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Jonathan Witts-Hewinson
Decision over claim against auditors

Claims against audit firms have become all the more prevalent and it was one such claim that recently enjoyed the scrutiny of the Supreme Court of Appeal...

By Jonathan Witts-Hewinson 31 Aug 2015 11:08

Journalists and the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI)
Journalists and the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI)

How will journalistic activities be regulated by the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) when it comes into force?...

By Danie Strachan 27 Aug 2015 09:08



Copyright Amendment Bill - a diamond in the rough
Copyright Amendment Bill - a diamond in the rough

The Copyright Amendment Bill is by all accounts a grave misfortune and a study in amateur law making. However, it is noteworthy that the Bill contains a set of provisions that is deserving of closer analysis...

By Cobus Jooste 26 Aug 2015 14:48

Putting up security for costs
Putting up security for costs

In Boost Sports South Africa (Pty) Ltd vs The South African Breweries Limited, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) required the plaintiff to put up security for costs...

By Tim Fletcher 18 Aug 2015 16:27

Now now issues - ASA and intellectual property
Now now issues - ASA and intellectual property

Some interesting issues from two of the speakers at the annual Advertising & Marketing Law Conference, Johannesburg, 3 September...

Issued by MARKETING MIX CONFERENCES 14 Aug 2015 10:50

Execution of Copyright Amendment Bill 'abysmal'
Execution of Copyright Amendment Bill 'abysmal'

The Copyright Amendment Bill, published by the dti in the Government Gazette of 27 July 2015, has some good points but the execution is abysmal...

By Prof Owen Dean 11 Aug 2015 16:19

Please tell us about advertising and marketing law issues of concern to you
Please tell us about advertising and marketing law issues of concern to you

Seven legal authorities will be addressing a host of current issues at the annual Advertising & Marketing Law Conference in Johannesburg on 3 September...

Issued by Marketing Mix Conferences 11 Aug 2015 11:14

Lewis Group rejects bad practices claims
Lewis Group rejects bad practices claims

Lewis Group on Friday rejected claims of bad practices involving two of its subsidiaries...

By Andries Mahlangu 11 Aug 2015 10:15

Irreversible cost of counterfeiting on global economies
Irreversible cost of counterfeiting on global economies

Counterfeiting is causing brand dilution, job losses and irreversible damage to global economies. Described as "the crime of the 21st century," it has become a lucrative underground business around the world...

By Dean Bellingan and Paul Muscat 4 Aug 2015 17:33

Thousands will love your new jingle, Bjorn from Sweden will claim he composed it
Thousands will love your new jingle, Bjorn from Sweden will claim he composed it

In 1971, while at an airport under dark and overcast skies in Ireland - which delayed his flight, Bill Backer - the creative director of McCann-Erickson wrote: 'I'd like to buy the world a Coke and keep it company'...

By Reinhardt Biermann and Stephen Hollis 24 Jul 2015 13:44

Heinrich Louw
Securities transfer tax exemption where parties opt out of roll-over relief

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) released Binding Private Ruling No 195 (Ruling) on 26 June 2015. The Ruling deals with the application of the exemption provision contained in s8(1)(a) of the Securities Transfer Tax Act, No 25 of 2007 (STT Act)...

By Heinrich Louw 23 Jul 2015 15:53

Importance of applying solvency and liquidity test

The Companies Act 71 of 2008 (the Act) prescribes that it is a mandatory, strict requirement for directors to apply a set solvency and liquidity test to the companies in their control when making certain decisions...

23 Jul 2015 12:37

EU opens probe into Rexam beverage can takeover
EU opens probe into Rexam beverage can takeover

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: The EU's competition regulator opened an in-depth probe on Monday into the proposed takeover of Rexam, the British maker of beverage cans, by US peer Ball Corporation in an offer worth £4.3 billion ($6.6 billion; €5.8 billion)...

22 Jul 2015 10:00

Voluntary registration: when to raise your hand
Voluntary registration: when to raise your hand

A person is obliged to register as a value-added tax (VAT) vendor where such person makes taxable supplies (comprising standard and zero-rated supplies) in excess of R1 million in a consecutive period of 12 months.

By Varusha Moodaley 21 Jul 2015 12:11

After seeing red, PJ Powers back in the pink after ASA ruling
After seeing red, PJ Powers back in the pink after ASA ruling

Well-known musician and recovering alcoholic, PJ Powers, was left seeing red recently following a print ad by supermarket giant, SPAR, which used her name without her consent...

