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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

Debt reduction and mining assets
Debt reduction and mining assets

On 18 February 2015, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) released Binding Private Ruling 187, which dealt with the waiver of a loan subsequent to the implementation of an intra-group transaction...

By Heinrich Louw 26 Feb 2015 08:37

Second competition authority can hamper business in Africa
Second competition authority can hamper business in Africa

There has been a strong move to establish national competition authorities across Africa and now, regional competition authorities...

By Sandhya Naidoo 26 Feb 2015 08:23

SARS awaits comments on changes to deferment scheme
SARS awaits comments on changes to deferment scheme

Currently, if an importer applied for and is accepted into the SARS deferment scheme, the payment of import duty and import VAT may be deferred or suspended for up to 30 days...

By Virusha Subban 26 Feb 2015 06:45

Ali Baba and the forty spies
Ali Baba and the forty spies

South Africa's worst intelligence breach has exposed cover-ups of the theft of military blueprints, attempted secret nuclear deals and the operation of extremist groups in the country...

By Shaun Smillie and Graeme Hosken 25 Feb 2015 12:15

Contracting parties must carefully consider their communication
Contracting parties must carefully consider their communication

Standard non-variation clauses in agreements seek to ensure that any variation or consensual cancellation of the agreement is formally agreed to by the parties, usually by requiring that such variation or cancellation be reduced to writing and signed by the parties...

By Simone Gill and Mukelo Ngobese 23 Feb 2015 09:01

Pistorius advert gets most complaints ever in Britain
Pistorius advert gets most complaints ever in Britain

LONDON, UK: An advertisement making light of the trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius received by far the most complaints ever in Britain, the advertising watchdog said on Friday...

23 Feb 2015 07:20

Cell C DealMakers Annual Gala Awards for 2014 announced
Cell C DealMakers Annual Gala Awards for 2014 announced

The results of the Cell C DealMakers Annual Gala Awards for 2014 were revealed on Tuesday, 17 February, at the Sandton Convention Centre...

20 Feb 2015 11:38

Agbiz to engage with gov't to alleviate consequences of proposed measures
Agbiz to engage with gov't to alleviate consequences of proposed measures

In his State of the Nation Address (SONA) President Zuma made considerable reference to land reform issues, including the introduction of a 12,000 hectares (ha) land ceiling, foreigners to be deprived of owning land in South Africa, the introduction of the Office of the Valuer-General to signal the end of the so-called "willing buyer, willing seller" principle, and the introduction of the 50/50 farmworker equity and co-management scheme on a pilot basis.

18 Feb 2015 09:35

Judgment an important decision under business rescue regime
Judgment an important decision under business rescue regime

One of the most significant judgments affecting the business rescue regime to date, was handed down in December 2014...

18 Feb 2015 08:47

Time to circle the wagons to defend 'our biltong': prof
Time to circle the wagons to defend 'our biltong': prof

Rooibos has made it, as have honeybush tea and Karoo lamb. And according to Professor Melville Saayman, biltong should be the next South African product to be granted trademark protection...

By Helley Seid 16 Feb 2015 11:22

Threat to gag Sunday Times over hidden Swiss billions
Threat to gag Sunday Times over hidden Swiss billions

Banking giant HSBC has threatened the Sunday Times for exposing the wealthy South Africans who stashed R23bn in secretive Swiss bank accounts, demanding all this data be 'destroyed'...

By Rob Rose and Tina Weavind 16 Feb 2015 06:26

Amstel Lite packaging ruled 'too similar' to Castle Lite
Amstel Lite packaging ruled 'too similar' to Castle Lite

Castle Lite remains the heavyweight in the "lite" beer market after a competitor was last week ordered to change the appearance of its beer cans and six-pack wrapping...

By Penelope Mashego 12 Feb 2015 13:28

Copyright does not protect functionality of apps
Copyright does not protect functionality of apps

The boom in the development of smart device technologies and mobile apps during the last few years has created an amazing platform for entrepreneurs...

By Danie Pienaar 12 Feb 2015 08:29

Small businesses guilty of market division
Small businesses guilty of market division

Contrary to popular belief, it's not only large firms that attract the attentions of the Competition Commission...

By Petra Krusche 11 Feb 2015 08:40

Dressed for success
Dressed for success

With the festive season having come and gone, many manufacturers, retailers and young entrepreneurs are still probably pondering how they could have sold more of their goods to the savvy Christmas-consumer...

By Paul Muscat and Dean Bellingan 10 Feb 2015 09:13

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