11 May

Non-Compliance By South African Businesses

Has your business kept abreast of all the regulatory legal updates that form the commercial law framework in South Africa? If not, you (as the business director) as well as your business, could land in hot water. Repercussions can range in anything from significant fines to mandatory jail sentences and company liquidation.

Compliance with the current regulations requires an understanding of significant commercial Acts such as the Public Finance Management Act, Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act and the Employment Equity Act among many others. There are a number of similar by-laws that apply to individual municipalities or issues regarding health and safety. Forgetting what each Act and by-law entails could have disastrous consequences, and it is for this reason why businesses develop a compliance management system.

The news has been inundated in recent years with many large companies falling short of regulations, and have been charged by the South African government with fines so large that they are probable cause for front page headlines in the country’s newspapers. Most recently, millions of rands had to be paid to the South African Reserve Bank by South Africa’s largest banks for not upholding strict FICA requirements. But how do such large businesses succumb to non-compliance?

Red Tape: A businessman’s worst enemy!

The answer lies in the structure of the business environment. Businesses have not developed practical compliance management systems to deal with regulations that they are faced with on a daily basis. Businesses are rather reactive concerning regulations, and therefore have to part with millions of rands in order to remain afloat. The problem may also be a sign that the business environment is overloaded with regulations, the red tape that so many business directors complain about.

This reoccurring issue adequately highlights the necessity for commercial law attorneys in South Africa. Commercial law attorneys are required to assist businesses in matters regarding regulations and by-laws that normal businesses have no way of highlighting or even distinguishing. Therefore, it becomes important for businesses to associate themselves with legal professionals so that they are protected when the time comes.

If you require a commercial law attorney who specialises in the fields of debt collection, insolvency and sectional titles, make sure you contact Ivan Zartz Attorneys as soon as possible! 

 

09 May

People Have Less Faith In Marriage

When asked whether people in the United Kingdom should be married before having children, the country’s citizens answered with a resounding ‘Yes’. At least 70% of people believed that married couples make the best parents and that couples should be married before having children. But that was over 25 years ago.

Recent statistics have changed. The overall belief is that people are indifferent as to whether or not parents should be married. 35% of people in Britain openly disagree as to whether or not parents should be married when having children while 37% still believe marriage is important. This radical change reflects the change in society’s view on marriage and that marriage does not constitute the modern family unit.

As expected, older citizens in the UK, as well as those with overwhelming religious convictions, are those that are in favour of marriage, however even those belonging to the Anglican church have begun to believe that marriage does not impact a couple’s ability to become good parents.

Other statistics, following the recent National Census that took place in the UK, include the percentages of people who believe that there are significant differences between married and unmarried couples living together. Three-quarters of the country believe that there are no significant differences between the two family setups and that the separation of the unmarried couple is just as traumatic as those failed marriages.

The entire view on marriage, and the beliefs concerning same-sex marriage, is taking an overwhelming step in a direction that considers it normal to raise a family where parents are either unmarried or not even co-habiting. It can be argued that this may have an impact on the way children are brought up, and could have long-lasting psychological repercussions. However, if ensured that proper parental care, love, and parenting techniques are used, there is nothing to state that such a family setup cannot work. Only time will tell.

For more family law news make sure you continue checking the Ivan Zartz Attorneys blog page. If you require the services of an attorney that specialises in Family Law and matters regarding child custody, then contact Ivan Zartz Attorneys today.

04 May

How Many Children Should You Have?

Many parents and families in the middle and upper-income groups in South Africa usually employ some sort of family planning measures when considering child rearing and securing their own futures. Parents will often plan to have one, a couple, or even three or four children. How these children are brought up depends entirely on the resources available to the parents, but how many children should you have before signs of neglect become an issue?

Obviously the idea of “too many children” is incredibly dependent on a number of important factors. These include the financial security of the parents (or single parent), time restrictions, and the condition of the parents’ relationship with each other.

Finances play a large role in the upbringing of the child. If parents are expecting a high standard of living for their family, then they have to take into consideration the costs involved in having children, as well as being able to send the children to good schools, pay medical bills, pay for extra murals, and ultimately provide food and shelter. If parents do not have the financial resources, then they can expect to lower their standards of living, causing increasing financial burden with every child born. Unfortunately, some parents choose to neglect their children in an effort to maintain their high standards of living by either not providing for them, or stopping them from performing extra murals. In cases of financial restraint, couples should refrain from having children if it will mean the detriment to the child’s wellbeing.

The same could be said for time constraints; couples with very little time due to work and or personal past-times cannot rationally believe they are fit to raise children. If there is one thing that’s certain, it is that children require plenty of love and attention. A lack of attention given by the parent causes child neglect. Of course, the more children a couple has the less likely they are able to give their individual children the required attention. In large families, there may be one or more children that are attention seeking. This can create a situation whereby other children are ‘sidelined’, causing serious psychological trauma. Parents should identify their time constraints, as well as time constraints in the middle to long term future, and plan their families accordingly.

How many children should you have? By all means, if you can afford the time, money and dedication required when caring for many children, then there is no reason why you cannot have an exceedingly large family. But if you are unable to provide for your children, then you should not plan to have as many children as you may want.

If you require a child custody attorney, or you need the services of an attorney who has many years of experience dealing with family law, then contact Ivan Zartz Attorneys today!