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Natasha Wright
Bye-bye birdie - new food law challenges

The topic of advertising of unhealthy foodstuffs to children, and its contribution to obesity and disease amongst the target audience, has been an ongoing debate for years...

By Natasha Wright 11 Sep 2014 14:42

New Companies Act and security for legal expenses
New Companies Act and security for legal expenses

What protection does a defendant have against substantial and often irrecoverable legal expenses when dragged into speculative litigation by a financially insolvent company with nothing to lose?

By Brigit Rubinstein 8 Sep 2014 13:56

Special Economic Zone Act will attract foreign investments
Special Economic Zone Act will attract foreign investments

New investor incentives and benefits from the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Act 2014 in South Africa will attract further domestic and foreign direct investment to South African industrial and special economic zones.

By Chris Mashigo 8 Sep 2014 11:29

Changes in Taxation Laws Amendment Bill in spotlight
Changes in Taxation Laws Amendment Bill in spotlight

The draft 2014 Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (TLAB) brings with it some important proposed changes to the formula that employers use to calculate the fringe benefit value of their contributions to employees' defined benefit funds.

By Rob Cooper 8 Sep 2014 10:44

Anton Ressel
Let's stop throwing stones in the well

There is a song called 'Traffic in the Sky' by laid-back musician Jack Johnson that contains a lyric that has always stuck with me...

By Anton Ressel 4 Sep 2014 09:13

Leana Engelbrecht
Agreements between Competition Commission, regulators concluded

The Competition Commission has concluded cooperation agreements with the Auditor General of South Africa (AGSA) and the North West Gambling Board (NWGB), respectively.

By Leana Engelbrecht 29 Aug 2014 08:07

Anton Harber
Absurdity rules the day in justice as in headlines

Craig Williamson, who sent the bomb that killed activist Ruth First in Maputo in 1982, walks free... Pallo Jordan, who lied about having a doctorate, has withdrawn from public life...

By Anton Harber 29 Aug 2014 06:28

Leana Engelbrecht
High Court rejects Netcare's application

The High Court, on 22 August 2014, released its judgment in respect of the on-going conflict of interest dispute between Netcare Hospital (Pty) Ltd, KPMG Services (Pty) Ltd and the Competition Commission.

By Leana Engelbrecht 27 Aug 2014 07:48

Regulatory body needed to control Botswana's power generation
Regulatory body needed to control Botswana's power generation

The regulatory framework for electricity generation in Botswana is set out in the Electricity Supply Act, in terms of which the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) is responsible for the regulation of electricity generation and distribution.

By Terence Dambe 26 Aug 2014 07:43

Mark Brickles
New bill to fast-track property registration welcomed

The news that an electronic deeds registration bill will be introduced to decrease turnaround time and the registration of property is fantastic news.

By Mark Brickles 22 Aug 2014 13:45

Arbitration awards - fallible or infallible
Arbitration awards - fallible or infallible

Several commercial contracts provide for disputes to be resolved by way of arbitration. The arbitration procedure is robust and designed to bring about finality much quicker than ordinary civil trials.

By Freddie Terblanche 22 Aug 2014 09:52

Arbitration requires transparency and openness
Arbitration requires transparency and openness

Our Constitution guarantees workers' right to strike - a right further entrenched in the Labour Relations Act (LRA), which also permits employers the right to lock workers out of the workplace pending resolution of such disputes.

By Aadil Patel 14 Aug 2014 11:46

South African consumer rights under threat
South African consumer rights under threat

The prohibition of alcohol advertising and raising the age limit for alcohol sales to 21 is an infringement of consumers' rights to choose their own lifestyle...

By Danette Breitenbach 13 Aug 2014 08:03

Anton Harber
Does a liar as a source ever deserve protection?

It is easy to review ethical decisions in journalism with hindsight, when one has the luxury of time to wonder whether a choice made under pressure was the correct one...

By Anton Harber 8 Aug 2014 05:48

The rules of engaging with a new trade union
The rules of engaging with a new trade union

The right to strike is entrenched in the Constitution. The recent strikes in the platinum industry raise the question of how an employer engages with a new trade union.

By Verushka Reddy 7 Aug 2014 10:18

Harding Allison admits to collusive tendering
Harding Allison admits to collusive tendering

As part of the Competition Commission's fast-track settlement procedure in the construction industry, the Commission invited construction firms that were involved in collusive conduct to apply to engage with the Commission on settlement terms.

