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Dying without a will

“My husband died without a will. We were married under customary law and I want to know what will happen to his money. We have two young children,” writes Nomsa. Maya replies: Having a will in place that provides instructions on how your money...

Consumer Commission gone AWOL

“How can I get hold of the National Consumer Commission? Twice I called and both times was put on eternal hold. The last time I called it went straight to a voicemail facility. The fax line is not accepting faxes and the email address on the...

Too good to be true

“I saw a website about an investment called DefenceX. It pays R2 for every R100 a day. Is this operating legally?” asks Mpho Maya replies: I am hoping that the fact that they were paying out such a high rate of return (effectively 60% a month)...

No delivery from Groupon

“Do you have advice for me on how I get a refund or my package from Groupon? I bought an item from Groupon’s Christmas list in November. They promised it would be delivered by the 20 December in time for Christmas. It never arrived and despite...

Loyalty points in the afterlife

“What happens to your loyalty points when you die?” asks a reader Maya replies: This is an excellent question especially if you are someone who has built up significant loyalty rewards through your bank account or credit card as these rewards...

Receiving a death benefit

  A reader recently wrote to City Press to question how his late wife’s pension benefit had been distributed and whether it was in accordance with the law. It raises some interesting points about the provision of the law and the role of...

Get a Total Money Makeover

How the experience of editing the Total Money Makeover changed the way I view my finances Having written on personal finance for the last nine years and being a financially savvy person, I didn’t think there was much I would learn from working...