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Outa fights for independent candidates' right to stand for office

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 15:23

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has applied to the Constitutional Court for permission to intervene as an amicus curiae (a friend of the court) in a case calling for reform to the electoral system. Outa is represented on a pro bono basis by advocates Isabel Goodman and Emma Webber, instructed by Laura Macfarlane of Norton Rose Fulbright.
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Speedy access to comprehensive data essential in fraud investigations

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 14:50

With fraud representing one of the biggest threats to business, how can organisations best protect themselves and what should they do on discovery of a suspected fraud?
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Disconnect between business and state contributed to Marikana massacre

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 12:34


Ambiguity of the transformation rules made it possible for mining companies to renege on their commitments. Shutterstock</span>The Marikana massacre, in which 34 striking mineworkers were shot dead by police on 16 August 2012, was a tragic and historic event in South Africa. A judicial commission of inquiry set up to investigate how it came about put much of the blame on the police.
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Home Affairs announces visa-free status for four countries

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 11:52

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced that nationals from four of the seven countries he granted visa-free status during his Budget Vote speech will be able to travel to South Africa without visas from today.
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What Appeal Court's fracking judgment means

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 10:40

Anti-fracking activists won their appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) last month. The legal victory of Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) and others means that environmental regulation of mining activities has been taken out of the hands of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR).
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Should reinstatement always be awarded after unfair dismissal?

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 14:38

The Labour Appeal Court recently had to consider whether reinstatement must always be awarded where a dismissal is found to be substantively unfair, in the case of Afgen (Pty) Ltd v Ziqubu (2019).
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Licensing royalties. Cost or marketing investment?

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 14:00


Image credit: Jonathan Kemper on Unsplash.</span>Royalties paid for character licensing is not a direct cost to business - it is a marketing cost to increase sales, help build brands and, more importantly, profit margins.
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Reflecting on the concept of 'reflective losses'

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 12:34

The High Court in Hlumisa Investment Holdings (RF) Limited and Another v Kirkins and Others (Hlumisa judgment), was recently tasked with considering whether shareholders are empowered to hold directors liable, in terms of section 218(2) of the Companies Act, 71 of 2008 (Companies Act), for conduct which results in a decrease to the share price. Although the Hlumisa judgment also concerned the conduct of auditors and holding the auditors liable for such conduct, this article does not seek to elaborate on those points.
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How to navigate SA's evolving legal landscape

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 13:19

Most, if not all, industries are constantly evolving and changing. The need for transformation in South African law firms has become a necessity, especially when working with parastatals or the government. Having a good BEE rating and creating meaningful transformation in the workplace has become key to securing and keeping new business.
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District Six: Why judge described minister as 'reckless and grossly negligent'

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 11:49

On 2 August, the Land Claims Court delivered an important judgment for people forcefully removed from their homes during apartheid who have still not received restitution from the government under the Restitution of Land Rights Act.
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What you need to know about eThekwini's new outdoor advertising by-laws

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 16:38

The eThekwini Municipality's new outdoor advertising by-law has come into force, effective 4 July 2019.
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Brits farmers, retailers slapped with labour penalties

Mon, 08/12/2019 - 11:16

Farmers, retailers and operators in the hospitality sector in Brits, North West, have been slapped with labour penalties following a two-day blitz inspection by the Employment and Labour Department.
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NHI one step closer to universal coverage

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 14:46


Image source: Getty/Gallo</span>The much anticipated National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill has officially been released by Parliament - paving the way for public participation and engagement on it.
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Hawks confirm Mkhwebane investigation

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 13:31

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) has confirmed it is investigating allegations of perjury laid against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane.
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Building on the enduring legacy of Tuks Law School

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 17:01

The School for Legal Practice semester course has been a revered programme for many years. Resting on the notable reputation of the University of Pretoria's (UP) Law Faculty, this unique six-month postgraduate programme enables delegates to reduce the duration of their articles of clerkship to one year, instead of two, by covering the whole ambit of the Attorneys' Admission Examination in one semester.
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Climate change emerging as a legal liability risk for lenders in SA

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 16:33

Legal liability for climate change is an emerging risk for lenders in South Africa - a risk that is by no means limited to projects in the fossil fuel industry.
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Asylum seekers have to wait a year for an appointment in Port Elizabeth

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 15:52

Asylum seekers in Port Elizabeth say they fear arrest because they do not have paperwork proving that they have applied for refugee status. This is because the Refugee Reception Office (RRO) is booking appointments for asylum seekers a year in advance.
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Bank of Baroda slapped with R400k fine

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 10:28

The Prudential Authority (PA) has issued the Bank of Baroda a R400,000 administrative sanction for non-compliance with certain provisions of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act.
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Can parents sue if their child is injured at school?

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 15:13

Parents send their children to school with a reasonable expectation that they will be as safe as they would be at home, however accidents happen at schools on an alarmingly frequent basis in South Africa.
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Department of Labour to conduct inspections in Brits

Tue, 08/06/2019 - 12:22

The farming, wholesale and retail sectors in Brits in the North West will be under the spotlight this week when labour inspectors visit the area.
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