Leslie Downie

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About Leslie Downie

Leslie Downie is one of the attorneys at Michalsons. You can read her articles below or find out more about her.

President told to change the way SA decides who gets land

The advisory panel on land reform and agriculture advises the President to change the way land beneficiaries are selected. They want new Beneficiary Selection Guidelines to decide which people must get land first. What land is given to state beneficiaries? [...]

By |2019-08-07T20:56:25+02:00August 7th, 2019|Categories: Information Law|Tags: , |

Compulsory disclosures about land ownership

The Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture recommends compulsory disclosures about land ownership. A declaration process similar to FICA would be used. What disclosures must owners make now? The Deeds Registry Act says individual owners must identify themselves [...]

By |2019-08-07T20:56:27+02:00August 7th, 2019|Categories: Information Law|Tags: , |

Presidential Panel targets churches, mining houses and urban landlords

The Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture spotlights land belonging to churches, mining houses and urban landlords for distribution for reform. It urges them to donate this land to the landless. Internal conflict over whether to donate is [...]

By |2019-08-07T20:56:30+02:00August 7th, 2019|Categories: Information Law|Tags: , , , |

President told we need a new land information system

The Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture made their final report to the President public on 28 July. It says immediate action is necessary for a Land Records Bill. This will be the main driver of South African land [...]

By |2019-08-07T20:57:08+02:00August 7th, 2019|Categories: Information Law|Tags: , , |

Drafting and Interpretation of Statutes – Plain Language and Postmodernism

The drafting and interpretation of statutes is important because without them there would be no common understanding of what the rules are. South Africans are proud of having a democratic constitution. It is a legal guideline for right and wrong [...]

By |2019-02-22T16:51:23+02:00April 13th, 2016|Categories: Plain Language|Tags: , |