An infamous quote from a well-known television program is that “Winter is Coming”.

Well, I am sure all Cape Town residents can agree that for us, Winter is not coming, but rather has already arrived.

At TNK Attorneys we realise that many less fortunate Cape Town residents will be acutely affected by the biting cold of the winter season.

We thus appeal to our clients and the broader Cape Town residents to come to the assistance of those that may not even have a roof over their head to keep warm – one blanket can truly make a massive difference.

The lights go out and the show is over! Literally, there is nothing to watch - no SABC, no DSTV, no You Tube, no Facebook and no Game of Thrones unless you are fortunate enough to own a laptop (with sufficient battery at load shedding time) or, more so, to live in a building with a generator – a reality for very few South Africans.

We will be doing a series of articles on BEE, Affirmative Action and Preferential Procurement. These are issues which illicit strong emotional responses but is often misunderstood.

So as a start, a quick and easy look of the BEE buzzwords should help to understand the concepts.

‘Employment Equity’ refers to transformation and empowerment initiatives for black employees in the workplace and black persons seeking employment. Employment Equity is the law and may be found in the Employment Equity Act of 1998.

South Africans living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) need not fear unfair discrimination or unfair treatment in the workplace or as prospective candidates for employment. In 2000 the Constitutional Court, in a dispute between South African Airways and an HIV positive male who applied to the airline for employment as a cabin crew attendant, decided that the airline refusing to employ him as such constituted unfair discrimination, impaired his dignity and violated his right to equality.

Uber, an app-based platform headquartered in San Francisco, launched in Cape Town in 2013. The company uses a smartphone application to receive ride requests and then sends these trip requests to affiliated taxi drivers. While Uber affiliated taxis operate much like metered taxis, they do not use meters, relying only on GPS co-ordinates to calculate trip distances.

While the State has a responsibility for the care of elderly and other vulnerable persons, every individual is expected to plan for their own retirement and old age. This expectation is more often than not met and the families of older persons are left to be the primary supporters of the old.

What about those disadvantaged families in rural areas, older persons without families to take care of them and those so frail that the average family lacks the necessary skills and knowledge to provide care and support?

One of the most controversial topics in the sphere of Family Law is related to the topic of maintenance payable in respect of minor children. The common law provides that there is a duty on both parents of a minor child to support the child, which obligation is incurred jointly by the parents. This duty refers to the support the child would reasonably require for his or her living and upbringing.

One night to be remembered, though preferably not in specifics. Approximately six months later you are expected to explain a night that was instantly erased from your memory. An explanation which can affect you for quite some time, all because you considered the ride home to not be too much of a risk to gamble.

The volatile nature of South African politics and the popular culture coverage of South African politicians in the media have caused a spotlight of sorts to be placed on the legal issue of defamation.

What is defamation?

In a broad context, defamation consists of the publication of defamatory matter concerning another without lawful justification or excuse. Quite a mouthful of legalise you’d agree, but we will try to unpack the legal jargon of this definition into bite-size form.

You have finally set the big date, ordered the cake, selected the bridesmaids and groomsmen and are preparing to embark on your happily ever after.

While you have probably thought abput everything, from the flower arrangements to the place settings, have you considered what might happen after your wedding day – once the “thank you” cards have been sent out and the honeymoon is just a distant memory?

Give South Africa’s soaring divorce statistics, it is important that you consider the possibitlity that your marriage might end permanently.