It generally goes without saying that paying your rent by the first is important, both to maintain good relationships with your agent and landlord and also to ensure your lease is not placed in jeopardy. It is a generalisation that you can pay your rent by the 7th. This really depends on whether your lease agreement makes provision for this. Many leases, including yours, however require you to pay by the 1st to avoid being in breach of contract.To ensure you receive a favourable reference from your current agent or landlord or to ensure the landlord agrees to renew your lease period, it is imperative to pay on time every month. It is also your responsibility to ensure that you are settling all bills that are contractually your responsibility, like electricity if this is supplied by the city of Cape Town or billed to you in arrears by the agent. Remember that if utilities are being used by you, you are responsible for ensuring you pay it. Always refer to your lease if you're in doubt. Please be aware that penalties may be charged for late payments and if late payments persist it becomes the landlords prerogative to cancel your lease forthwith and require you to vacate. This is apart from any legal action to recover arrears. You may also have your credit record tainted with listings of late payment.
You will find that most landlords and agents are generally understanding regarding hitches in getting your rent paid on time, as long as this is not on an ongoing basis. It's always worth keeping your agent informed if you have problems paying your rent versus keeping quiet and hoping they don't notice.
Remember it is NEVER acceptable to withhold rent for ANY reason unless agreed by both parties.