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Caxton and Independent Group fined for colluding on advertising prices

Newspaper publisher Caxton has been fined R5.8m and the Independent Group R2.2m for colluding on the prices they charged to advertisers, the Competition Commission said on Friday...

By Robert Laing 2 days ago

After long delay, lab service starts CEO's disciplinary hearing
After long delay, lab service starts CEO's disciplinary hearing

Almost a year after the National Health Laboratory Service's (NHLS's) board suspended its top executives for alleged corruption and maladministration, it has only just begun getting its teeth into the meat of the disciplinary action it brought against them...

By Tamar Kahn 2 days ago

SA Airlink excessive pricing case heads for tribunal
SA Airlink excessive pricing case heads for tribunal

Privately-owned regional carrier SA Airlink is to face prosecution after its passengers on the Johannesburg-Mthatha route overpaid about R100m over five years, the Competition Commission said this week...

2 days ago

Police resources: there's nothing wrong with the allocation system, SAPS tells court
Police resources: there's nothing wrong with the allocation system, SAPS tells court

There is nothing wrong with the way police resources are allocated, a lawyer for the South African Police Service (SAPS) told the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday...

By Mary-Anne Gontsana 2 days ago

Facebook, Twitter not fully complying with consumer rules: EU
Facebook, Twitter not fully complying with consumer rules: EU

The European Commission said on Thursday that certain social media companies need to do more to fully comply with EU consumer rules, singling out in particular Facebook and Twitter...

2 days ago

Pretoria High Court. Photo: brandsouthafrica.com
Mining community networks want their voices heard on Mining Charter

Mining community networks will be at the Pretoria High Court from Monday to argue that the Mining Charter should be set aside due to a lack of meaningful community engagement.

2 days ago

Hawks arrest two more people in connection with controversial Vrede dairy farm project
Hawks arrest two more people in connection with controversial Vrede dairy farm project

Five people have been arrested in connection with the investigations into the controversial Vrede Dairy Farm project...

By Nomahlubi Jordaan 3 days ago

Exclusive Books CEO 'to defend name'
Exclusive Books CEO 'to defend name'

Exclusive Books CEO Benjamin Trisk says he plans to defend his "name and reputation", following his suspension by the business's board pending the outcome of a disciplinary inquiry...

By Hanna Ziady 3 days ago

Could Zuma approach the Employment Tribunal?
Could Zuma approach the Employment Tribunal?

With Jacob Zuma finally announcing his resignation from the presidency following pressure from the ANC NEC, the question arises on his possible legal remedies should he feel aggrieved at being compelled to vacate his office and official residence...

By Johan Botes 3 days ago

NPC welcomes State Capture Commission
NPC welcomes State Capture Commission

The National Planning Commission, led by its Chairperson Minister Jeff Radebe and Deputy Chairperson Malegapuru Makgoba, has welcomed the establishment of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture...

14 Feb 2018

Pick n Pay Constantia. ©Lauren Hartzenberg
Tribunal kicks out Massmart's mall case

The Competition Tribunal has dismissed Massmart's complaint that Shoprite Checkers, Pick n Pay and Spar were taking part in anticompetitive behaviour through exclusive leases with shopping-mall landlords.

By Michelle Gumede 14 Feb 2018

Sarb to weigh up fintech and its impact on regulation
Sarb to weigh up fintech and its impact on regulation

The South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) has established a fintech programme to assess the impact of technology on the financial services sector, and its regulatory implications...

14 Feb 2018

Leaked MiWay conversation with Zwelithini contravenes law: Information Regulator
Leaked MiWay conversation with Zwelithini contravenes law: Information Regulator

The leaked conversation between a sales rep from the insurance company MiWay and King Goodwill Zwelithini contravened the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA).

By Nico Gous 13 Feb 2018

New authority replaces 'slow' Medicines Control Council
New authority replaces 'slow' Medicines Control Council

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has appointed members of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) board, which replaces the Medicines Control Council (MCC)...

