Food security in Africa depends on rethinking outdated water law
Food security in Africa depends on rethinking outdated water law

A new study has found that outdated, colonial-era water permit systems across Africa are unintentionally criminalising millions of small farmers who can't obtain permits. This undermines efforts to boost farming production and meet economic growth goals.

By Barbara van Koppen 22 hours ago

Fisheries department rots from the top
Fisheries department rots from the top

South Africa's fisheries authority is in a state of crisis, paralysed by a factional war between its two most senior officials and hollowed out by a culture of corruption.

By Kimon de Greef 1 day ago

Minors, blood transfusions and the court
Minors, blood transfusions and the court

The media recently reported on the case of Durban boy whose life was saved after his paediatrician went to court, on an urgent basis, to approve life-saving blood transfusions for him. The boy suffers from sickle cell anemia. The court made an interim order allowing the boy to receive the treatment, when necessary. The boy's parents, Jehovah's Witnesses, objected to the transfusions on religious grounds.

By Donald Dinnie 1 day ago

3 amendments to the Companies Act you should note
3 amendments to the Companies Act you should note

The Companies Amendment Bill, 2018 was gazetted on Friday 21 September 2018. The Bill proposes the first amendments to the Companies Act, 2008 since the Act came into effect in 2011. Some of the proposed amendments to the Act are highlighted below.

By Janine Will 2 days ago

NDPP shortlisted candidates announced
NDPP shortlisted candidates announced

The 12 candidates who have a shot at being the next National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) have been revealed.

2 days ago

The (near-inescapable) cyber risks to South African SMEs
The (near-inescapable) cyber risks to South African SMEs

South Africa is a particularly attractive proposition for cybercriminals. The global Cyber Exposure Index ranks South Africa third on the list of most-targeted countries for cyber attacks.

By Heino Gevers 2 days ago

#EntrepreneurMonth: Easy access to criminal records, identity verifications
#EntrepreneurMonth: Easy access to criminal records, identity verifications

MyImprint, a tech startup that provides easy access to criminal record and identity verifications, is the first of its kind to innovate a digital consent verification system in South Africa, making it a completely paperless system from start to finish.

By Evan-Lee Courie 2 days ago

#FairnessFirst: Why investigative journalism and media freedom matters
#FairnessFirst: Why investigative journalism and media freedom matters

The definition of media freedom is closely linked to that of freedom of expression as per the Constitution, for individuals to impart information and ideas without fear or favour. Luckily, it's becoming harder than ever to 'kill the story' in these technologically advanced times.

By Leigh Andrews 3 days ago

Non-compliant companies will feel the pain from Sars from December
Non-compliant companies will feel the pain from Sars from December

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) will be using information supplied by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) to determine which companies are not tax compliant and impose penalties accordingly, from 7 December 2018.

9 Nov 2018

Court overturns state's approval of controversial coal mine
Court overturns state's approval of controversial coal mine

The government's hush-hush approval last year of a new coal mine within a critical biodiversity and water conservation area in Mpumalanga has been reversed by the North Gauteng High Court.

By John Yeld 9 Nov 2018

Rohde found guilty of wife's murder
Rohde found guilty of wife's murder

Jason Rohde, a former property mogul, has been found guilty of the murder of his wife Susan by the Western Cape High Court on Thursday.

8 Nov 2018

5 tips for franchise agreement compliance
5 tips for franchise agreement compliance

South Africa has some great homegrown franchises - Mugg and Bean, Steers, Debonairs and Nandos, to name a few. South Africa is also no stranger to international franchise groups, such as McDonalds, KFC, Wimpy and SPAR, although there has been an increase in the number of international franchises investing in South Africa in recent years. The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) is the first piece of legislation in South Africa that specifically regulates franchise agreements. The CPA prescribes certain minimum requirements for franchise agreements, as well as certain information that must be disclosed prior to a franchise agreement being signed. It is important that all franchise agreements comply with the CPA as provisions in franchise agreements may be declared to be void for non-compliance.

By Justine Krige 8 Nov 2018

ConCourt ruling and what Woolies could have done differently
ConCourt ruling and what Woolies could have done differently

Businesses have a number of options when wanting to revisit their workforce models and solutions. The Constitutional Court judgement in the Woolworths matter requires that this is done properly to pass legal muster.

By Jonathan Goldberg 8 Nov 2018