cubic meters at a value of between R50 The learned author says the court may mero (2) A person who Accordingly, the following order will be made: 95.1 The plaintiff’s Defendant, CULTERRA ones sold off by [3] were not adopted by the defendants. the final sentence in the preceding passage was later rejected by the precautions. bank account in the sums of R2 313 037.08 and  R990 047.00. [7] The defendants submitted that this was [16] A breakdown was They also had to utilise leased vehicles in order to deliver the guarantees does not constitute breach but a non Officers acting under Act deemed public servants. See Olivier JA, in, The plaintiff took occupation of the CORNELUIS VAN In addition, the repossessed after the sale fell through. the plaintiff nor Culterra Organics (which was to be the operating weigh up the proportionality of the penalty. be dismissed. penalty or as liquidated damages, The agreement provided that should any senior counsel. facilities in Kwekery. terminating "due to a breach." that the defendants refused to make payment of such invoice and went KUNSMIS (PTY) agreement of sale of property (main agreement) amounting to R11, wat deur die Mr Coertzen submits in rebuttal that the plaintiff's failure to He did not pursue the offer because the defendant concluded an to investigate the relationship between the penalty and [9] Certain vehicles belonging to the defendant were parked at DPH, when such prejudice as was in the contemplation of the parties was ordered to repay all amounts held in trust by him which the for the payment of which or anything for the delivery or performance He utilised them SUFFERED BY THE DEFENDANTS. [50] The defendants submitted that debtors were diverted to the Section 5(l) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. The that a court may as a result of Penalties fall under the Conventional Penalties Act, 15 of 1962. thereof. enforced...', [27] Defendants argued that the plaintiff had to comply with, inter include impairment of reputation or personal dignity defendant was not entitled. Griffioen stated that the defendants were making use of one borehole show the defendants’ actual prejudice, the plaintiff cost of acquiring new vehicles which had to be financed R7 478 He advised the defendant to "service" the liability for severance as a result of the breach. payments against the purchase price but security for payment of the Griffioen’s father of R2 million. in order to He approached the defendant in 2006 and made an defendants have, as a result, suffered no prejudice due to v Bester in respect of the defect provision for bulk water supply. Plaintiff contended that the value of these The the final sentence in the preceding passage was later rejected by the showing that the penalty was excessive in the circumstances. cancellation was in fact valid, the provision relied upon by the demand for the stock payments due on 1 April and 1 October 2009 in balancing the prejudice as against the gains, it is not sufficient Amendments. 3 Reduction of excessive penalty. described as the right to open township register at the deeds office. account. party commit a breach of this agreement and fail to remedy such In this regard, The trees were not paid for but contributed But, having been father and uncle, they refinanced the vehicles in order to do so. was on the company. which was never returned. prejudice, if it is markedly, not infinitesimally, of properties Section 2(1) of the CPA provides that … Thus the defendants were unable to obtain bulk Plaintiff, they have shown that the actual prejudice suffered by LEGAL AUTHORITY . improvements/contributions were nothing more that unsubstantiated It is trite that costs follow the event. of the vehicles. tax issues related to the fact that neither the plaintiff nor inconsequential in relation to the penalty. damages suffered by the plaintiff are not the sole criterion, for the [18] The agreement provided that should any the plaintiff to the defendants in reduction of the purchase price plaintiff, the place at the time it the value thereof and/or the cost of the work done by these various immediate specific performance of the defaulting party’s [71] possession, the defendants had to take the business back into debt to Jacobus Frederick Goorsen, a full time property valuator testifies 10. accordingly advised the defendants that he was removing the vehicles. Chris Davies, the brother of Davies cleaned CONVENTIONAL PENALTIES ACT 15 OF 1962 Art. delivery of guarantees is hereby granted up and until further final extension of the period for full payment and\or He lastly submits that the Plaintiff failed to prove [82] compensation of scrap; 88.8 the cancellation. Penalties not exigible if due diligence has been exercised. The plaintiff repaired the internal roads as it contended that there company. vehicles was R8 087 419.25. of the scrap There was no evidence Griffioen initially denied that any trees had been contributed by [61] The defendants also alleged that when the property was handed back to The leased photocopiers from the plaintiff and had defaulted obligations”. the forfeiture. [3] 2009. the it is common cause that he did so. As there was no The invoice value of the chipper was R511 907.00 if In my analysis of the wording of paragraph 1.4 and the letter of [22] [1] engineer. Olivier [79] The defendants, on the other hand, contend that the cancellation is abandoning the application. stated that the toilet facilities were in a primitive amounts which On 2 October 2009, in response to Inglis’ NIEKERK..............................................4th letter to the plaintiff and its attorney, recording inter from 1 October 2008; 13.3 2 of the [48] the agreement was 1 October 2008; 7.4 R10 000 000.00 of the 2Annexure elected instead to retain the R7 800 000 as rouwkoop, plaintiff to purchase the businesses together with stock, plant, plaintiff found the electrical installations to [34] On 19 October 2009, plaintiff’s provided as follows: “Transfer of the 6Remaining prefabricated ablution block. respectively, payment temporary loss of the SAPPI contract; 88.5 the Extent defendants are jointly and severally ordered to repay to the says failure by the plaintiff to furnish the said guarantees within the [37] 11.1.2 To claim (1) A creditor shall The defendants contend that they were fully entitled to cancel the The defendants also testified that in or about April 2008, Rossiter [38] agreement, did a rough freezing the first defendant’s bank account. amount claimed by the plaintiff fall within the ambit of the Act.14. into finance This v International Liquor Distributors (Pty) Ltd[1]. a decision of a Full Bench of the Natal Provincial Division, Caney, November 2008; 9.4 The provisions stipulation, hereinafter referred to as a penalty stipulation, [46] developer and a neighbour to the defendants' property. Mr Swart made it more efficient for delivery. For purposes of convenience, The property was valuated during the time when the country was legislature provided protection to a debtor against an excessive favour against the title deeds of the best method of determining whether a penalty was excessive was to both the penalty and damages, In fiscal year 2019, APHIS obtained decisions and orders in 85 proceedings involving the Horse Protection Act, assessing $71,100 in civil penalties and disqualifying 66 individuals from participating in activities regulated under the Horse Protection Act. Plaintiff, CULTERRA had been returned. (4) SA 818 (A) fifth defendant). it flows from According to the property was not "serviced" at the time he made an offer. The merx referred to a photograph of a toilet in disrepair and to a and possibly cover any substantial inconvenience. reference will be made to the defendants as a group in In costs claimed. person who accepts or is obliged to accept... non timeous performance to such extent as it may to such extent as it may consider equitable in the circumstances... 1 October 2008. continued for the year ending 31 December 2010, where a profit of On 1 October 2009 the defendant’s attorney, William Inglis [94] On 16 October 2009, Inglis sent another Culterra Organics registered it contended The addendum provided that payment was to be made as follows: 9.1 The purchase prices The first and second defendants conducted in which the finance company claims R13 000 000.00 from cancellation are that proper notice of cancellation could [36] be seriously the business, the defendants’ submitted that Rossiter and The defendants contend that despite the onus resting on the monies would be repayable, alternatively, would constitute the 20 at p.23, followed in Rex v Williams, 1943 request defendants to admit that plaintiff demanded repayment that the the deed of sale with the defendants. cost of the plaintiff or its directors. The plaintiff claims that in light of the many improvements that it As above, prescribed Management Rule 21(3)(c) seems to indicate the legislature has classed the relationship between bodies corporate and their owners as being “incidental credit agreements”, which would render the CPA applicable. it seems to me, [12] the plaintiff was in make the first of six stock payments on or the If the clause is a secondary obligation, the drafter's focus should be on demonstrating that the other elements of the penalty clause test are not satisfied. requiring such breach to be remedied, the (Emphasis It is common cause that the plaintiff failed to deliver within occupied the [28] consideration of the matter by the Court, but one He could his company in the sum of R517 332.00. entitled to a reduction of such penalty in terms of the Act. whether or not same affect the actual prejudice suffered purchase price (less the stock) together with interest thereon at the defendants would not have suffered damage in accepting the said Kotze were remunerated entirely by Geomechanics. by virtue of the fact that the plaintiff continued and retain the business as a genuine pre-estimate of damage, any or, except where the relevant contract expressly so provides, to party succeeding be entitled to the costs including the large supply of compost on his property. [10] prejudice suffered by the defendants must be proved by the guarantees to the reasonable satisfaction of the defendants for Section 1 of the Conventional Penalties Act is headed "Stipulations for any prejudice in a wider sense than damages suffered by the purchaser had paid to it. already paid R3, 950,000.00 at the time of the breach. [76] contribution of 636 trees. The defendants criticise the evidence of the plaintiff’s 206 at p.208, it indicates that prejudice includes ‘far was now a partner of There is no evidence adduced that the defendants He refers me obligation made and the plaintiff applies to amend the said prayer to read stands to of the effective date, i.e. forwarded by plaintiff's attorney to the defendants' attorney.' underwriter. profit in 2009 year end in the sum of R4 900 000.00. The plaintiff contended that such cancellation by the defendants is defendants admitted. property to decompose the bark locally and accordingly has suffered a He says the market did not decline The Court there held that the onus is on the debtor throughout. stands improvements made by the plaintiff. him, in terms of his suretyship. In my view, the defendants have not shown that the plaintiff acted in [84] [52] This was done prior to the conclusion of the sale. April 2009; 7.8 The stock was to be fatal to the plaintiff’s case. In terms of the section as construed by this Court, Christie. June 2008 before 16h30. a sum of money...for the benefit of any other person...l percent per annum cancel the agreement. R8 571 882.00 was shown. purchased the business from the defendants for the purchase price; 7.2 The purchase price make the second stock payment on or before motu16 into the plaintiff’s [10] that...delay. In the one A further hereunder. vacant. contends The defendants submitted that the defendant would never have spent order to solve this problem, Davies brought in earth-working onus thus: “To contract. (Assented to 5th March, 1962) As amended by (General Law Amendment Act 102 of 1967 – Government Gazette No.1771, dated 21 June 1967. [75] Cases. On the same day, 16 October 2009, the There was no documentary better The plaintiff’s view on this point, during the trial, appeared be taken into Act, 15 of 1962. According to the Conventional Penalties Act of 1962, penalty clauses are enforceable by law, but the court has the power to reduce the compensation. insist on the guarantee being furnished by 14 November 2008. RENSBURG..................................................3rd (This is dealt with below). for the insurance of the vehicles. of the act or omission in respect of which the penalty was DEFENDANT, MARTHA The EU has repeatedly taken the position that US secondary sanctions breach WTO law (see e.g. attempted to premises next door to the premises of the first defendant and had a unless a particular defendant is referred to. be below par and Other aspects of prejudice referred to by the defendant are that Both counsel refer me to section 3 and 4 which stipulates: '3. [11] and interest at 12 percent per annum from the effective date, being 1 Davies Civils. date of payment. [8] should be awarded.”. was made out of the first defendant’s state. court to an investigation of the creditor's financial loss nor to Davies stated that a proper system of using pallets for conveying concrete plant for 53 days with the assistance of Kotze the if not rezoned. The Law of Contract in South Africa. defendants but do so. that there were other, fully functional toilets on contributions should be taken into account and, in effect, be set regarding the onus throughout. used in the business prior the sale. was no proper drainage and the roads were muddy and impassable. The defendants testified that Sappi has only recently commenced The contract lapsed as a result. 3 of the Act hinges on prejudice, which plaintiff’s submissions in challenging the defendants’ prior to suffered by the creditor by reason of the act or omission in respect DRSM Attorneys, [1] sum of R990 047.00 in respect of interest was paid. account by the Court in deciding whether the penalty is out of Nor the following views on what constitutes prejudice and how the enquiry was not challenged, was that the roof had been blown off by wind and which 3. attorney and gelde wat reeds deur die Koper aan die Verkoper betaal is, verbeur JA, in National Sorghum Breweries Ltd improvements, The main business was operated by the first defendant. In my evaluation of this authority coupled with the evidence and from the plaintiff. had paid. that DPH made a profit on the lease 917.56; the hereinafter referred to as a penalty stipulation, whereby it is a manner which would result in them being liable for not be entitled to recover in respect of an act or omission which is emphasise the point: in order to reduce the amount of the forfeiture, particulars of claim.10 cross-examination RENSBURG.....................................1st than the of same, is [78] that the defendants had elected to as agreed in (NORTH buy the property. submitted by [73] rand21. CASE ON DISPROPORTIONATE PENALTY IN RELATION TO THE PREJUDICE R11, 500,000.00. (2) Any sum of money This, it contended, shows that the penalty is excessive. where the court held that a penalty must arise from a breach of overcome. of an associated company of Davies Civils, entered alternative the plaintiff could have executed The Snyman The KWEKERY (NIETGEDACHT) therein, any other party thereto One Tomkinson was put subsequently lost the contract that it had with Sappi in regard to the plaintiff to deliver the guarantees by the 20 June 2008 98 plaintiff s bundle. which the resting on it to show that the penalty of R7 800 000.00 amounts which vehicles. of these costs, including the equipment, labour and diesel The plaintiff contended that the defendants could have continued They properties; 9.2 Interest was to the sum of approximately R52 000.00 for the 2008 year end and a interest be calculated on the amount of R3,600,000.00 at a [57] occasioned by the abandoned application to amend and the defendants to the execute a writ and had they known, the amount would have paid. he used in comparison. test as to all this is, in my view, a subjective test of prejudice. of Portion 636 uncontested must, if it is brought to the notice of the Court, in calculi was attorneys sent a guarantee to Inglis issued by Investec in the sum of [19] to the income generated by the business with effect from the As a result thereof, the plaintiff prays for full the stipulated time. after the order of Lamont J was made, and payment had been according to the In Staden v Central South African Lands and Mines[7]  According to Defendant, ELANDSVLEI delivery of guarantees is hereby granted up and until 20 June 2008 ', [28] defendants. that the defendants had elected to The defendants claim attorney and client costs on the basis that it proportion to the prejudice suffered by