Government confirmed in December 2020 that, in line with enforcement of the POPI Act from 1 July 2021, every person who carries on a business, profession or trade, whether as a sole proprietor, partnership, company, trust or otherwise must prepare and lodge a so-called “PAIA manual” by the latest 30 June 2021, earlier for certain bodies.

This applies to every business, big or small.  There are thousands of businesses that still need to prepare or submit their manuals or update old manuals and time is running out.

Don’t worry, we can help you prepare your Information Manual and lodge it for you. Click below to download our brief informative article on the topic.

Information Manual


Our commercial team is headed by Matthew De Wet and offers specialist advisory, drafting and structuring services dedicated to progressing commercial structures and transactions of various kinds.

We constantly deal with a very wide range of commercial transactions and structures, such as contract negotiation & implementation; joint ventures; sale of business; mergers & acquisitions; service level agreements, heads of agreement and letters of intent; agency, license & mandate agreements; share subscription, sale of shares; shareholders agreements; loan, finance and funding agreements; franchise agreements and registration of trusts. 

Accordingly, we are well equipped to assist in progressing your commercial transactions while ensuring asset protection and risk mitigation.  

Shareholders Agreements
Why do I need one?
DWDP_ShareholdersAgreement.pdf (454.83KB)


The old saying rings true: time is money. Taking a case through the court procedure can be a costly and time-consuming exercise. It is for these exact reasons that mediation is the perfect alternative to dispute resolution. Mediation minimizes legal costs and saves time in order for the parties to reach a speedy settlement.

During mediation the parties maintain control over the dispute and the mediator only fulfils the role of a referee. The entire mediation process is confidential and the relationship between the parties is preserved. We promote mediation before litigation as a form of dispute resolution.

Where matters cannot be resolved by mediation we refer the matter to Annerine du Plessis who will then attempt to resolve the matter by alternate dispute resolution including litigation.


Are you in need of a liquor licence? Amendments to the Western Cape liquor regulations came into effect on 1 July 2017. Significant more information is required when applying for a liquor licence. At DWDP we can help you to familiarize yourself with the liquor legislation to ensure that you and your business trade responsibly.  We can assist with the any of the following licence application types: 

• On-consumption
• Off-consumption
• On- and off-consumption
• Special Events
• Temporary licence
• Permanent Licence
• Distribution licence
• Renewals


It’s an exciting time and there’s so much to do, but have you considered a marriage contract? Thinking about a marriage contract is not as exciting, but it is so important. 

We will make the process quick, easy and painless. What are your options? You as a couple will have to choose how your assets are treated once you get married. You can either get married in Community of Property, Out of Community of Property (with accrual), Out of Community of Property (without accrual). 

If you decide to get married out of community of property, you will need to sign a marriage contract. See our marriage brochure which can be downloaded below.