Trademark law and its limits in the fashion industry
Trademark law and its limits in the fashion industry

While fashion trends come and go, some become classics, such as the Chanel suit, the Burberry trench coat, the Ralph Lauren polo shirt, Louis Vuitton bags, and Levi 501 jeans...

By Clea Rawlins 20 hours ago

Report on VBS recommends criminal charges
Report on VBS recommends criminal charges

A forensic report into the embattled VBS Mutual Bank has recommended that criminal charges be laid against a range of individuals alleged to have looted about R2 billion from the financial institution...

11 Oct 2018

More global action necessary to stem tide of fishing mortalities
More global action necessary to stem tide of fishing mortalities

While there are signs that global action on fishing vessel safety is on the horizon, more work is still needed to ensure the well-being of fisherman...

10 Oct 2018

SA advisory boards: Beware becoming cast as a shadow director
SA advisory boards: Beware becoming cast as a shadow director

Some concepts are so useful in a new nation crying out for skills that widespread adoption is only a matter of time. The danger is that the advantages are so manifest they distract attention from the one potential flaw that could turn a well-intentioned initiative into catastrophe...

By Auguste Coetzer and J. Michael Judin 10 Oct 2018

The Job Summit and creating employment - how about VAT?
The Job Summit and creating employment - how about VAT?

While there is a huge focus on stimulating employment, one aspect not receiving sufficient attention is the devastating impact VAT can have on small, labour-intensive businesses and how VAT can be used to incentivise job creation...

By Aneria Bouwer 8 Oct 2018

ICJ judgment on US Iran sanctions welcomed
ICJ judgment on US Iran sanctions welcomed

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has welcomed the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordering the United States of America (USA) to ensure that sanctions against Iran do not affect humanitarian aid and civil aviation safety...

5 Oct 2018

Banks are clogging up the justice system, says court
Banks are clogging up the justice system, says court

A full bench of the Pretoria High Court ruled last week that magistrates' courts should be the first port of call for banks seeking judgment against their clients...

By Ciaran Ryan 4 Oct 2018

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Eripio issues Notice of Liquidation to ASA

A Notice of Liquidation has been issued against the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa by Eripio, but the members of the ASA are determined that this will not mean the end of self-regulation of advertising content...

2 Oct 2018

Companies Amendment Bill gazetted
Companies Amendment Bill gazetted

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has gazetted the Companies Amendment Bill for public comment...

2 Oct 2018

Settlement agreement reached on spectrum court challenge
Settlement agreement reached on spectrum court challenge

A settlement agreement has been reached in the matter involving the Invitation to Apply (ITA) for the allocation of high demand spectrum...

27 Sep 2018

Equity Amendment Bill pushes workplace transformation agenda
Equity Amendment Bill pushes workplace transformation agenda

The Employment Equity Amendment Bill and the Draft Employment Equity Regulations, which aim to fast-track slow transformation in the workplace, are expected to be published in the Government Gazette this afternoon...

21 Sep 2018

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Competition Commission gives green light for Sibanye, Lonmin deal

The South African Competition Commission has recommended that the South African Competition Tribunal approves the Sibanye-Stillwater acquisition of Lonmin subject to certain conditions...

20 Sep 2018

'Fake food' in South Africa: myths, misinformation and not enough data
'Fake food' in South Africa: myths, misinformation and not enough data

Owners of small shops in South Africa have been accused of stocking counterfeit food and food that's past its sell-by date...

By Jane Battersby and Gareth Haysom 19 Sep 2018

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Execs still unprepared for liability risks

Stakeholders have made their voices heard in recent years, resulting in more companies and their directors facing litigation...

13 Sep 2018

Gauteng embarks on a clean-up of fake goods
Gauteng embarks on a clean-up of fake goods

To combat the selling of illegal and fake goods, the Gauteng Provincial Government will from 18 September 2018 embark on unannounced visits to a number of spaza shops across the province...