By Kelly Thompson & Dineo Modibedi 20 Jul 2015 15:51

Unpacking tax changes to income protection policies rules
Unpacking tax changes to income protection policies rules

As of the latest tax year (starting 1 March 2015), companies are still struggling to come to grips with the consequences of the changes to the rules in respect of premiums paid to income protection policies...

By Rob Cooper 17 Jul 2015 13:51

Authors urge US antitrust probe of Amazon
Authors urge US antitrust probe of Amazon

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Authors and booksellers are urging US antitrust officials to investigate whether online retail titan Amazon is abusing its considerable power to the detriment of readers, following a similar move in Europe...

15 Jul 2015 09:55

Cell C declared the alpha dog
Cell C declared the alpha dog

Cell C has come out on top following a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) that its advertisement, which depicts a man having his leg repeatedly mounted by a dog...

By Kelly Thompson 14 Jul 2015 12:58

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Competition Commission initiates market inquiry into retail grocery sector

On 12 May 2015, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel announced that the Competition Commission would conduct a market inquiry into the retail grocery sector in terms of s43B of the Competition Act, No 89 of 1998 (Act).

13 Jul 2015 06:55

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Competition Commission approves steel merger with conditions

On 11 June 2015, the Competition Commission conditionally approved an intermediate merger between Hebei Iron and Steel Group Co. Limited (Hebei) and Duferno International Trading Holding SA (Duferno)...

By Naasha Loopoo 13 Jul 2015 06:27

NRC refers Lewis Stores and Monarch Insurance to National Consumer Tribunal
NRC refers Lewis Stores and Monarch Insurance to National Consumer Tribunal

The National Credit Regulator (NCR) has referred Lewis Stores and Monarch Insurance to the National Consumer Tribunal for alleged breaches of the National Credit Act by misselling employment and disability cover...

By Linda Ensor 9 Jul 2015 15:15

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Debt reduction by way of set-off

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) published Binding Private Ruling No. 193 (BPR 193) on 15 June 2015, which deals with the repayment of a shareholder loan by way of set-off with an outstanding loan under a subscription agreement...

By Bilal Bhamjee and Mareli Treurnicht 9 Jul 2015 12:56

Your legal cover checklist
Your legal cover checklist

What to consider when shopping around for legal cover...

29 Jun 2015 15:46

How to make your trade mark
How to make your trade mark

In a shrinking globally competitive market a trade mark can be the single most valuable asset of a company. An extremely important feature of a trade mark is that it must have the ability to distinguish the relevant goods...

By Burton Meyer and Nicole Meyer 24 Jun 2015 14:14

High Court to hear application to intervene in medical aid regulation case
High Court to hear application to intervene in medical aid regulation case

In September 2014, Genesis Medical Scheme launched an application against the Minister of Health, asking the Western Cape High Court to review and set aside regulations that provide for the Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMBs)...

22 Jun 2015 19:16

Retail sector probe welcome, says Massmart
Retail sector probe welcome, says Massmart

Massmart has welcomed the Competition Commission's market inquiry into the retail sector but says it will continue pursuing its own legal proceedings against anti-competitive exclusive lease agreements held by large grocers...

17 Jun 2015 08:15

[Source Africa 2015] Africa en vogue
[Source Africa 2015] Africa en vogue

Africa is certainly the next big thing when it comes to trading partners for the US, and the recent reauthorisation of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for another 10 years has just made it even hotter...

By Nicci Botha 11 Jun 2015 08:15

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Final guidelines for determination of administrative penalties published

The Competition Commission has published the final Guidelines for Determination of Administrative Penalties for Prohibited Practices...

By Leana Engelbrecht 8 Jun 2015 11:53

Competition Tribunal approves Ethos and Nampak merger
Competition Tribunal approves Ethos and Nampak merger

On 1 April 2015 the Competition Tribunal approved a merger in which Ethos Private Equity Fund VI acquired control over the Nampak Corrugated and Nampak Tissue business divisions of Nampak Limited...

By Kitso Tlhabanelo 5 Jun 2015 09:42

Judgment clarifies needletime royalties
Judgment clarifies needletime royalties

You wait ages for a reported judgment concerning 'needletime' royalties pursuant to section 9A of the Copyright Act, and then two come along at approximately the same time...

By Professor Sadulla Karjiker 4 Jun 2015 13:25

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