Answers to your questions

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Can my mother transfer the property she inherited directly to her children without putting it in her name first?

If your father left the property to your mother in his will, she would need to transfer it into her own name first.

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Are foreign nursing diplomas valid in South Africa?

It depends. The South African Nursing Council will recognise your qualification if it meets certain criteria.

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Can I build and sell a house if it complies with CIDB and NHBRC regulations?

Building homes is outside the scope of the CIDB but you need to register with the NHBRC before starting construction.

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What visa/permit will allow my non-South African wife to stay in the country for longer than 90 days? I am a citizen.

You can apply for a temporary spousal visa or a spousal permit.

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Can the surviving spouse change the joint will created with the deceased?

No, both spouses need to agree to change the joint will and this is no longer possible if one has passed away.

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Why was my disability grant stopped when I turned 65?

The disability grant is only available to people aged 19 to 59.

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How can you get a birth certificate with no proof of birth or parent's ID?

You could make a sworn affidavit explaining your circumstances, but you may need legal help.

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Must I sell my late mother's house to cover her debts?

You should make an application to the bank to take over the existing home loan, but you would have to meet the bank’s qualifying criteria.

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Can I be evicted if I have a PTO certificate?

You are protected by the Interim Protection of Informal Land Rights Act and cannot be removed without your informed permission.

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Who can claim from the estate of a deceased miner who was unmarried but had a minor child?

If he did not leave a will, his child will inherit his estate when they turn 18. In the meantime, it will be kept in the Guardians Fund.

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