11 Sep 2018

FMRC: Reward whistle-blowers
FMRC: Reward whistle-blowers

The South African government should consider setting up a programme that will reward persons who blow the whistle on alleged corruption in the financial sphere, a draft report on financial market conduct has recommended...

6 Sep 2018

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Injunction upholds Djibouti port joint venture agreement

An injunction restraining Djibouti's port company, Port de Djibouti S.A. (PDSA), from treating its joint venture shareholders' agreement with global trade enabler DP World as terminated has been granted...

6 Sep 2018

After the divorce: Brexit-proofing trade marks
After the divorce: Brexit-proofing trade marks

Following the United Kingdom's decision to formally divorce from the EU, there has been much uncertainty as to the future protection/extension of European Union Trade Marks rights...

By Wensel Britz and Steven Yeates 3 Sep 2018

King IV: 3 reasons your business should be compliant
King IV: 3 reasons your business should be compliant

Corporate governance is often seen as an issue to be dealt with by large organisations only. This is no longer the case. The current King IV Report contains principles for corporate governance that can be applied by SME's as well...

By Sixolile Timothy 8 Aug 2018

'Scotch whisky' now registered as a certification trademark in South Africa
'Scotch whisky' now registered as a certification trademark in South Africa

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has registered 'Scotch whisky' as a certification trademark in South Africa, which is the seventh largest Scotch whisky market by volume...

7 Aug 2018

Professor Suresh Kana, new chair of the King Committee
King hands over his crown

On 1 October 2018, Professor Mervyn King is handing over the role of chairman of the King Committee to Professor Suresh Kana...

6 Aug 2018

Judge Ron McLaren, long-term insurance ombudsman
Ombud upholds second dread disease claim

There is no legal or insurance principle which prevents a dread disease claim to be paid out under two different policies for a recurrence of a condition...

6 Aug 2018

Why you should spring clean your IP portfolio
Why you should spring clean your IP portfolio

On a regular basis, companies need to consider whether their IP portfolio is simply gathering dust and whether it can do with a bit of polishing...

By Ursula Baravalle 2 Aug 2018

Treasury receives draft Tegeta forensic report
Treasury receives draft Tegeta forensic report

National Treasury has received the draft forensic report on alleged irregularities in the awarding by Eskom of a coal contract to Tegeta...

30 Jul 2018

3 tips to mitigating third-party risk
3 tips to mitigating third-party risk

Today's organisations very rarely exist in a vacuum. Companies depend on a multitude of third parties in order to achieve core business functions. As your company is responsible for the actions of your partners, the onus is on you to be in the best possible position to survive the disruptions that result when third-party risks manifest...

By Warren Green 27 Jul 2018

Why Acsa has suspended 78 retail tenders across nine airports
Why Acsa has suspended 78 retail tenders across nine airports

In light of a recent court judgement, Airports Company South Africa has suspended evaluation of tenders for 78 retail store opportunities across its nine airports...

25 Jul 2018

FairPlay demands enquiry into SA sugar tariff debacle
FairPlay demands enquiry into SA sugar tariff debacle

The FairPlay movement has called for a public enquiry into the fiasco that saw a zero tariff for sugar being set and gazetted in South Africa last year, which allowed importers to bring in and stockpile sugar duty-free...

16 Jul 2018

M&A declined this year, but it's not all bad news
M&A declined this year, but it's not all bad news

Merger & acquisition (M&A) transactions in South Africa declined in terms of both the volume and value of domestic and cross-border deals in the first half of this year...

12 Jul 2018

Informal traders march over By-law amendments
Informal traders march over By-law amendments

Hundreds of informal traders marched to the City Hall in Durban on Friday over new regulations they say will deprive them from earning a living...

By Nomfundo Xolo 6 Jul 2018

What the Africa Continental Free Trade Area agreement means for SA
What the Africa Continental Free Trade Area agreement means for SA

South Africa has signed the African Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement with the African Union, which will pave the way for the country to benefit from inter-regional trade within the African continent...

3 Jul 2018

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