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Having tenants in your apartment or house is not always the easy route to investment bliss, especially subsequent to the PIE Act [the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act No 19 of 1998 (“the Act”) being interpreted by the Courts as being applicable to leased properties.

The property market in South Africa has seen substantial growth over the last few years and while it has settled to more realistic levels, it is still considered a worthwhile investment. Many investors have bought second and third properties with the view to renting these to tenants, thereby having their bond covered, together with the advantage of steady growth of their investment.

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Exploring the concept of whether entrepreneurs are born or bred turned out to be far more fascinating than I would have initially thought. In previous issues, I have alluded to the fact that many entrepreneurs that we define as successful have had some form of early influence, either in terms of parental example, or parental challenge. However, the topic becomes far more intricate if we break down the debate into various categories.

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