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Attack on chicken import limits revived
Attack on chicken import limits revived

South African poultry producers will be getting another opportunity to mount a legal challenge against the chicken import restriction that was introduced in Namibia...

By Werner Menges 15 hours ago

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McKinsey strongly denies corruption allegations concerning Eskom and Trillian point by point

Global consultancy McKinsey has strongly denied allegations that it was involved in corrupt efforts to milk Eskom of hundreds of millions of rand...

By Linda Ensor 20 hours ago

Commission set to wrap up probe into school uniform sector collusion
Commission set to wrap up probe into school uniform sector collusion

The Competition Commission's probe into the supply of school uniforms has so far established that various schools had made exclusive supply deals with stockists...

2 days ago

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Tesla faces fresh Norway lawsuit over false advertising

OSLO, Norway: Nearly 80 Tesla owners in Norway have sued the US automaker over misleading advertising, saying their electric car did not deliver the promised performance, Norwegian daily Dagens Naeringsliv (DN) reported on Thursday...

12 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: 'Privacy by Design' - Africa's best chance for global data protection compliance
#BizTrends2018: 'Privacy by Design' - Africa's best chance for global data protection compliance

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will be implemented on 25 May 2018, is raising the bar for data protection globally, and setting a new gold standard in a digitally transforming world...

By Alexia Christie and Rubeena Parker 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Copyright in the age of AI
#BizTrends2018: Copyright in the age of AI

Hollywood flirted with Artificial Intelligence (AI) long before it became mainstream, portraying it as an adversary, pitting man against machine. Though it is no secret that it got the whole narrative around AI patently wrong...

By Brendon Ambrose 10 Jan 2018

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2017 Daily Maverick South African Persons of the Year: The Whistle-blowers

In 2017, the horrifying extent of State Capture finally became clearer to the South African public. And we would still be languishing in the dark were it not for the whistle-blowers: the handful of courageous South African men and women who did not remain silent in the face of wrongdoing, but stood up and spoke out...

By Jessica Bezuidenhout & Rebecca Davis 22 Dec 2017

Freedom Property Fund takes legal action to recover a bonus of R2.5m
Freedom Property Fund takes legal action to recover a bonus of R2.5m

Freedom Property Fund is taking legal action to recover an annual performance bonus of R2.5m paid to its previous CEO during its 2015 financial year...

By Charlotte Mathews 22 Dec 2017

Regulator notes energy licensing and exemption notice
Regulator notes energy licensing and exemption notice

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has noted the gazetting of the Licensing Exemption and Registration Notice...

20 Dec 2017

German regulator cannot probe Deloitte
German regulator cannot probe Deloitte

The German regulatory authority for auditors has no direct legal competence to investigate Deloitte's handling of the financial statements of the international retail holding company Steinhoff International Holdings...

By Linda Ensor 19 Dec 2017

Should I involve my attorney in the mediation process?
Should I involve my attorney in the mediation process?

The decision to mediate, and when, can be a matter of strategic and fundamental importance in resolving a dispute and should be given full consideration in each situation...

By Clea Rawlins 18 Dec 2017

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If convicted, directors could be fined R1m each or be imprisoned for 10 years

Embattled Steinhoff executives face hefty prison sentences and fines if allegations of multibillion-dollar accounting fraud are proven true...

By Graeme Hosken and Katharine Child 13 Dec 2017

57 million riders, drivers affected by Uber breach
57 million riders, drivers affected by Uber breach

Global transportation technology company Uber Technologies has admitted it suffered a breach that saw hackers stealing the personal information of approximately 57 million customers and drivers...

By Simon Campbell-Young 13 Dec 2017

Minister Rob Davies gazettes amended AgriBEE Sector Code
Minister Rob Davies gazettes amended AgriBEE Sector Code

Dr Rob Davies has gazetted the Amended AgriBEE Sector Code for implementation by entities in both public and private sector. Davies says that the sector code will serve as guidelines for the transformation of the agricultural sector...

