Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith has 26 years of conveyancing experience, including subdivisions, township developments, sectional title developments, servitudes, usufruct transfers, general transfers, mortgage bonds, and uses his tax background to structure complicated transactions in the most tax efficient manner.

Urban Densification

What is urban densification and how does it affect you? The Council has a policy of encouraging more and more people to live and occupy the existing areas within the city of Johannesburg. The practical effect is to allow developers to erect more and more smaller and more compact apartments in the city. The City …

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Sectional Title vs. Freehold: What Is the Difference?

Freehold land ownership has the following characteristics: The owner of the “property” owns the ground, the underground and the space above it. All improvements (buildings) permanently  acceding to the ground belong to the owner of the property. The property means the ground plus any improvements thereon. One cannot own improvements on the property belonging to another. …

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The Dullstroom Bonanza 2016

The Dullstroom Bonanza has become a popular event in the national fly fishing calendar. It attracts fisherman from most of the provinces of South Africa. It is so popular that every year there is a waiting list of teams that wish to participate. Amongst the fisherman are a few Proteas and others who have represented …

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Subdividing Your Property

We focus on the final processes of subdividing your property, taking the process forward from the town planning to the final registrations in the deeds office. Why subdivide your property? Get 2 properties for the price of one; Transfer a separate property to each of your children to provide security and keep the family close …

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What is FICA and why must I provide it?

It is compulsory under The Financial Intelligence Centre Act(FICA) and is aimed at eliminating Money Laundering and financial fraud. FICA compels “accountable institutions”, such as banks and attorneys to physically identify and verify their customers. Accountable institutions are also required by law to report “suspicious and unusual” transactions as well is any cash deposits in …

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