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The African Continental Free Trade Area - from agreement to implementation

The Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was brokered by the African Union (AU) and adopted by 44 of its 55 member states on 21 March 2018. By February 2019, all AU countries, save for Eritrea, had become signatories to the AfCFTA, which came into force on 30 May 2019...

By Robyn Berger, Theunis Claassen and Catherine Robson 3 days ago

Back to business for restaurants, cinemas, theatres, casinos and others

Following new amendments, employers who operate restaurants, cinemas, theatres, casinos, museums, galleries, libraries, archives and conference centres as well as personal care services (e.g. hairdressers and tattoo parlours) may open again. Certain sporting (contact and non-contact) activities are also permitted to resume.

By Dhevarsha Ramjettan, Kirsten Eiser, Partner and Shane Johnson 29 Jun 2020

Innovative protocol developed for virtual arbitration hearings in Africa

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the way in which disputes are being resolved around the world. In most countries, courts and arbitral bodies have been forced to take measures to prevent or limit the spread of Covid-19. This has included encouraging parties to make use of virtual hearings where possible...

By Jackie Lafleur 25 Jun 2020

The death of a shareholder: what happens next?

A shareholder can be defined as a person, whether natural or juristic, who owns shares or stock in a company. But what happens when a shareholder dies? Our attorneys explain the legal process...

Issued by Abrahams & Gross 24 Jun 2020

Ready, set, comply - sections of the PoPIA implemented

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that sections of the long-awaited Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPIA) will finally be enforceable from 1 July 2020...

By Johan Botes and Kirsty Gibson 24 Jun 2020

Edcon business rescuers ask for 157% increase

Fees charged by liquidators and business rescue practitioners, and the impact they can have on bottom line payouts to affected employees, came under the spotlight at Monday's meeting to consider a business rescue model for Edcon...

By Tania Broughton 24 Jun 2020

Rules for personal care services during advanced Level 3 lockdown

The government has gazetted regulations for the operation of personal care services, including hairdressing, beauty services and tattoo parlours...

22 Jun 2020

Conflicting judgments on 'no work no pay' cases

The Johannesburg High Court recently found in the matter of Mhlonipheni v Mezepoli Melrose Arch and Others (2020) that employees (in this case, employed by the Mezepoli and Plaka chain of restaurants) were able to tender their services during Level 4 and 5 of the National Lockdown...

By Bradley Workman-Davies 19 Jun 2020

Private schools must give fair hearings before kicking children out, rules Concourt

The Constitutional Court has ruled that private (or independent) schools may no longer rely on contracts with parents as the basis for kicking children out of school without a fair hearing...

By Tania Broughton 18 Jun 2020

Call for comments on franchise industry code

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) is calling for comments on the discussion document relating to the publication of the Franchise Association of South Africa Industry Code...

11 Jun 2020

Business rescue and liquidation have consequences for IP

Intellectual property is often overlooked when a business is compelled to seek business rescue or liquidation, but it may form a valuable asset, requiring decisions to be made on whether to sell it or maintain it...

By Bernadette Versfeld 10 Jun 2020

R14m defamation case between Australian miners and critics will make legal history

South African legal history will be made in the Cape High Court on Tuesday [today] where the first part of novel litigation involving a R14.25m defamation suit by mining interests against activists has been set down for hearing. The defendants argue that it is a 'SLAPP' suit...

By John Yeld 9 Jun 2020

WFH: Keep your information safe

Working from home during lockdown has become a necessity for many businesses. Although working remotely means a business can continue to operate, it presents increased security risks...

By Clea Rawlins 8 Jun 2020

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