tenant in light of the constitutional context to determine how this area of law has developed, especially since the pre-1994 era, to further constitutional goals.
The purpose of the volume is to place legislation, case law, academic analysis and policy considerations in the context of the constitutional framework within which private law rights are acquired, exercised and transferred or lost, but also add to existing academic commentary some sections of foreign law where the comparison might provide insight to the South African landlord-tenant context.
The last monograph to be dedicated exclusively to the law of servitudes in South African law was the 1973 edition of Hall & Kellaway: Servitudes. Since then, interesting regulatory and constitutional issues have arisen in servitude disputes. The Law of Servitudes covers the traditional areas of the law relating to servitudes, such as the nature and characteristics of servitudes, the acquisition of servitudes, the relationship between the servitude holder and the landowner (including remedies available to either party), the termination of servitudes, and includes separate chapters on praedial servitudes, personal servitudes, and statutory and public servitudes. The Law of Servitudes seeks to establish the current state of the law, seen in the context of its historical development in South Africa, as well as to consider the current position with reference to the effect of the Constitution on the development of private law.
A proper understanding of the law of contract requires far more than the mere rote learning of principles extracted from cases. Contract law is a practical subject and students will understand it best by applying contractual principles to practical, life-like scenarios. Student's guide to the law of contract fosters such an approach. It is filled with examples, exercises and problem-setting questions that increase gradually in level of complexity. This will facilitate discussion in study groups and during lectures. Spaces for the completion of exercises and summaries of prescribed cases enable students to engage actively with the learning material in one basic source. Student's guide to the law of contract can be used by lecturers as a primary teaching tool for undergraduate students to improve their students' knowledge and understanding of basic contractual principles, develop their ability to reason and stimulate their interest in the subject. Likewise, students will find it useful as an aid additional to lectures and more advanced contract law textbooks.
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