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Succession: are you and your farming business ready?

Succession: are you and your farming business ready?

Succession planning of the family farm is often taken for granted as the transition to the next generation is assumed to be an uncomplicated process. Little or no thought is...
Can a bequest of agricultural land to more than one beneficiary be regarded as valid?

Subdivision of Agricultural Land Act 70 of 1970

In South Africa, a testator or testatrix has the freedom to leave their assets to whoever they please. But certain statutory limitations affect the freedom of testation. One is the...
What butchers and abattoirs look for

What butchers and abattoirs look for

To increase your profit, you need to know the age and body condition of your animals and what prices to expect from the markets. Remember, a heavier carcass may not...
Smartphone apps – a clever weapon against intruders

Smartphone apps – a clever weapon against intruders

With the development of new, customised technology, a smartphone can function as a highly effective crime prevention and safety device.
Estate Duty and Donations Tax increase

Estate Duty and Donations Tax increase

Estate Duty is a tax which is payable by every person who dies and who was ordinarily resident* in South Africa at the date of death or who was not...
Water availability: crucial to profitable livestock production

Water availability: crucial to profitable livestock production

Fresh water is becoming an ever-scarcer resource. This places all forms of agriculture, including livestock farming, under increasing pressure, warns Shane Brody.
Diversifying your income with UK retirement investments

Diversifying your income with UK retirement investments

The repo rate in South Africa has been slashed from 6.75% to 6.5%. Typically, a decrease in interest rates causes house price growth, so it’s great news for the property...
Waste management fundamentals

Waste management fundamentals

By law, you are required to store or dispose of waste responsibly. Failure to do so may result in a fine. More seriously, it harms the environment.
Keeping the farm in the family

Keeping the farm in the family

A big concern for farm owners is how to ensure their farms stay in the family for generations to come.
Proper estate planning is necessary

Proper estate planning is necessary

Proper estate planning can spare future generations much unhappiness and legal costs especially where the succession of agricultural property is involved.
The basics of subdividing:

The basics of subdividing

The assistance of a land surveyor is key to ensuring lawful procedure. Altus Strydom, chairperson of the South African Geomatics Institute, spoke to Gerhard Uys.
When to postpone a disciplinary hearing

When to postpone a disciplinary hearing

Holding a disciplinary hearing must follow due process. This includes taking into account when to postpone the hearing.

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