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2021 was the year of adapting and renewal for us at Smuts & Co. We have become more tech-savvy and more digital than ever before. We implemented flexi hours and “work from home” strategies, we utilised cloud-based technology and figured out practical solutions for “pandemic” problems on a daily basis. We also became masters at arranging a quick zoom meeting, but that is a whole newsletter on its own!

Important communication was received from the Deeds Office in Cape Town confirming that all transfers must be lodged by 1 December 2021 to register by the 22nd of December 2021. Matters lodged after the 1st of December 2021 cannot be guaranteed to be registered before the end of 2021 and will most likely stand over until the new year. The last day for registration is the 22nd of December 2021 and the last day for lodgement is the 13th December 2021. We are still experiencing delays at both the City of Cape Town and SARS for our rates clearance certificates and transfer duty receipts, both documents are a requirement for lodgement and we predict that this problem will continue for the time being.

The Master’s Office experienced a ransomware attack in September which resulted in major delays. However, we note that there appears to be some movement again in the Master’s Office which is great news for the winding up of estates.

Our staff will be taking a well-deserved break from the 24th of December 2021 until the 10th of January 2022, but we have skeleton staff on duty and will still be available for emergencies.

Whether you are planning a great big getaway or a more relaxed “staycation”, we wish all our clients a Blessed Christmas and a fabulous new year!

This article is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as legal or other professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your legal adviser for specific and detailed advice. Errors and omissions excepted (E&OE)

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