Application for interim interdict – whether requirements for interim order were met – whether the appellant should have brought a separate prior application to institute the application – leave had been sought – no requirement for separate prior application for leave – requirements for intervention by additional appellants were met - requirements for interim interdict met – appeal succeeds.

Law of contract – cancellation in terms of provisions of contract – contracting party applying for interdict to stop cancellation pending judicial review of decision to cancel – interdict granted – cancellation of contract not reviewable – does not involve control of public power – not administrative action – neither reviewable under principle of legality – interdict legally unsustainable – contempt of court – order based on legally unsustainable interdict – fatally defective – requisites for contempt in any event not met – execution of contempt order granted in terms of s 18 of Superior Co

Prevention of Organised Crime Act 121 of 1998 (POCA) – ss 26 and 38 – Uniform Rules of Court – preservation of property order – urgency – whether the appellant must prove urgency when applying for a preservation order.

Interpretation of insurance contract – whether agreed indemnity period is 18 months or three months for infectious diseases cover – principles restated.

Arbitration – Review of an arbitral award – principle of party autonomy confirmed – interpretation of ‘gross irregularity’ and ‘exceeding powers’ under s 133 of the Arbitration Act 42 of 1965 affirmed.

Tonnage limitation – s 261(1) of the Merchant Shipping Act 57 of 1951 (MSA) – whether limitation can be invoked by owner of merchant ship against the owner of a ship owned by the defence force of South Africa or another country – ss 3(3) and (6) of the MSA.