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May 2018 Issue 13
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Letter from CEO

On the 27th of April 1994 South Africa experienced its very first, democratic election. This day is marked as South Africa Freedom Day. The liberation of South Africa and its people from a long period of colonialism and White minority domination (apartheid), officially came to an end. Freedom Day therefore reminders us that our freedom requires us to remain permanently vigilant against corruption and to build an active citizenry that works towards wiping out inequality and upholds rights embodied in our constitution.

In this newsletter we discuss The Bill of Rights, as contained in Chapter 2 of The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, affirms the right to human dignity, equality and freedom for all its citizens. This includes the right to equality before the law; the right to inherent human dignity; the right to freedom of movement and residence; the right to language and culture; the right to peaceful protest and the right to life.

Knowing one’s rights is not enough; one must also be able to exercise them.

Providing affordable access to justice is at the heart of who we are and what we do at LegalWise - our employees are committed to providing quality legal services to our Members to enable them to enforce and defend their rights at all times.

For the past 33 years, LegalWise has taken pride in upholding the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom by protecting the rights of our Members.

In this edition of WiseUp we focus on Human Rights. We discuss the basic rights that a person is born with as contained in the Bill of Rights. Read more on the article titled Human Rights: you are protected by the Constitution. We look at the case of Organisasie vir Godsdienste-Onderrig en Demokrasie v Laerskool Randhart and Others, which talks to public schools and religion. Read more on when your human rights may be limited in our article titled, I feel violated – can human rights be limited? Our frequently asked questions answer more questions relating to the Bill of Rights, for example, we discuss which courts can enforce a person’s human rights.

In our continued quest to ensure a warm and conducive environment with which to interact with our Members, our Pinetown Branch has relocated. The Pinetown “Branch of the Future” officially opened to our Members and the public on 12 March 2018. See Pinetown’s new contact details.

In the recent Budget Speech the Minister of Finance announced an increase to the Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate from 14% to 15% effective 1 April 2018. We are pleased to advise you that your premium will remain unchanged with LegalWise absorbing the VAT increase until our annual premium rerate.

Please remember to include your e-mail address and updated mobile number as we would like to communicate with you more frequently, cost effectively and in an environmental conscious manner via e-mail and SMS


Jan Luwes
Chief Executive Officer

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