April 2nd, 2011

Individuals and corporates have always traded freely under a variety of trading names (e.g. XYZ (Pty) Ltd trading as "Pablo's Plumbers"), but now for the first time - courtesy of the Consumer Protection Act - you will be forced to register all such trading names as "business names".

Registration will only be compulsory where a trading name is different to the name of the business owner, so you will still be free to trade under your own name (we're talking full name here, as recorded on your ID document) without registering it. Similarly, your company/CC/Trust etc may trade under its registered name. But where - as in the example above - the trading name differs from the owner's name, registration will be obligatory. It will be unlawful to trade, market or contract in any way under a non-registered name.

Note that, despite several alarmist reports to the contrary, there is no immediate hurry here - at the earliest these provisions will kick in one year after the main Act does (i.e. 1 April 2012 at the earliest), and after at least 6 months' notice from the Minister.

Plus there will be relief from these registration requirements in two circumstances: -

  • Where you have already registered a business name under existing legislation, and
  • Where you have been "actively conducting business" under the name for at least one year prior to commencement (i.e. for a year from 1 April 2011, perhaps later).

    (You may want to voluntarily register these names anyway, just to get them onto a public database).

But don't wait for deadline! Your trading name is an integral part of the value of your business, so you should start planning now to comply with - and take advantage of - these new provisions: -

  1. You will be able to register any number of "business names"
  2. Names may be in "any language", and can include "any letters, numbers or punctuation marks", "round brackets" in pairs, and the symbols "+, &, #, @, %,=" (plus further symbols to be specified in regulations)
  3. You won't be able to register any business name that is misleading, confusingly similar to any corporate name, trademark etc, or unlawful
  4. Don't stop trading under any business name for more than 6 months - if you do, you risk losing it.

You won't be able to register your business names under the Consumer Protection Act until the applicable regulations have been promulgated. In the interim you may if you wish apply for "defensive names" under the Companies Act, which will at least get the names onto CIPRO's current database.

You can read more at http://www.dotnews.co.za


April 8th, 2011

Police officers working with the DARE program have issued this Warning:

If you are driving after dark and see and on-coming car with no headlights on, DO NOT FLASH YOUR LIGHTS AT THEM!

This is a common Bloods member "initiation game" that goes like this:  

The new gang member under initiation drives along with no headlights, and the first car to flash their headlights at him is now his "target.”He is now required to turn around and chase that car, then shoot and kill every individual in the vehicle in order to complete his initiation requirements. Police Depts. across the nation are being warned. Their intent is to have all the “new bloods nationwide drive around on Friday and Saturday nights with their headlights off.  

In order to be accepted into the gang, they have to shoot and kill all individuals in the first auto that does a courtesy flash to warn them that their lights are Off. Make sure you share this information with all the drivers in your Family! 

Kind Regards,  

Nick Potgieter
Community Policing Manager
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Faulty Izuzu D Transmission

April 20th, 2011

I put this post on the blog just to confirm about the Post I have made about faulty parts.  This is proof how we as motor mechanics battle with suppliers who just don't care about there reputation , to supply  a Manual Transmission in such a way is in my opinion, discussing.
I went to this place and bought a new manual gearbox for an Izuzu LDV, paid for it and went back to the workshop. I have arranged with the supplier that I had to change the gearbox casing, because this gearbox is going to be fitted into an 250 Izuzu LDV instead of an Izuzu 280.

That was OK by the supplier, at the workshop, we removed the rear extended housing of the gearbox, lucky me (see photo) ones again a faulty part. If you look at the photo above you will see the 5th gear is stripped. This is  a new gearbox from the supplier, clearly you can see that the gears and the rest are old, just the casing was new.

So an old gear assembly was fitted into a new casing! Fortunately the suppliers were willing to refund me, after I thread him about the new consumer law.

The question is who would have paid me for my labour expenses if I had fitted the gearbox and found out after test driving the vehicle, the 5th gear is stripped?