I thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of links to useful summaries of the laws that are likely to affect many forumites. (I know this has nothing to do with broadband, blah blah blah).
Whenever I come across something suitable I will post the link here.
1. Small Claims Court: If you have been screwed over by a company, an individual, your municipality etc, and the amount of money you seek is R7 000 or less, then take a look at the Smalls Claims Court procedure: http://www.doj.gov.za/2004dojsite/br..._smcourtsp.pdf OR http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/static/hel...sCourtFAQ.html
2. Important Tax Info (2006): http://www.treasury.gov.za/documents...B05PocketG.pdf
Budget/Tax info (2008/9):http://www.treasury.gov.za/documents...ide%202008.pdf
3. Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA): This is a PDF file explaining PAIA in 'plain language'. The PAIA Act is about entrenching democracy in South Africa by 'forcing' transparency and accountability in corporations, government and other bodies with power in our society. More specifically, it is about giving citizens access to information about corporations and the government.
What information are you entitled to? What information are corporations and public bodies/government required to provide you with on your request? What kind of information can you be refused access to? This PDF can be found at: http://www.opendemocracy.org.za/PDF/...0the%20Act.pdf
4. Basic Conditions of Employment Act: If you are an employer or an employee, I think it is pretty important to be familiar with this Act, especially the parts about working hours, overtime, leave, family and sick leave, the payment of interest, severence pay and dispute procedures:http://www.labour.gov.za/download/78...Employment.pdf
5. Claims for interest on debts: This is a short note explaining the law's view (if there is such a thing) on interest. I thought it was pretty interesting and a worthwhile read: http://www.arbitrators.co.za/arbsnew/practice/pn5.htm
6. Capegateway: If you live in the Western Cape and need any information on government services (such as getting a vehicle licence, contraception, traffic fines etc) this government-run website is excellent: http://www.capegateway.gov.za/eng/
7. Rental Housing Act 1999: http://www.info.gov.za/gazette/acts/1999/a50-99.pdf
8. Are you married and don't know it? http://home-affairs.pwv.gov.za/statu...tal_status.asp (does not work if you only wish you were or were not married).