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Your legal cover checklist

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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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Comair's application to set aside SAA bail-out is dismissed

Pretoria High Court Judge Hans Fabricius on Monday, 1 June, dismissed Comair's application to set aside the government's bail-outs of SAA...

By Andiswa Maqutu 2 Jun 2015 10:43

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South Africa's bold move on salt gets off to a shaky start

South Africa has been a trailblazer on the continent in the global battle to reduce salt intake through food. But three years after the bold food policy was first introduced in South Africa - and less than a year until it finally becomes law - the country has still not set up programmes to monitor how effective the legislation will be...

By Karen Charlton and Alta Schutte 2 Jun 2015 08:55

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Payment guarantees the life blood of commerce

In the past, our courts have called payment guarantees issued by banks in commercial deals 'the life blood of commerce' which should not lightly be subjected to judicial interference...

By Brigit Rubinstein 28 May 2015 06:27

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SCA judgment brings end to interpretations of 'binding offer'

On 20 May 2015, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) delivered judgment in the matter of African Banking Corporation of Botswana v Kariba Furniture Manufacturers & others, dealing decisively with (among other things) the proper interpretation of the words 'binding offer' as they appear in s153 of the Companies Act...

By Grant Ford and Lucinde Rhoodie 28 May 2015 06:20

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Possible removal of rebate evokes criticism

With effect from 1 January 2012, the South African government introduced s6quin of the Income Tax Act, No 58 of 1962, which provides for a rebate in respect of foreign taxes paid by a South African resident for services rendered within South Africa...

By Mareli Treurnicht and Heinrich Louw 27 May 2015 12:49

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Provisions in Act can defer payment of CGT

If a person disposes of an asset during the current tax year, but only becomes entitled to payment in future tax years, the Income Tax Act, 1962 provides that the amount is deemed to have accrued to that person during the current tax year...

By Graeme Palmer 25 May 2015 06:49

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Competition Commission to investigate retail sector

The Competition Commission will soon be publishing its terms of reference to launch a market inquiry into parts of the retail sector...

By Ahmore Burger-Smidt and Kriska-Leila Goolabjith 22 May 2015 11:44

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Who is obliged to report a reportable arrangement?

The list of reportable arrangements was extended by the South African Revenue Service in a notice (SARS Notice) published on 16 March 2015 in terms of s35(2) and s36(4) of the Tax Administration Act, No 28 of 2011 (TAA)...

By Ben Strauss 14 May 2015 13:12

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Tax laws are not in line with growth in digital economy

Charles de Wet, head of Indirect Tax, PwC Africa, says South Africa's tax laws have not kept pace with the growth of the digital economy and changes in the way in which business is conducted...

14 May 2015 11:01

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Liquidation a tool to save a business

Starting a business involves risk. Sometimes businesses do well and sometimes they fail. That is just the nature of business...

By Nanika Prinsloo 13 May 2015 12:26

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Financial-news websites face off in high court

The clash of the financial-news websites kicked off in the High Court in Johannesburg this week, as Moneyweb accused Fin24 of stealing stories off its website...

12 May 2015 12:06

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Trade with Nigeria requires NAFDAC registration

Companies and individuals trading in the food industry, pharmaceutical and medical industry, and the cosmetics industry should be aware of the laws in Nigeria regarding the importation, manufacture, distribution, sale or even advertisement of their products...

By Rachel Habib 11 May 2015 07:03

SAA guarantee a delaying device, says Comair
SAA guarantee a delaying device, says Comair

SAA's precarious financial position was laid bare in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday, 5 May, as competitor Comair challenged the financial assistance provided by the government...

8 May 2015 07:16

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Financial transactions reportable to SARS

Certain financial transactions meeting the requirements set out in section 35 of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 are reportable to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) by the promoter or person who derives a tax or financial benefit from the arrangement...

7 May 2015 09:03

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Consumer Protection Act protects car buyers

Many consumers are quick to threaten action by the CPA if they feel they've been duped, but the law isn't always on their side...

By Jeff Osborne 4 May 2015 08:34

Tribunal agrees settlement terms for cycle cartel
Tribunal agrees settlement terms for cycle cartel

Four of the 20 bicycle retailers and wholesalers implicated in a price-fixing scandal appeared before the Competition Tribunal yesterday, 29 April 2015...

By Roxanne Henderson and Kingdom Mabuza 30 Apr 2015 16:37

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Application to amend statement of grounds of assessment denied

Judgment was delivered by the Tax Court in the matter between ABC (Pty) Ltd v Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service (SARS) on 8 December 2014. The matter concerned, among other things, an application by SARS to amend its statement of grounds of assessment...

By Heinrich Louw 29 Apr 2015 13:05

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Tour packages are subject to VAT

The Cape Tax Court recently held that tour packages supplied by local tour operators (TO's) to foreign tour operators (FTO's) are subject to VAT at the standard rate and not the zero rate...

By Chris Eagar 29 Apr 2015 10:49

Mootis.com - new social network for lawyers
Mootis.com - new social network for lawyers

Following its successful launch in the UK in January 2015, Mootis, the social networking and microblogging platform for lawyers and anyone interested in law, is launching in South Africa...

28 Apr 2015 13:52

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New transport regulations can have far-reaching consequences

The recently introduced amendments to the National Road Traffic Regulations for goods-in-transit can have far-reaching consequences for the agricultural transport industry...

22 Apr 2015 13:35

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Code of Conduct a further step in empowering consumers

It used to be that if one wished to complain about particular goods purchased or services received, one would need to wait in a queue in some dark corner of a store and argue one's case before a disinterested clerk...

By Neil Kirby 22 Apr 2015 07:48

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SAICA, IRBA issue guidance on section 90 of Companies Act

A document that provides guidance to registered auditors and chartered accountants on the application of section 90 of the Companies Act, 71 of 2008 has been issued by the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) and the South African Institute for Chartered Accountants (SAICA)...

21 Apr 2015 07:50

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