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Debt reduction and mining assets

On 18 February 2015, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) released Binding Private Ruling 187, which dealt with the waiver of a loan subsequent to the implementation of an intra-group transaction...

By Heinrich Louw 26 Feb 2015 08:37

Second competition authority can hamper business in Africa

There has been a strong move to establish national competition authorities across Africa and now, regional competition authorities...

By Sandhya Naidoo 26 Feb 2015 08:23

SARS awaits comments on changes to deferment scheme

Currently, if an importer applied for and is accepted into the SARS deferment scheme, the payment of import duty and import VAT may be deferred or suspended for up to 30 days...

By Virusha Subban 26 Feb 2015 06:45

Ali Baba and the forty spies

South Africa's worst intelligence breach has exposed cover-ups of the theft of military blueprints, attempted secret nuclear deals and the operation of extremist groups in the country...

By Shaun Smillie and Graeme Hosken 25 Feb 2015 12:15

Contracting parties must carefully consider their communication

Standard non-variation clauses in agreements seek to ensure that any variation or consensual cancellation of the agreement is formally agreed to by the parties, usually by requiring that such variation or cancellation be reduced to writing and signed by the parties...

By Simone Gill and Mukelo Ngobese 23 Feb 2015 09:01

Pistorius advert gets most complaints ever in Britain

LONDON, UK: An advertisement making light of the trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius received by far the most complaints ever in Britain, the advertising watchdog said on Friday...

23 Feb 2015 07:20

Cell C DealMakers Annual Gala Awards for 2014 announced

The results of the Cell C DealMakers Annual Gala Awards for 2014 were revealed on Tuesday, 17 February, at the Sandton Convention Centre...

20 Feb 2015 11:38

Agbiz to engage with gov't to alleviate consequences of proposed measures

In his State of the Nation Address (SONA) President Zuma made considerable reference to land reform issues, including the introduction of a 12,000 hectares (ha) land ceiling, foreigners to be deprived of owning land in South Africa, the introduction of the Office of the Valuer-General to signal the end of the so-called "willing buyer, willing seller" principle, and the introduction of the 50/50 farmworker equity and co-management scheme on a pilot basis.

18 Feb 2015 09:35

Judgment an important decision under business rescue regime

One of the most significant judgments affecting the business rescue regime to date, was handed down in December 2014...

18 Feb 2015 08:47

Time to circle the wagons to defend 'our biltong': prof

Rooibos has made it, as have honeybush tea and Karoo lamb. And according to Professor Melville Saayman, biltong should be the next South African product to be granted trademark protection...

By Helley Seid 16 Feb 2015 11:22

Threat to gag Sunday Times over hidden Swiss billions

Banking giant HSBC has threatened the Sunday Times for exposing the wealthy South Africans who stashed R23bn in secretive Swiss bank accounts, demanding all this data be 'destroyed'...

By Rob Rose and Tina Weavind 16 Feb 2015 06:26

Amstel Lite packaging ruled 'too similar' to Castle Lite

Castle Lite remains the heavyweight in the "lite" beer market after a competitor was last week ordered to change the appearance of its beer cans and six-pack wrapping...

By Penelope Mashego 12 Feb 2015 13:28

Copyright does not protect functionality of apps

The boom in the development of smart device technologies and mobile apps during the last few years has created an amazing platform for entrepreneurs...

By Danie Pienaar 12 Feb 2015 08:29

Small businesses guilty of market division

Contrary to popular belief, it's not only large firms that attract the attentions of the Competition Commission...

By Petra Krusche 11 Feb 2015 08:40

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