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South Africans must adhere to municipal by-laws
Government, through the Mkhambathini Local Municipality, will ensure that the Cato Ridge farmer who has turned his dwelling into a refugee camp, adheres to the municipal by-laws or faces the might of the law. The dwelling is housing hundreds of foreign nationals without it being rezoned into a residential area.

The foreign nationals were displaced from their homes in Durban during attacks in March. They are said to have refused to return to their communities, fearing victimisation.

In a statement, acting Cabinet spokesperson, Phumla Williams, said as much as government welcomes good deeds by communities to assist displaced communities, it is important for those assisting not to transgress the laws and municipal by-laws.

Gauteng steps up interventions to save water
While Gauteng has not declared drought as a disaster, the province is pulling out all the stops to save its available water and to have an efficient provincial response to the water challenge. Currently four provinces - KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, North West and Limpopo - have declared drought as a disaster, with Mpumalanga at an advanced stage of preparation for the declaration of drought as a disaster.

The Gauteng Province Water and Sanitation Forum held a meeting to formulate a concrete plan of action to respond to the water supply challenge.

The forum was approved by Gauteng Premier David Mabuza. It comprises the Department of Water and Sanitation, Provincial Government, all municipalities and other relevant stakeholders, including Rand Water and Eskom.

Dos and don'ts when selling your home
So, you’ve decided it’s time to sell your home and move on to something new, but as a first-time seller, you’re not entirely sure where to start and what to do. This is a very common situation according Bill Rawson, Chairman of the Rawson Property Group, who says their agents are often asked to advise potential sellers on what to do.

Preparing well and with the right team behind you, he says you can rest assured that a successful sale is easier than you might think. “The first thing to do is to approach a qualified real estate agent with experience in your area to conduct a market-related valuation on your property.”

The right attorney can speed up your property transfer
During a property sale transaction, selecting the right attorney for the job can make all the difference to how long the transfer process will take according to Jose De Abreu, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Property Associates and Founder and Managing Partner of De Abreu & Cohen Inc, conveyancing attorneys.

He says in the property transfer and registration process, there are usually three different conveyancers involved: the bond attorney, the bond cancellation attorney and the transferring attorney. “During the property transfer process, the bond attorney will act on behalf of the financial institution that is providing the finance to the buyer,” says De Abreu.

Buying a holiday home? Consider these five factors
As the year draws to an end, many will start making plans to go on a holiday trip and spend some time in South Africa’s top leisure destinations.

Apart from taking some time off from a busy schedule to refresh for the year ahead, it is also an excellent time for property buyers to get a feel for the market in these destinations, especially if they have plans to purchase a holiday home according to Warwick Heny, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Kowie Port Alfred, whose office is halfway between East London and Port Elizabeth on the Sunshine Coast.

He says with the property market continuing to improve, it is expected that there will be higher demand for holiday property this year than last.

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