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Funding Opportunity for New Sheriffs from Business Partners

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The Chairperson of the SABFS through her engagement with Business Partners saw an opportunity for Business Partners to help new sheriffs in establishing their new offices in securing a line of credit/loan for their news offices.

I have engaged with Business Partners, they are keen to assists sheriffs with funding, subject to conditions. They require information from Sheriffs in order to approve there applications. The initial information we will require is detailed below.

  • Completed Business Partners application forms; (find attached)
  • Financial Statements of the business for the previous 2 – 4 years; (if applicable)
  • A cash flow forecast for the next 12 /24 months assuming the funding is granted;
  • Business plan assuming the funding is granted (outline is attached);
  • CV’s
  • Source documents ie ID’s and company/cc registration document;

You are hereby requested to brief your members about this opportunity, we will be placing these documents on our website immediately.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact:

Jeremy Lang
Area Manager
Business Partners Ltd
Tel: +27 021 464 3600 (main line)
Tel: +27 021 464 3639 (direct line)
Fax: +27 021 461 8720
e-mail: jlang@businesspartners.co.za
Web site: www.businesspartners.co.za
SME Toolkit website: http://southafrica.smetoolkit.org

Application Form (A) - 2012 Application Form (A) - 2012 (25 KB)

Application Form (B-C) - 2012 Application Form (B-C) - 2012 (80 KB)

Business Plan Business Plan (31 KB)

Deputy Minister's Speech for newly appointed Sheriffs - 5 November 2012

Wednesday, November 07, 2012




Address by the Deputy Minister Address by the Deputy Minister (194 KB)


Sunday, October 21, 2012



RFP no. SABFS00005/2012 :

The SABFS invites applications from suitable firms of attorneys to be appointed in each province in South Africa for a two year contractual period, from 01 November 2012 to 31 October 2014.

Prospective applicants are invited to submit an application in accordance with the Terms of Reference (TOR) issued by the SABFS. The TOR for this proposal may be downloaded below.

Subject: 2012 Firms of Attorneys
Closing date for submission: 02 November 2012 at 10h00

Appointment of Panel of Attorneys Appointment of Panel of Attorneys (179 KB)

Newspaper Advert Newspaper Advert (124 KB)

Sheriffs Transfer and Insolvency - Edkins Judgement

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sheriffs Transfer and Insolvency - Edkins Judgement Sheriffs Transfer and Insolvency - Edkins Judgement (47 KB)

Siyanazisa Newsletter - Volume 3 September 2012

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Download the latest edition of our newsletter publication

Newsletter - SABFS

SABFS Newsletter Sept 2012 SABFS Newsletter Sept 2012 (9869 KB)

The Sheriff's Profession - Basic Guide for Setting Up Office

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
THe South African Board for Sheriffs Profession Guide

The Sheriff's Profession Guide The Sheriff's Profession Guide (899 KB)

The South African Board for Sheriff's Annual Report

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
sheriff annual report

South African Board for Sheriffs Annual Report South African Board for Sheriffs Annual Report (2376 KB)

Access to Justice made easier for the people

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

sheriffs.org.zaBY HISHAAM MOHAMED

Historically in South Africa, many of the High Courts and Magistrates Courts were positioned far from the townships and rural communities. The Magistrate’s Courts could only deal with specific matters such as property-related disputes and credit agreements up to the value of R100 000.

All other matters such as adoptions, divorces, Road Accident Fund (RAF) claims and other disputes exceeding R100 000 were dealt with by the High Courts. This made it cumbersome for many people to enforce their rights as their costs incurred in travelling long distances to court and instructing legal representatives were often worth more than the claim itself.

The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, places a duty on the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (the Department) to ensure the accessibility and effectiveness to the courts through legislative and other measures. 

In order to comply with its constitutional mandate, the Department has been introducing new initiatives to improve the accessibility of courts to the people.

Some of these initiatives include the introduction of new laws, the amendment of existing laws, new technological systems to improve court processes, among others.

One of the laws and initiatives which the Department introduced is the Jurisdiction of Regional Courts Amendment Act which was announced by President Jacob Zuma on Women’s Day last year and which came into effect on October 1 2010.

This new Act for the first time in South African history, allows certain civil matters to be heard by the Regional Courts which will go a long way in increasing the public’s access to justice.

Since 1953, the Regional Courts could only deal with criminal matters. For the first time in 58 years Regional Courts across South Africa now adjudicates over matters which fell previously under the domain of the High Courts and the three specialised Divorce Courts.

These matters include: divorce, adoption and custody; Road Accident Fund (RAF) claims between R100 000 and R300 000; Property related disputes between R100 000 and R300 000; and credit agreements between R100 000 and R300 000.

Thus far 62 of the country’s Regional Courts have been designated by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development to hear these matters.

Nine of these courts are situated in the Western Cape namely; Atlantis, Bellville, Cape Town, George, Mitchell’s Plain, Oudtshoorn, Somerset West, Worcester and Wynberg.

In the Western Cape, nine assistant registrars have been appointed to assist in these courts. A roster for when these courts are sitting is in place.

This new power that has been placed on the Regional Court means that litigation is now cheaper as the legal fees for bringing a matter to this court is less than that of the High Court.

Previously, a matter that was ‘trial ready’ (where all the court processes have been complied with and all documentation for each claim is on the court file) had to wait for up to two years before it could be heard by a Judge at the Western Cape High Court.

The new powers conferred upon the regional court reduce the waiting time for matters that fall within its control.

People do not have to travel from far all the way to Cape Town to have a divorce application finalised as it can now be dealt with at one of nine designated regional courts across the province.

A further benefit is that Legal Aid South Africa now provides free legal representation to certain qualifying litigants in civil disputes in these courts. Since the commencement of the Regional Civil Courts on 1October 2010, the courts have performed well in finalising divorce matters. The nine courts issued 19 557 divorce summonses and finalised 11 310 divorce cases. These statistics include defended and undefended divorce matters. 

As with all new systems, there have been teething problems in the implementation of this new service. We are, however, convinced that by working hand in hand with the Judiciary; the legal profession and other stakeholders, no challenge is insurmountable. We are determined to make good on our Departments’ Constitutional mandate and strategic objectives of creating greater access to court services for our people.
Adv. Hishaam Mohamed is the Regional Head of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and also a Board Member.

Appointment of Sheriffs

Friday, September 14, 2012
Download the document for a full list of newly appointed Sheriffs.

Minister for Justice and Constitutional Development Mr J Radebe

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Minister for Justice and Constitutional Development Mr J Radebe from simon on Vimeo.