Legal Trends 2017

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Legal advice boosts IPPs case against Eskom

Independent power producers (IPPs), who are waiting for Eskom to sign power purchase agreements (PPA), are entitled to approach the courts to force Eskom to sign these agreements, the South African Renewable Energy Council (SAREC) said on Wednesday, 18 January...

By Lutho Mtongana 2 days ago

Bill takes aim at porn and cyberbullying

The government is clamping down on the online distribution of malicious content without the consent of the person involved...

By Thabiso Mochiko 2 days ago

What you should know before reading employees' emails

Many employers provide electronic resources such as e-mail and internet facilities to their employees to enable them to carry out their duties and functions. The inevitable question is whether or not employees can claim a right to privacy when using their employer's electronic resources...

By Rosalind Davey and Rovina Asray 2 days ago

Samsung heir awaits court ruling on arrest

A South Korean judge began deliberating Wednesday whether to formally arrest the heir to the Samsung empire over his alleged role in a corruption scandal...

3 days ago

Hollard's Imperial deal cracks nod

Insurer Hollard's R2.3bn bid for Imperial's Regent group of companies advanced in December after the African leg of the deal (excluding SA) obtained the required regulatory approvals, Imperial said on Tuesday...

By Moyagabo Maake 18 Jan 2017

SARS trust rules may put lid on asset disclosure

Tax experts believe significant sums of undeclared assets have been hoarded offshore by South African taxpayers but they might be reluctant to declare them under the special voluntary disclosure programme because of the way it deals with trusts...

18 Jan 2017

Regulator hauls Standard Bank to court

The National Credit Regulator (NCR) is seeking a high court order to stop banks from unilaterally taking money from customers' savings accounts...

By Hanna Ziady 18 Jan 2017

Principal aghast at his phoney college bust

A principal of an unaccredited college in Johannesburg got the shock of his life on Monday when Department of Higher Education and Training officials paid him a visit and declared his college bogus...

18 Jan 2017

ASA sinks teeth into Aquafresh

It has been exposed in a battle of toothpastes that when it comes to protecting your pearly whites Aquafresh Complete Care is not necessarily better than other brands, as suggested in an advert...

By Roxanne Henderson 17 Jan 2017

Probe launched into Katlehong police shooting

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has sanctioned investigations into officers who were on the scene during a fatal shooting of an officer in Katlehong in Gauteng...

17 Jan 2017

'No brand is above the law'

Carmaker Ford had to be threatened with an ultimatum to make it take action - "Either you sort out your combusting Kuga SUVs or we will"...

17 Jan 2017

Trade mark registration: Truworths no longer has "the look"

Ackermans has recently been successful in a precedent setting trade mark dispute against Truworths which was heard by the Supreme Court of Appeal. The trade mark at the centre of the dispute was “THE LOOK”...

By Janine Hollesen 16 Jan 2017

'Intrusive' Oracle plans put on hold

Cape Town planners have been sent back to the drawing board in a five-year battle over the "intrusive" addition of four floors to a city centre building...

16 Jan 2017

Basic Education to appeal court ruling

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) says it is launching an appeal following the judgment handed down by the Thohoyandou High Court in Limpopo on Saturday...

16 Jan 2017

VW pleads guilty to US criminal charges, pays $4.3bn in 'dieselgate'

Volkswagen AG will plead guilty to three criminal charges and pay a total $4.3 billion in fines to settle the emissions cheating scandal known as "dieselgate"...

12 Jan 2017

Progress in probing Maths paper leak

The Department of Basic Education says hearings for all learners implicated in the leaking of Mathematics Paper 2 in two schools in Limpopo during the 2016 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations will be completed in the next two weeks...

12 Jan 2017

Between theory and practice: visa surprises for immigrants

It is not uncommon to find a number of visa applicants having different outcomes to the same visa/permit applications filed...

By Stefanie De Saude 10 Jan 2017

Coca-Cola heads for tricky AB InBev deal

Competition analysts believe it will involve another year of detailed engagements with competition regulators in many African countries...

9 Jan 2017

Gordhan differs on free pass from SARS

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan believes that management at the South African Revenue Service (SARS) should be held to account for failing to take action against employee Luther Lebelo...

By Linda Ensor 9 Jan 2017

Arms deal man sues Absa over closure of accounts

Politically connected businessman Fana Hlongwane, whose bank accounts were closed after he underwent review as a politically exposed person in 2013, is suing Absa for R7m...

By Carol Paton 9 Jan 2017

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