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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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Cape Town to host intellectual property conference

Cape Town is hosting the 2015 Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI) World Congress...

16 Apr 2015 10:44

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COMESA announces changes to rules and regulations

Following a meeting of the Council of Ministers in Ethiopia, various amendments have been made to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Competition Rules and the COMESA Competition Regulations which came into effect on 26 March 2015...

15 Apr 2015 08:46

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Constitutional Court judgement altered operation of in duplum rule

On 24 March 2015, the Constitutional Court handed down judgement in the case of Paulsen and Another v Slip Knot Investments 777 Proprietary Limited [2015] ZACC 5, which has altered the position of our law for the past 17 years in relation to the operation of the in duplum rule...

By Aarthi Ramdhin and Byron Nicol 15 Apr 2015 08:41

Sbu 'slips up' again
Sbu 'slips up' again

NEWSWATCH: 'Oops! I did it again...' Sibusiso Leope, aka DJ Sbu, is once again in hot water after using a fake SABS stamp of approval on his energy drink, it is reported...

14 Apr 2015 08:16

CPA empowers consumers to block direct marketing communications
CPA empowers consumers to block direct marketing communications

Direct marketing is often favoured as a popular means of product marketing. It is, however, often also a source of irritation for many consumers...

By Justine Krige 10 Apr 2015 09:01

Too much regulation?
Too much regulation?

Some pundits maintain that our fresh produce markets are over-regulated. I confess that I cannot make up my mind on the issue...

By Mike Cordes 10 Apr 2015 08:30

Legal requirements for your e-commerce business
Legal requirements for your e-commerce business

Simply put, electronic commerce or e-commerce is the selling and buying of goods or services, or the transmitting of funds or data, over the internet. The most common type of e-commerce is online shopping, which has become a booming international industry with more than one billion online shoppers worldwide...

By Wilmari Strachan 9 Apr 2015 11:55

Bowman Gilfillan partner appointed as vice-president of INSOL
Bowman Gilfillan partner appointed as vice-president of INSOL

Adam Harris, a partner at Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group, has been appointed as vice-president of the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL International)...

8 Apr 2015 13:39

Consumer protection laws continue to develop
Consumer protection laws continue to develop

South African consumer protection legislation has undergone significant developments over the past few years. The regime has gradually developed to a point of prescribing contractual formalities in commercial contracts...

By Johann Scholtz and Balungile Khathi 7 Apr 2015 14:06

Reinstatement of deregistered companies has retrospective effect
Reinstatement of deregistered companies has retrospective effect

Administrative deregistration of companies are common place in South Africa, usually as a result of a company's failure to file its annual returns..

By Gabi Mailula and Andre Visser 7 Apr 2015 09:18

Sabinet announces the launch of its new governance platform - Sabinet
Sabinet announces the launch of its new governance platform

Sabinet, in association with Standards & Legal, has launched its new Legal Registers platform. This useful and easy-to-use software takes the hassle out of managing a company's sustainability and legal compliance...

Issued by Sabinet 2 Apr 2015 14:24

State tears at itself
State tears at itself

A local government shutdown is expected in the next few weeks as municipalities flex their muscles, demanding that they be paid money owed them by state departments...

2 Apr 2015 11:00

Pizza group must eat a humble pie
Pizza group must eat a humble pie

Roman's Pizza must publicly apologise and pay R200,000 to a Durban family for refusing them a licence to operate a halaal franchise of the chain because they are not Muslim...

1 Apr 2015 06:50

Producers of alcoholic beverages must apply for tariff determinations
Producers of alcoholic beverages must apply for tariff determinations

SARS recently amended the customs and excise laws to make it compulsory for producers of alcoholic beverages to apply for tariff determinations prior to release of a clearance upon import...

By Virusha Subban 27 Mar 2015 11:22

SARS clamps down on share buy backs
SARS clamps down on share buy backs

In practice taxpayers often enter into arrangements in terms of which a company buys back its own shares held by certain shareholders, and immediately thereafter issues new shares to new shareholders...

By Mareli Treurnicht 25 Mar 2015 08:23

ASA ruling favours NGOs
ASA ruling favours NGOs

The recent ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA), in favour of Gun Free South Africa, sets an important precedent for NGOs using advertising for advocacy purposes...

20 Mar 2015 08:37

Rolls Royce, rappers and trade mark dilution
Rolls Royce, rappers and trade mark dilution

There's been quite a bit in the news about Rolls Royce going after a rapper in the US. The rapper goes by the name of Royce Rizzy, but the complaint is apparently not limited to the singer's name...

By Robyn Muller 17 Mar 2015 07:25

Shoprite goes to top court over loss of licence to sell wine next to food
Shoprite goes to top court over loss of licence to sell wine next to food

When grocery retailers in the Eastern Cape lost their licences to sell wine on their shelves alongside groceries, it was an arbitrary deprivation of property, Shoprite Checkers argued at the ConCourt...

By Franny Rabkin 13 Mar 2015 14:34

Competition Commission's guidelines for determining administrative penalties
Competition Commission's guidelines for determining administrative penalties

The growing need from the Competition Tribunal, the Competition Appeal Court and various stakeholders, for the Competition Commission to develop guidelines for determining administrative penalties, has been recognised by the Commission...

By Ahmore Burger-Smidt 13 Mar 2015 11:08

Judgment determines state liability, wrongfulness and the duty of care
Judgment determines state liability, wrongfulness and the duty of care

In an environment where much is made of accountability and transparency, a recent judgment has clarified the approach of the court in actions against the state based on improper commercial dealings...

By Rishal Bipraj 13 Mar 2015 07:30

Join PEG Gauteng for its second "nitty-gritty" workshop of 2015
Join PEG Gauteng for its second "nitty-gritty" workshop of 2015

Taking place on 28 March 2015, the workshop is designed to tackle the thorny questions of copyright and the principles and procedures of obtaining permissions...

11 Mar 2015 09:25

Final notice and regulations for tax-free investments approved
Final notice and regulations for tax-free investments approved

On 20 February 2015, National Treasury issued a media statement indicating that the Minister of Finance approved the final notice and regulations introducing tax-free investments, which came into effect on 1 March 2015...

By Mareli Treurnicht 11 Mar 2015 07:15

SCA clarifies relationship between VAT vendor and SARS
SCA clarifies relationship between VAT vendor and SARS

The basic principle of VAT is that a vendor must account to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) for output tax on taxable supplies made after deducting any input tax incurred by him...

By Graeme Palmer 9 Mar 2015 10:10

SARS releases ruling on sale of shares
SARS releases ruling on sale of shares

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) released Binding Private Ruling No 189 on 19 February 2015, which dealt with the sale of shares subject to suspensive conditions...

By Heinrich Louw 5 Mar 2015 08:34

Government says it is determined to flush out the frauds
Government says it is determined to flush out the frauds

Government says it is determined to flush out public servants who misrepresent their academic qualifications...

4 Mar 2015 12:55

Caution required as infrastructure sharing deals
Caution required as infrastructure sharing deals

In the current economy, proven benefits and technological advances are underpinning the rise of shared infrastructure models across business sectors...

By Harriet Beamish 4 Mar 2015 07:49

Muthambi in firing line over New Age adverts
Muthambi in firing line over New Age adverts

NEWSWATCH: Communications Minister Faith Muthambi is in the firing line over 'irregular' adverts placed in The New Age, reports City Press...

2 Mar 2015 08:35

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