12 Dec 2017

Telecoms bill spooks sector with its proposal
Telecoms bill spooks sector with its proposal

The contentious Electronic Communications Amendment Bill will encourage competition in the telecommunications market by giving hundreds of licensed entities access to radio waves, the government argues...

By Nick Hedley 11 Dec 2017

Ex-VW exec sentenced to seven years for 'dieselgate'
Ex-VW exec sentenced to seven years for 'dieselgate'

A US court on Wednesday sentenced former Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt to seven years in prison for his role in the German automaker's "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal...

By Douglas Gillison 8 Dec 2017

US lawyers investigate MultiChoice payments
US lawyers investigate MultiChoice payments

Naspers's hopes of a speedy resolution to the high-profile controversy around payments its 80% subsidiary MultiChoice made to SABC and ANN7 were dealt a hefty blow on Tuesday, 5 Decemeber 2017, when a US law firm, specialising in class actions, announced it was investigating the company...

By Ann Crotty 6 Dec 2017

How a cleverly prepared contract can save millions
How a cleverly prepared contract can save millions

The recent matter of The Commissioner for SARS v Reunert Ltd highlights the importance of possessing an intimate understanding of contractual principles when drafting an agreement...

By Christopher Renwick 6 Dec 2017

Court wants details on mooted grant payment methods
Court wants details on mooted grant payment methods

The Constitutional Court wants Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to give reasons - if any - the alternative grant payment systems described in the Auditor General's report are not feasible...

30 Nov 2017

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SA Airlink, Safair to apply for merger approval

Independent airline companies SA Airlink and Safair are planning a merger in which Airlink will acquire Safair...

28 Nov 2017

Outa guns for MultiChoice
Outa guns for MultiChoice

MultiChoice is under pressure to "come clean" about its contracts with Gupta-owned television news channel ANN7...

28 Nov 2017

Top court to rule on review of SABC deal
Top court to rule on review of SABC deal

The details of the multimillion-rand broadcasting deal between the SABC and MultiChoice may never be made public if the two companies get their way in the Constitutional Court...

By Theto Mahlakoana 24 Nov 2017

Morocco regulator bans bitcoin payments
Morocco regulator bans bitcoin payments

Morocco's currency regulator has announced a ban on transactions in bitcoin and other virtual currencies, in a country where foreign exchange flows are tightly controlled...

22 Nov 2017

MTN looks to cut 'excessive' licence fee in Benin
MTN looks to cut 'excessive' licence fee in Benin

South African mobile phone giant MTN is in talks with Benin's telecoms regulator after its subsidiary was slapped with a bill of more than $200m...

22 Nov 2017

Can contract terms still be upheld despite invalid agreement?
Can contract terms still be upheld despite invalid agreement?

The Constitutional Court has handed down judgment in the State Information Technology Agency vs Gijima Holdings case...

By Sonia de Vries and Terrick McCallum 20 Nov 2017

'Suspicious' SARS deposits not probed
'Suspicious' SARS deposits not probed

As South African Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Tom Moyane braces for an inquiry into the administration of the tax agency, further damaging revelations emerged on the investigation into its second-in-charge, Jonas Makwakwa...

By Natasha Marrian 10 Nov 2017

Dealing with a personal injury at your business
Dealing with a personal injury at your business

When someone becomes hurt at your place of business, things can turn serious fast...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 9 Nov 2017

Consumer rights trump retail policies
Consumer rights trump retail policies

Those little presticked notices of 'if you break this, consider it sold' or the 'seven-day return policy' that you are so kindly informed of when you return the toy that broke on day one, have no basis...

8 Nov 2017

Choppies wraps up purchase in KZN
Choppies wraps up purchase in KZN

Botswana-based retailer Choppies has completed the acquisition of KwaZulu-Natal's Arizona Wholesalers and Butcheries, adding to its 71-strong retail footprint in SA.

6 Nov 2017

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