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Looking abroad: Some possible insight into SA's forthcoming gambling tax

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 13:16

In the 2019 Budget Speech, the Minister of Finance announced that draft legislation pertaining to the long-awaited gambling tax would be published for public comment in 2019. We discussed this announcement in our Special Edition Budget Speech Alert of 20 February 2019. The draft legislation will possibly be published with the draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill in the next few months, but while we wait for the release of the draft legislation, we take the opportunity to consider some of the issues that have arisen with gambling tax in foreign jurisdictions.
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Have your say on CAS Bill, GBV Policy Framework

Fri, 05/24/2019 - 10:33

Members of the public and interested organisations are reminded of the looming deadlines for public comments on the Central Application Service (CAS) Bill and the Draft Policy Framework to address gender-based violence (GBV) in the Post-School Education and Training (PSET) System.
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Why speaking ill of your employer in public may get you fired

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 16:01

In the recent matter, Ndzimande and Others v Didben N.O and Others (2 April 2019), the Labour Court considered the dismissal of three employees who made disparaging statements about their employer on public radio. The Labour Court ultimately upheld the arbitration award of the CCMA, which dismissed the employees. Key facts to the finding were that: there was a policy related to external communications by employees; the employees in question understood the consequences of breaching this code and made statements which were false, malicious and damaging to the employer's reputation. The decision is important for employees and employers alike.
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#AfricaMonth: Seven things to consider when transacting in Africa

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 14:20

Ahead of the Baker McKenzie African Transactional Summit taking place in Johannesburg in May 2019, Baker McKenzie lawyers based in Africa, alongside the firm's global Africa specialists, as well as lawyers from our African Relationship Firms from across the continent, share their knowledge about what investors should consider when transacting in Africa.
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Increasing focus on environmental taxes in South Africa

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 07:35


Jerome Brink</span>Climate change and global warming are issues that have long been debated. Predictions as far back as 1982 regarding increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide are proving true. While climate change and global warming are often seen as abstract issues, the impact on communities around the world is starting to become more prevalent. Closer to home for example, we have seen an increase in ever more severe tropical cyclones off the Mozambique channel and here in South Africa we are experiencing longer, more intense droughts.
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Increasing focus on environmental taxes in South Africa

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 16:02

Climate change and global warming are issues that have long been debated. Predictions as far back as 1982 regarding increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide are proving true. While climate change and global warming are often seen as abstract issues, the impact on communities around the world is starting to become more prevalent. Closer to home for example, we have seen an increase in ever more severe tropical cyclones off the Mozambique channel and here in South Africa we are experiencing longer, more intense droughts.
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Gift cards and the deferral of tax liability

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:53


Graeme Palmer</span>The age-old question of whether moneys 'received' by the taxpayer fall within the meaning of gross income was recently addressed by the Tax Court in A Company v CSAR (IT24510).
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What constitutes financial advice?

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:48


Christine Rodrigues, partner, Hogan Lovells</span>What conduct constitutes financial advice and what would amount to negligent financial advice?
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2nd draft of Proposed Financial Provisioning Regulations published for comment

Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:09


Source: Environment News South Africa</span>The minister of environmental affairs has published the long-awaited second draft of the Proposed Regulations Pertaining to the Financial Provision for the Rehabilitation and Remediation of Environmental Damage caused by Reconnaissance, Prospecting, Exploration, Mining or Production Operations (2nd Draft FP Regulations) for comment.
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Professor Madonsela shares Rule of Law passion with Durban audience

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 15:51

Preparations for Professor Thuli Mandonsela's Trek4Mandela climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in August took a stride forward with her Masterclass on the Rule of Law in Durban on 17 May 2019.
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New guideline on medico-legal investigations of mine deaths

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 08:46


Kate Collier</span>A new guideline published by the chief inspector of mines aims to provide clarity on the process when the cause of a death on a mine is immediately unclear - due to natural causes or unrelated to mining activities, for example - and determining whether the mining-related activities may have contributed to the cause of death.
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Draft climate change adaptation strategy open for public comment

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 07:59

Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has published the Draft National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for public comment in Government Gazette 42446 (Notice No 644).
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Minister promises to finalise District Six restitution plan in August

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 07:36

The minister of rural development and land reform has promised, once again, to deliver a finalised District Six redevelopment plan in three months.
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More confusion over the fate of Botswana's elephants

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 10:20

President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana categorically denies that his government would ever cull elephants, contradicting the Parliamentary Report proposing culling. However, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism, Kitso Mokaila now proposes elephant "cropping".
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Crackdown on doctors' practices in Nelson Mandela Bay

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 09:47


Image source: Getty/Gallo</span>Two suspects have been arrested in Nelson Mandela Bay for allegedly practicing medicine unlawfully.
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Lease agreements in a volatile economic climate

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 08:16

As many retailers are looking to go digital and shrink their physical presence, lease agreements need to be fair and reasonable to protect both tenant and landlord in a volatile economic climate.
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What are transport services 'rendered by the employer'? Sars clarifies...

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 09:18

To assist employers and employees with overcoming transport-related difficulties, the Income Tax Act, 1962 (the Act) introduced a mechanism to allow employers to provide transport services to their employees and that, although qualifying as a taxable fringe benefit in the employees' hands, no taxable value was given to such benefit.
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More transparency in the chicken industry - court action suspended

Thu, 05/16/2019 - 07:14

The Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE) and the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) have agreed to lift the veil of secrecy on 'confidential' documents on which the protectionist application on chicken imports is based, thereby averting a protracted court battle.
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Have your say on draft B-BBEE sector code

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 12:27

The public can have their say on the draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Chartered Accountancy Sector Code.
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Jail time for corrupt ex-Sars auditors

Wed, 05/15/2019 - 07:30

South African Revenue Service Commissioner Edward Kieswetter has welcomed the three-year direct imprisonment sentences handed to two former Sars auditors in Durban last week.
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