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Friday Nov 17, 2017

Class-action lawsuit against timeshare industry

Commercial attorney Trudie Broekmann announced plans this week to launch a class-action lawsuit against the timeshare industry early in 2018.

Broekmann is demanding the full return of clients' investments because the contracts are illegal and don't comply with the Consumer Protection Act or the PTCA, she says.

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Tuesday Sep 26, 2017

Timeshare deals taken to task

Frustrated holidaymakers, fed up with being tied to timeshare holiday contracts, have approached the National Consumer Commission in a bid to influence policy that regulates the vacation ownership industry.

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Wednesday Jul 12, 2017

Desperate timesharers speak up

Vacation club horror stories were heard on the first day of the National Consumer Commission's inquiry into the industry, prompting panel chairperson Diane Terblanche to say she felt "saddened".

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Monday May 22, 2017

Hope for consumers as 'vacation club' industry called to account

It's been a long time coming: the timeshare industry is finally getting a proper look-in, with the National Consumer Commission (NCC) announcing this week that a public inquiry into the multibillion-rand "vacation ownership" industry will be held.

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Friday Jan 20, 2017

None of R8m Beyers Group deposits found

The Estate Agency Affairs Board of South Africa has painted a bleak picture of embattled Beyers Realty Group's financials, saying none of the R8 million worth of deposits for 29 purchasers and 26 tenants has been recovered.

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Thursday May 19, 2016

KZN gets R11 billion industrial park

After years of delays, the KwaZulu-Natal government has finally closed the deal on a R11.5 billion industrial park to grow the car manufacturing sector in the province.

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Monday Sep 07, 2015

SA hotels cheaper than African rivals

Despite average hotel rates in Cape Town rising above inflation over the past year, the country's tourist accommodation fares compare well with rates in other African cities.

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Monday Jul 14, 2014

Protected estuary can be mined, says MEC

The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government has given the final go-ahead for sand mining in the only protected river estuary on the South Coast, despite strong opposition from the provincial nature conservation agency and a coastal watchdog group.

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Monday Jul 07, 2014

Heritage site saved from mining

After taking a beating from the UN's World Heritage Committee, South Africa has unveiled a new buffer zone that aims to improve protection of the ancient ruins of its most precious historical offering: the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site.

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Tuesday Sep 10, 2013

Pitch your property to the right audience'

If you have a home worth more than R1m to sell, your marketing should be aimed at people over 60 years of age - because, as the graph shows, they are your most likely buyers.

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