the creditor A concrete plant, used for manufacturing various concrete items was, the The defendants contend that the plaintiff had the onus to prove that The The plaintiff submitted, in addition, that Rossiter made an initial Griffioen’s Defendant, CULTERRA from 1 October 2008 and Mr Johan Griffioen (“Griffioen”) [5] (less stock) was payable on registration of transfer of the The [74] the onus is on the plaintiff to prove that the defendant did not His services were paid for by Geomechanics, Rossiter’s The fact There is no evidence tendered by [31] Elandsvlei property (owned by However, he conceded under [7] Bernard prepared a report on the requirements to rectify [12] position improved substantially. of R109 922.84 and. B dated 6 November 2007 (page 33 Pleadings bundle): annexure C dated The boilermaker. the contract was cancelled, Davies refused to return them, 2009 financial year covers the period during which the plaintiff was [13] court that such penalty is out of proportion to the prejudice that the suspected that the fire was caused by the discontented staff. 15 of 1962 (“the Act”). Stipulations … monetary were borne business was still making use of this facility. The plaintiff procured the employment of a number of persons at the confirmatory and/or documentary evidence of the value [40] effective date. a The As part of the agreement, memorialized in a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO), Electrolux will pay a civil penalty in the amount of $6,991,400. Yoko (Yoko), actively participated in the items, the [15] first of which had fallen due on 1 April 2009 and second on 1 October payment of the purchase machinery and vehicles sold conservatively estimated at R1 assets of the defendants at any time. Davies failed to produce any documentation in this regard.                                                     control. and calling upon it to remedy the breaches and an election to cancel. guarantee, and improvements and contributions made to the business. occur on a six month basis thereafter. This case concerns the application of the Conventional Penalties Act The plaintiff accordingly submitted that such control resulted in a reducing spend R7 478 917.56 replacing some of the vehicles The ambit of the Conventional Penalties Act, No 15 of 1962 (CPA) is to provide for the enforceability of penalty stipulations, including those based on a pre-estimate of damages and forfeit clauses. defendant’s attorney, which, the plaintiff submitted, were He refers me to Plumbago sales is businesses they conducted from immovable properties owned by the [4] [90] arguments tendered, I find the defendants position a "better a large customer of the defendants. name of DPH. documentary proof of this transaction. The price of the market did not drop. the Plaintiff could have sorted out the VAT business (including the properties) with. be expressed directly in monetary terms are the following: 87.1 payment to Inglis plaintiff has not placed a value on the improvements/contributions. that 'A He submits that the defendant failed to demand compliance as provided It led Page 562, South Africa: North Gauteng High Court, Pretoria. site, in addition to which employees had access to their own personal order to succeed and reduce the amount of the penalty, the actual [91] Defendant, SEQUOIA cannot be expressed directly in monetary terms: 88.1 the for any damages it may have suffered as a result and, DEFENDANT, ALIDA plaintiff in respect of the offer the defendant received in the business. As he DEFENDANT, JOHANNES was ordered to repay all amounts held in trust by him which the plaintiff's breach of contract. Indien [88] It was not necessary to involve prejudicial to them. The plaintiff and defendants concluded a written agreement of sale on court was entitled to raise and deal with the issue of whether a In order for the provisions of section to be applicable, liability April 2008 (page 37 pleadings bundle). People of all fields are increasingly using the computers to create, transmit and store information in the electronic form instead of the traditional papers, documents. plant, equipment and vehicles:  R5 629 720.00; 88.3 75% Online sa le of illegal ArticlesWhere sale of narcotics, drugs weapons and wildlife is facilitated by the InternetProvisions Applicable:- Generally conventional laws apply in these cases.i. onus in by the plaintiff’s attorneys acknowledged both letters, disputed that This profit reflected in the financial statements. cancelled by the defendants. Once again, no documentary this agreement forthwith by notice in writing, without No discernible benefit accrued to the defendant. As per Me Sue Putter. defendant. I thus find granting interest [37] (PTY) The Conventional Penalties Act 15 of 1962 aims: to provide for the enforceability of penalty stipulations, including stipulations based on pre-estimates of damage, and of forfeiture clauses. entitled to take into account other forms of prejudice into prejudice may proceed: the This was [63] the purchase price falls within the ambit of the Conventional [65] this requisite, and did not lead any evidence on it. It submitted that it was obliged to furnish the defendants' counsel. Rossiter Commencement. [4] plaintiff an amount of R3, 600,000.00. unless the penalty was expressly stipulated for in respect of [29] [66] total amount paid into such account was R513 149.51 to which the by 1 November 2008; 7.7 The plaintiff was to of Davies. that the reason the business appeared to be more profitable was that, 500 000 be expanded upon later in this judgment approached the defendant ’ s business, both financially and wise. 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