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NPA provisionally withdraws Estina dairy farm case
NPA provisionally withdraws Estina dairy farm case

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has provisionally withdrawn its case against 11 accused who were allegedly involved in the Estina dairy farm case.

5 Dec 2018

Can patents help regulate future experimentation with designer babies?
Can patents help regulate future experimentation with designer babies?

Jiankui He, an associate professor of bioengineering who is currently on leave from Southern University of Science and Technology, in Shenzhen, China, has claimed to be the first to successfully bring to life two genetically-edited twin girls, Lulu and Nana. The objective was to prevent the twin baby girls from acquiring HIV infection by modifying their genes...

By Daniel Mak 5 Dec 2018

When can a landlord evict law-abiding tenants to renovate?
When can a landlord evict law-abiding tenants to renovate?

When can a landlord evict law-abiding tenants in order to effect refurbishments?

By Ohene Yaw Ampofo-Anti 5 Dec 2018

National Assembly gives land expropriation report green light
National Assembly gives land expropriation report green light

After a debate that lasted for over 70 minutes, a majority of the Members of Parliament in the National Assembly have voted in favour of the adoption of a report of the Constitutional Review Committee on the review of Section 25 of the Constitution...

5 Dec 2018

Shamila Batohi is the new NDPP
Shamila Batohi is the new NDPP

Career Advocate Shamila Batohi has been appointed as the new National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP)...

5 Dec 2018

Cogta continues to engage Khoisan Council
Cogta continues to engage Khoisan Council

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has committed to continue to engage the National Khoisan Council (NKC) as part of the implementation of the South African Human Rights Commission Report on the promotion of rights of the Khoi and San people...

4 Dec 2018

Unisa-Sowetan Dialogues kicks off with discussion around land debate
Unisa-Sowetan Dialogues kicks off with discussion around land debate

Late last month, Unisa's Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL), in partnership with Unisa and The Sowetan, launched the first of the Unisa-Sowetan Dialogues...

4 Dec 2018

More sea cliffs collapse at West Coast mine
More sea cliffs collapse at West Coast mine

The coastal sea cliff overlooking West Coast beaches being mined by an Australian-owned company has collapsed in four more places...

By John Yeld 4 Dec 2018

Are businesses legally obligated to pay employee bonuses?
Are businesses legally obligated to pay employee bonuses?

The short answer: if payment of a bonus is a guaranteed right, either in terms of an employee's contract or perhaps an industry-regulated Bargaining Council Main Agreement, then yes...

By Gavin Stansfield 3 Dec 2018

Garyn Rapson, partner at Webber Wentzel
Some take outs on carbon tax

After more than eight years in the making, South Africa's carbon tax law is expected to take effect on 1 June 2019...

By Garyn Rapson 3 Dec 2018

Parktown Boys High coach gets 23 years imprisonment
Parktown Boys High coach gets 23 years imprisonment

A former water polo coach at Parktown Boys High has been sentenced to 23 years in jail...

3 Dec 2018

Wendy Simmons, audit manager at Hobbs Sinclair
A question of ethics

In this past year, our profession, and in particular, our reputation as independent auditors and chartered accountants, has been subjected to fairly intense scrutiny...

By Wendy Simmons 30 Nov 2018

Penalties for outstanding corporate income tax returns to kick in soon
Penalties for outstanding corporate income tax returns to kick in soon

Sars will soon impose administrative non-compliance penalties for outstanding corporate income tax (CIT) returns...

29 Nov 2018

Court orders SASSA to pay grants into accounts chosen by beneficiaries
Court orders SASSA to pay grants into accounts chosen by beneficiaries

The Pretoria High Court on Wednesday, 28 November 2018, handed down an interim order requiring the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to pay social grants into accounts chosen by grant beneficiaries...

29 Nov 2018

National Assembly approves MTBPS, Election bills
National Assembly approves MTBPS, Election bills

The National Assembly on Wednesday approved several legislative matters concerning the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) and one about free and fair elections - the Electoral Laws Amendment Bill...

