Storm may brew in rooibos probe
Storm may brew in rooibos probe

Rooibos Limited, which controls 70% of the global rooibos tea market, could face class action by other local processors if it is found guilty of abusing its market dominance, says Nick Altini, a competition lawyer with Baker McKenzie.

2 days ago

Photo: Roche
Trastuzumab and the high cost of cancer treatment

It seems cruel that drugs that can save the lives of thousands of cancer sufferers are so prohibitively expensive that even people on the very top-end of medical aid cover can only access part of the treatment course, while those in the public sector don't stand a chance.

By Nicci Botha 3 days ago

Rooibos charged with abuse of dominance
Rooibos charged with abuse of dominance

Rooibos Limited, which describes itself as the "preferred supplier" of rooibos tea, has been charged with abuse of dominance by the Competition Commission and faces an administrative penalty equal to 10% of its annual turnover.

3 days ago

PE court declares arrest of ship with Saharan phosphate cargo valid
PE court declares arrest of ship with Saharan phosphate cargo valid

The cargo on board a ship arrested in the Port Elizabeth harbour will remain in South Africa pending further legal action to determine its rightful ownership.

20 Jun 2017

Reserve Bank to challenge Public Protector's remedial action
Reserve Bank to challenge Public Protector's remedial action

The Reserve Bank has been advised to bring urgent review proceedings to court to have the remedial action announced by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane set aside.

20 Jun 2017

Photo: Mediclinic
New law crimps hospital cash-back plans

The demarcation regulations clearly distinguish between medical insurance products and medical aid schemes. For the consumer, this means that while limited gap cover and hospital cash-back plans will still be allowed, primary healthcare insurance policies will no longer be available. All existing policies will need to align with the regulations from 1 January 2018.

By Roland Buys 20 Jun 2017

Bilal Vallee, IT audit manager, Mazars Cape Town
The benefits of commercial landlords providing Wi-Fi to the masses

In 2016, there were over seven billion mobile devices in the world and the users of these devices demand connectivity for them. Businesses, particularly public retail spaces such as malls and shopping centres, need to answer the demand for connectivity in their spaces to attract and retain visitors. Wi-Fi connectivity in physical spaces is the necessary conduit to provide the demand.

By Ron Lagnado and Bilal Vallee 20 Jun 2017

Government allowed to recover R1.125bn from Absa
Government allowed to recover R1.125bn from Absa

Government is allowed to recover R1.125 billion in misappropriated public funds from Absa Bank and its predecessor Bankorp.

20 Jun 2017

Public protector to probe death-trap taxis
Public protector to probe death-trap taxis

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has teamed up with the Special Investigating Unit on an investigation into the illegal conversion of panel vans so that they can be sold as minibus taxis to unsuspecting taxi owners.

By Sipho Mabena 19 Jun 2017

SA's new International Arbitration Bill excludes public bodies from confidentiality
SA's new International Arbitration Bill excludes public bodies from confidentiality

Contrary to other jurisdictions, the International Arbitration Bill of South Africa, 2017 (which intends to incorporate the 2006 version of the UNCITRAL Model Law) specifically contains a provision that excludes public bodies from the more usual confidentiality clause ie the case must be heard in public.

By Jackwell Feris 19 Jun 2017

SA lawyers: Motsoaledi, we're not the reason gynaes won't deliver babies
SA lawyers: Motsoaledi, we're not the reason gynaes won't deliver babies

If one is to accept health minister, Aaron Motsoaledi's proposition that medico-legal litigation is out of control — which is a proposition that may require more formal investigation and study — then, perhaps, the most appropriate government reaction is to map legislation to deal with such circumstances.

By Neil Kirby 19 Jun 2017

Bidvest and Adcock Ingram settle fine in merger case
Bidvest and Adcock Ingram settle fine in merger case

Bidvest's and Adcock Ingram's offer to pay a combined R2m fine without admitting guilt was accepted by the Competition Tribunal on Thursday, 15 June 2017.

By Robert Laing 19 Jun 2017

Mosebenzi Zwane, minister of mineral resources. Photo: African Mining Indaba
Stakeholders blast Mining Charter as underhanded

The worst fears of a cross-section of mining industry stakeholders were realised when the minister of mineral resources, Mosebenzi Zwane released the latest iteration of the Mining Charter last week.

By Nicci Botha 19 Jun 2017