Legal Trends 2018

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21st Century Fox/Sky takeover thrown into doubt by UK regulator

LONDON, UK: Britain's competition regulator provisionally ruled Tuesday that a planned takeover of pan-European satellite TV giant Sky by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox entertainment group was "not in the public interest"...

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Gupta dairy deal in Free State allegedly proceeds of crime

Dramatic disclosures in court papers filed by the NPA place the Guptas at the heart of a conspiracy to "swindle" R220m from the Free State meant for emerging black dairy farmers...

By Stephan Hofstatter 1 day ago

What you should know about SA's new International Arbitration Act

The new South African International Arbitration Act commenced 20 December 2017 and regulates international arbitration proceedings and the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and has some important ramifications...

By Rebecca Browning 1 day ago

Roland guilty of insurance fraud

Former Nelson Mandela Bay municipal spokesman Roland Williams was so indebted to controversial tow truck company owner Raven Rungan that they hatched a fraudulent plan to damage his luxury car to claim more than R96,000 from his insurance company...

By Devon Koen 1 day ago

Media24 poised to end Novus deal

Novus Holdings, previously part of the Naspers Group, looks set to have its third grim year in a row, with reports that it is set to lose the crucial contract to print Media 24's newspapers and magazines to Caxton and a number of small independent printers...

2 days ago

Landlords or tenants - who has more rights?

A sentiment frequently expressed by many a frustrated landlord these days is that "tenants have all the rights"...

1 day ago

National minimum wage to be reviewed annually

The national minimum wage will be reviewed on 1 May of each year, in line with government's aim of alleviating poverty in the labour market...

1 day ago

Start preparing for the pending Carbon Tax Bill

The South African National Treasury published the Second Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment on 14 December 2017...

By Seelan Moonsamy 1 day ago

Vehicle registration fraud suspects to appear in court

Nine officials, including vehicle examiners and administration staff appear in court this week on charges of fraud and corruption...

1 day ago

On land expropriation without compensation: Be aware of the risks

NERPO has, according to reports, come out in favour of expropriation of farmland without compensation. We expect that there are other groups that will do the same over the coming weeks. However...

By Kerwin Lebone 19 Jan 2018

VAT hike on the cards, but it won't be easy for Gigaba

With the budget deficit projected to widen from 3.1% to 4.3% of GDP in the current fiscal year and tax revenue expected to fall R50.8bn short of earlier estimates, the Treasury is gripped by the challenge of finding new income streams. Many citizens believe, or fear, it will find them by raising taxes.

By Sunita Menon 19 Jan 2018

Senate gives final passage to contested surveillance bill

The US Senate on Thursday gave final congressional approval to a bill extending a fiercely contested program giving national security agencies broad authority to intercept private electronic communications.

19 Jan 2018

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 as an infant industry protection measure...

By Werner Menges 18 Jan 2018

How to fill SA's immediate skills gap

A new report compiled by expatriate solutions provider Xpatweb, titled Critical Skills Survey Results 2017, confirms that local companies are hard pressed to find the right expertise to achieve their corporate goals...

By Marisa Jacobs 18 Jan 2018

Why the drought levy tabled by Cape Town's mayor is unfair

Day Zero: the dreaded day when Cape Town's taps are expected to run dry has been moved forward to 22 April...

By Lee-Ann Steenkamp 18 Jan 2018

Unethical touting and how to avoid becoming a victim

People who are injured in accidents are warned not to fall victim to 'touts' offering legal services for personal injury claims...

18 Jan 2018

Tribunal on Judge Motata's conduct begins

The tribunal investigating the complaints lodged with the Judicial Service Commission into the conduct of retired Judge Nkola Motata began on Wednesday morning when evidence leader Ivy Thenga called the first of two witnesses to testify.

By Ernest Mabuza 18 Jan 2018

Disabled people in Africa get a raw deal. What's been done to fix this

The African Commission has drafted a new protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights that emphasises the importance of the right of people with disability to have equal recognition before the law...

By Laura-Stella Enonchong 18 Jan 2018

US state of New Jersey outlaws drunk droning

NEW YORK, USA: Drunk driving has been a social taboo for decades, but New Jersey has now added drunk droning to the statute books: outlawing the flying of unmanned aircraft after one too many drinks...

18 Jan 2018

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International

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

Steinhoff investors ask to join Dutch lawsuit

The Dutch Investors Association (VEB) says it has been approached by many South African-registered Steinhoff shareholders interested in participating in its class action against Steinhoff.

By Ann Crotty 12 Jan 2018

Kazakhstan passes controversial media law

ASTANA, Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan on Thursday pushed through a raft of controversial amendments to a media law despite concern that the new legislation will further limit freedom of speech in the tightly-controlled nation.

29 Dec 2017

What to do when you experience sexual harassment at work

In recent times, the news has featured several women who have come out to speak about one form of sexual harassment or the other they experienced while at work. From unwanted sexual advances to derogatory remarks about your sex, sexual harassment is a deep-seated issue especially in the workplace.

Issued by Naija Writers’ Coach 28 Dec 2017

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