By Kayley Keylock 4 Aug 2014 11:02

Extending a job offer? Handle with care
Extending a job offer? Handle with care

Hiring new staff can be a very exciting time for a business: it represents growth, positive change and the chance to bring fresh new talent into the organisation. However, the hiring process can be daunting, because although most employers are well educated about the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, there are a number of less obvious risks associated with recruitment.

By Niteske Marshall 31 Jul 2014 12:34

Martin Goodman
Landlords need to protect themselves against the Credit Amnesty Act

The Credit Amnesty Act has raised a fair amount of concern in the rental industry especially among landlords and estate agents renting out property to tenants.

By Martin Goodman 30 Jul 2014 11:00

Parties to a statutory merger must consider tax consequences
Parties to a statutory merger must consider tax consequences

The purpose of this article is to discuss aspects of the relationship between the provisions of the Companies Act, No 71 of 2008 and the Income Tax Act, No 58 of 1962 (ITA) in relation to statutory mergers.

By Justine Krige 29 Jul 2014 07:28

When can a trade union be held in contempt of court?
When can a trade union be held in contempt of court?

In a judgment handed down by the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) on 12 June 2014 (Food and Allied Workers Union v In2food (Pty) Ltd, case number J861/2013), the LAC had occasion to consider the circumstances under which a trade union can be held in contempt of a court order prohibiting an unprotected strike.

By Kirsten Caddy 24 Jul 2014 06:47

Terminability of contracts of unspecified duration
Terminability of contracts of unspecified duration

Thomas Carlyle once proclaimed, "Speech is silvern, silence is golden". It means that speech is like silver, in that speech only lasts a while, but silence is golden and lasts an eternity.

By Kaelin Govinden 22 Jul 2014 07:21

Consider psychological solutions for traffic offences
Consider psychological solutions for traffic offences

South Africa is currently implementing a traffic regulation scheme called Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO).

By Kaelin Govinden 22 Jul 2014 07:10

Does your social media team know the CPA?
Does your social media team know the CPA?

Companies who have client-facing staff either online or offline should ensure that every staff member has a basic working knowledge of the Consumer Protection Act...

By Gareth Cremen 21 Jul 2014 10:38

Taxpayer must prove that a transaction is exempt
Taxpayer must prove that a transaction is exempt

A taxpayer bears the burden of proving that an amount or transaction is exempt or otherwise untaxable.

By Graeme Palmer 21 Jul 2014 07:27

Section 75 introduced significant changes to Companies Act
Section 75 introduced significant changes to Companies Act

In the interest of ensuring that the integrity of board decisions are not compromised by directors' personal financial interests, section 75 of the Companies Act 71 of 2008, has introduced some significant changes to the provisions of its predecessor, the Companies Act 61 of 1973 (the old Companies Act).

By Nozipho Bhengu 18 Jul 2014 09:57

Infrastructure Development Act comes into effect
Infrastructure Development Act comes into effect

On 10 July 2014, President Jacob Zuma made the proclamation which officially brought into force the Infrastructure Development Act, No 23 of 2014.

By Samantha Brener 16 Jul 2014 07:53

City of Johannesburg's Supplementary Roll 11 is unauthorised
City of Johannesburg's Supplementary Roll 11 is unauthorised

COJ recently purported to open Supplementary Roll 11 to the 2008 General Valuation Roll, for public comment. This roll purports to relate to properties that need to be re-valued for the purposes of the 2008 General Valuation Roll, in respect of the period 1 August 2012 to 30 June 2013.

By Chantelle Gladwin 14 Jul 2014 06:37

It's my product and I will say it's healthy if I want to... or not?
It's my product and I will say it's healthy if I want to... or not?

The Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act 54 of 1972 (FCDA) regulates, amongst other things, the labelling of foodstuffs in South Africa. Until 2012, the issue of food labelling was not, particularly, of any major consequence.

By Natasha Wright 11 Jul 2014 14:25

New Act not clear about position of secure creditors in business rescue
New Act not clear about position of secure creditors in business rescue

In liquidation the position of secured creditors is clear; their security is protected in liquidation, their secured asset is realised for their benefit - only the surplus after their claim is paid falls into the remainder of the estate for the benefit of other creditors, and they have voting power by value only to the extent that their claim is not covered by their security.

By Richard Marcus 11 Jul 2014 14:17

Section 44 of LUPO declared unconstitutional
Section 44 of LUPO declared unconstitutional

Parties aggrieved by municipal land use decisions are no longer able to appeal such decisions at provincial level through the mechanism of section 44 of the Land Use Planning Ordinance 15 of 1985 (LUPO).

By Jyoti Narshi 11 Jul 2014 14:08

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