29 Nov 2018

National Assembly, NCOP pass raft of bills
National Assembly, NCOP pass raft of bills

The National Assembly and National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Tuesday passed several Bills at their plenary sittings as Parliament begins to wind down for 2018...

28 Nov 2018

Child Justice Amendment Bill moves to NCOP
Child Justice Amendment Bill moves to NCOP

The National Assembly has given the thumbs-up to the Child Justice Amendment Bill, which, once passed into law, will raise the age at which a child can be held criminally liable from 10 to 12 years...

28 Nov 2018

Money mules. A growing trend in money laundering
Money mules. A growing trend in money laundering

Banks are using biometrics (fingerprint identification) to verify account holders.Although this brings greater security to minimise identity theft and impersonation, it has created a loophole...

28 Nov 2018

Mashudu Mphafudi, director in the finance & banking practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Private healthcare is ripe for transformation

It's no secret that a small number of 'big names' dominate the private healthcare and medical aid industries...

28 Nov 2018

Minister probes Durban court shooting
Minister probes Durban court shooting

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha has instituted an investigation into the shooting that took place at the Durban Magistrate Court on Monday...

27 Nov 2018

#RecruitmentFocus: SA must amend restrictive labour laws to curb unemployment
#RecruitmentFocus: SA must amend restrictive labour laws to curb unemployment

South Africa must create jobs for the many unskilled workers in the country and not the skilled workforce it wishes it had...

By Arnoux Maré 27 Nov 2018

Promise of right to housing remains elusive in democratic South Africa
Promise of right to housing remains elusive in democratic South Africa

South Africa's Constitution protects everyone's right to access adequate housing...

By Soraya Beukes 27 Nov 2018

Import regulations: What traveller's to SA should know
Import regulations: What traveller's to SA should know

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has called all international travellers, who will be visiting South Africa during the festive season, to comply with the country's import requirements for agricultural and related regulated products...

26 Nov 2018

Taking the pressure out of depression
Taking the pressure out of depression

The Labour Court recently considered whether the dismissal of an employee on the grounds of misconduct, where the employee suffered from a medical condition which had been made known to the employer, constituted an automatically unfair dismissal and unfair discrimination...

By Motheo Mfikoe and Rui Lopes 26 Nov 2018

Gambling Amendment Bill to strengthen regulatory environment
Gambling Amendment Bill to strengthen regulatory environment

The National Gambling Amendment Bill will go a long way in strengthening South Africa's regulatory environment of the gambling industry, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies...

26 Nov 2018

#RecruitmentFocus: Minimum wage bill is signed into law
#RecruitmentFocus: Minimum wage bill is signed into law

President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially signed the new - and up till now, much-criticised - National Minimum Wage Bill into law...

23 Nov 2018

Xolobeni community members celebrated at the North Gauteng High Court after Judge Annali Basson ruled that the Department of Mineral Resources has to obtain consent from mining communities before granting a mining right to a company. Photo:Zoe Postman
Government and companies must obtain "full and informed" consent from communities before granting mining rights, says judge

The DMR has to obtain "full and informed" consent from communities under customary law before granting mining rights to companies...

By Zoe Postman 23 Nov 2018

Abalone. Image by Toby Hudson, CC BY-SA 3.0,
First steps to tackling South Africa's abalone poaching

South Africa faces the possible collapse of several inshore fisheries, particularly certain species of linefish, abalone and West Coast Rock Lobster...

By Marieke Norton 23 Nov 2018

#RecruitmentFocus: What do we need to know about the legalities of overtime and after-hours work?
#RecruitmentFocus: What do we need to know about the legalities of overtime and after-hours work?

As we head into the holiday season, any number of retail and hospitality employees will be expected to work overtime during this period. So what should they, as well as HR, know about their legal rights in this regard...?

By Shan Radcliffe 23 Nov 2018

Mboweni tables Carbon Tax Bill
Mboweni tables Carbon Tax Bill

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has tabled the Carbon Tax Bill in Parliament, giving effect to the announcements made in the 2017 and 2018 Budget statements...

22 Nov 2018

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