13 Feb 2018

Property developers will face cash flow pressure due to VAT on temporary rental of residential units
Property developers will face cash flow pressure due to VAT on temporary rental of residential units

The curtains have come down on section 18B of the Value-Added Tax Act, No. 89 of 1991 (VAT Act) and the resultant impact may catch a few residential property developers off-guard...

By Chetan Vanmali, Des Kruger and Andile Miya 13 Feb 2018

Life sentence for human trafficker
Life sentence for human trafficker

The Uitenhage Regional Court has sentenced Nombuyiselo Matini to life in prison for human trafficking...

13 Feb 2018

Sars to hold sugar tax roadshows in March
Sars to hold sugar tax roadshows in March

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) will engage industry stakeholders on the Sugary Beverages Levy...

13 Feb 2018

Can you restrain without a restraint?
Can you restrain without a restraint?

The Labour Court in South Africa recently considered whether an employer could restrain its former employees from commencing employment with its competitors, without having an agreed restraint of trade...

By Motheo Mfikoe 13 Feb 2018

Tax break for voluntarily retrenched employees
Tax break for voluntarily retrenched employees

Sait recently made submissions to Sars regarding the tax treatment of amounts received in consequence of voluntary retrenchments. Sait has received clarification that voluntary severance packages qualify as severance benefits...

By Joon Chong, Dhevarsha Ramjettan, Nivaani Moodley a 12 Feb 2018

Six arrested for killings in Marikana
Six arrested for killings in Marikana

A police operation has led to the arrest of six suspects who are thought to be behind the killings of people in Marikana, North West, five years ago, says Police Minister Fikile Mbalula...

12 Feb 2018

Acsa trio face the chop following inquiry
Acsa trio face the chop following inquiry

Three employees at Airports Company SA (Acsa) face the axe after a disciplinary inquiry found them guilty of flouting supply chain rules and failing to obtain authorisation to participate in an Acsa empowerment scheme...

By Moyagabo Maake 12 Feb 2018

Waymo, Uber end trade secrets theft trial with settlement
Waymo, Uber end trade secrets theft trial with settlement

Waymo and Uber announced an agreement on Friday, 9 February 2018, in the blockbuster federal lawsuit over allegedly stolen trade secrets from the former Google self-driving car project...

12 Feb 2018

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The real reason why Gauteng doesn't want to pay up for #LifeEsidimeni

The Gauteng provincial government's resistance to paying constitutional damages to the families who lost their loved ones in the Life Esidimeni tragedy, may be tied to the fear of accepting greater responsibility...

By Nelisiwe Msomi 12 Feb 2018

Police Minister speaks on Phahlane's case
Police Minister speaks on Phahlane's case

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has noted the charges by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) against former acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane...

9 Feb 2018

Online system for national minimum wage exemptions
Online system for national minimum wage exemptions

The Department of Labour is developing an online system to help analyse data submitted by employers when applying for national minimum wage exemptions...

9 Feb 2018

Are you buying a residential property for business use? Be sure to first check your zoning rights
Are you buying a residential property for business use? Be sure to first check your zoning rights

PJ Veldhuizen, CEO of Gillan and Veldhuizen Attorneys, warns both estate agents and buyers of the danger of not checking if a property you are buying or selling for commercial use is zoned correctly...

9 Feb 2018

FICA: Being an accountable institution and following client due diligence
FICA: Being an accountable institution and following client due diligence

The FIC Act is designed to enable authorities to better understand the movement of money in order to reveal unlawful activities. However, the regulations therein not only pertain to transgressors of the Act, but also companies involved in a business relationship with those companies...

By Hondo Swartz 9 Feb 2018

Roger Baxter, CEO: South African Chamber of Mines
#miningindaba18: Regulatory environment threatens investment in mining

After a tumultuous ride, the world economy pendulum is starting to swing in favour of commodities, but it's the current regulatory environment that is the real trial facing the South African mining industry...

By Nicci Botha 9 Feb 2018

Graham Briggs. Photo: Towerstone
#miningindaba18: Miners face delay in pact over silicosis class action

Hopes have been tempered of a quick resolution to the occupational lung disease class action including thousands of former miners afflicted with silicosis...

9 Feb 2018

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