Answers to your questions

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What can I do to make the Master's Office issue my Letter of Authority

You'll probably need a lawyer's help.

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What is the next step for farm workers who have been dismissed and evicted from the land they were working?

They must make representations under Section 8(1)E of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act (ESTA).

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How can my brother and I register our late mother’s house into our names?

First report the death to the Master of the High Court. The Master will appoint a representative to have the letter of authority to wind up the estate.

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Can I withdraw the full amount of my pension after early retirement?

If you retire, you can only cash out up to one third of the money in your pension fund. The balance will be paid as fixed sum of money monthly.

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Can I get permanent residency if my child is a South African citizen?

No, but you can apply for a relative’s visa.

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How can I get an RDP house I bought transferred to my name if the seller has disappeared?

Make a sworn, signed, certified affidavit at the police station about how and when you bought the house and from whom, including the name of the daughter you paid and how much you paid for it.

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How do rent-to-buy properties work?

There are two lease contract options: lease option and lease purchase.

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What can I do about being declined for a disability grant even though I suffer from multiple ailments and am in constant pain?

You can ask SASSA to reconsider your application. You can also appeal to the Minister of Social Development.

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Can I get Home Affairs to make my ID interview sooner if it's urgent?

Your best bet is probably to ask an organisation that frequently deals with Home Affairs to help you.

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How can I get a death certificate for my parent so that I can apply for my ID?

You can apply for a replacement copy or a full death certificate at any Home Affairs office.

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