Legal Trends 2018

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On land expropriation without compensation: Be aware of the risks

The National Emergent Red Meat Producers' Organisation (NERPO) has, according to reports, come out in favour of expropriation of farm land without compensation.

By Kerwin Lebone 23 hours ago

Senate gives final passage to contested surveillance bill

The US Senate on Thursday gave final congressional approval to a bill extending a fiercely contested program giving national security agencies broad authority to intercept private electronic communications.

21 hours ago

VAT hike on the cards, but it won't be easy for Gigaba

With the budget deficit projected to widen from 3.1% to 4.3% of GDP in the current fiscal year and tax revenue expected to fall R50.8bn short of earlier estimates, the Treasury is gripped by the challenge of finding new income streams. Many citizens believe, or fear, it will find them by raising taxes.

By Sunita Menon 1 day ago

McKinsey strongly denies corruption allegations concerning Eskom and Trillian point by point

Global consultancy McKinsey has strongly denied allegations that it was involved in corrupt efforts to milk Eskom of hundreds of millions of rand...

By Linda Ensor 2 days ago

Attack on chicken import limits revived

South African poultry producers will be getting another opportunity to mount a legal challenge against the chicken import restriction that was introduced in Namibia...

By Werner Menges 1 day ago

How to fill SA's immediate skills gap

A new report compiled by expatriate solutions provider Xpatweb, titled Critical Skills Survey Results 2017, confirms that local companies are hard pressed to find the right expertise to achieve their corporate goals...

By Marisa Jacobs 1 day ago

Why the drought levy tabled by Cape Town's mayor is unfair

Day Zero: the dreaded day when Cape Town's taps are expected to run dry has been moved forward to 22 April...

By Lee-Ann Steenkamp 2 days ago

Unethical touting and how to avoid becoming a victim

People who are injured in accidents are warned not to fall victim to 'touts' offering legal services for personal injury claims...

1 day ago

Disabled people in Africa get a raw deal. What's been done to fix this

The African Commission has drafted a new protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights that emphasises the importance of the right of people with disability to have equal recognition before the law...

By Laura-Stella Enonchong 2 days ago

US state of New Jersey outlaws drunk droning

NEW YORK, USA: Drunk driving has been a social taboo for decades, but New Jersey has now added drunk droning to the statute books: outlawing the flying of unmanned aircraft after one too many drinks...

2 days ago

When schoolyard bullying becomes a lawsuit

As the new school year starts in earnest this week, parents need to be aware of aware of the potential personal litigation risks that their children could face if they engage in bullying behaviour...

3 days ago

Legal defence fund set up for Jacques Pauw over The President's Keepers

On Monday, Media Monitoring Africa announced a "legal defence fund" for journalist and author Jacques Pauw to fight legal challenges over his explosive 2017 book, The President's Keepers.

By Khulekani Magubane 3 days ago

Commission set to wrap up probe into school uniform sector collusion

The Competition Commission's probe into the supply of school uniforms has so far established that various schools had made exclusive supply deals with stockists...

16 Jan 2018

Sars' 2017 Tax Statistics identifies "PITfalls"

The 10th annual edition of the tax statistics for South Africa provides data on the key trends in tax revenue collections and highlights the role the tax system plays in contributing to South Africa's fiscal health...

By Des Kruger and Wesley Grimm 16 Jan 2018

Maitland slumlord forced to fix up property

The Maitland house crammed with 52 immigrants who shared one toilet is under renovation, following action taken by the City of Cape Town...

By Tariro Washinyira 3 days ago

National Minimum Wage briefing sessions resume

Briefing and engagement sessions aimed at educating workers about the National Minimum Wage (NMW) policy, which takes effect from 1 May 2018, are set to resume this week...

3 days ago

Canadian man charged over leak of three billion hacked accounts

An Ontario man made his first court appearance on Monday, 15 January 2018, to answer charges of running a website that collected personal and password data from some three billion accounts, and sold them for profit...

3 days ago

Labour Law amendments give new families more time to bond

In November last year, the Labour Law Amendment Act, 2015 was passed by Parliament. While the media has mostly focused on the right to longer leave for new fathers, the provisions cover a broader spectrum of concerns...

15 Jan 2018

Anti-smoking legislation could be an affront to freedom

The Department of Health will be submitting plans to amend legislation around smoking this year. Are the proposed changes entirely reasonable...?

By Jason Snyman 15 Jan 2018

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International

Tesla faces fresh Norway lawsuit over false advertising

OSLO, Norway: Nearly 80 Tesla owners in Norway have sued the US automaker over misleading advertising, saying their electric car did not deliver the promised performance, Norwegian daily Dagens Naeringsliv (DN) reported on Thursday.

12 Jan 2018

Steinhoff investors ask to join Dutch lawsuit

The Dutch Investors Association (VEB) says it has been approached by many South African-registered Steinhoff shareholders interested in participating in its class action against Steinhoff.

By Ann Crotty 12 Jan 2018

Kazakhstan passes controversial media law

ASTANA, Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan on Thursday pushed through a raft of controversial amendments to a media law despite concern that the new legislation will further limit freedom of speech in the tightly-controlled nation.

29 Dec 2017

What to do when you experience sexual harassment at work

In recent times, the news has featured several women who have come out to speak about one form of sexual harassment or the other they experienced while at work. From unwanted sexual advances to derogatory remarks about your sex, sexual harassment is a deep-seated issue especially in the workplace.

Issued by Naija Writers’ Coach 28 Dec 2017

US broadcaster faces $13.3m fine for airing undisclosed paid ads

WASHINGTON - US regulators on Thursday announced a record $13.3m fine against a major television company for airing promotional content without telling viewers it had been paid to air it.

22 Dec 2017

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