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The missing Bill to my marriage

As the world celebrated Pride month this past June, the issue of same-sex marriages in South Africa came before Parliament again, for consideration of the Civil Union Amendment Bill to address and enforce the existing rights of same-sex couples...

By Asher Ndebele 27 Jul 2020

New technologies mean states must reconsider what 'reproductive rights' are

A number of technological advances have revolutionised human reproduction in the past few decades. One example is in vitro fertilisation (IVF), the process of fertilising a woman's eggs with a man's sperm in the laboratory...

By Bonginkosi Shozi 23 Jul 2020

CT High Court rules on illegal evictions

Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has welcomed the Western Cape High Court judgment against the City of Cape Town on illegal evictions...

16 Jul 2020

Covid-19: No "payment holiday" for maintenance payers

The end of "lockdown" in South Africa is uncertain. The devastating effect on the economy and households will be a reality for a time to come. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable members of society are the hardest hit...

Issued by Adams & Adams 7 Jul 2020

High Court rules SRD grant should be available to asylum seekers, special permit holders

On 18 June 2020, the Gauteng High Court gave judgment declaring that eligible special permit holders, and asylum seekers with visas valid on 15 March 2020 can access the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant...

By Dibuseng Motlokoa and Laura Macfarlane 24 Jun 2020

Latest changes to the Covid-19 OHS directive and what they mean for employers

On 4 June 2020, Government repealed the Covid-19 Occupational Health and Safety Measures in Workplaces (OHS Directive) and replaced it with the Consolidated Covid-19 Direction on Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Consolidated Directive) which, while largely similar to the former OHS Directive, is materially different in certain respects...

By Jaime Myhill 18 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

#YouthMonth: Resource Compass to help youth during Covid-19

Global law firm Baker McKenzie has partnered with organisations including the Centre for International Rights to create the Youth Rights Resource Compass, a website that directs young people, as well as those who advocate for them, to the entities, organisations, governmental and other agencies that are open and available to them during Covid-19...

17 Jun 2020

Balancing employee religious rights and the need for protective equipment

The coronavirus pandemic has brought to the fore the rights of an employer to insist on the wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE). However, there may be instances where employees are unable or unwilling to wear the prescribed PPE, as doing so would go against their religious beliefs...

By Laura Macfarlane and Frances Barker 11 Jun 2020

'Irrational' lockdown regulations invalid - High Court ruling

The Gauteng High Court yesterday declared the Covid-19 lockdown regulations in Levels 3 and 4 unconstitutional and invalid...

By Shan Radcliffe 3 Jun 2020

Free State ordered to pay NPOs R120m in outstanding subsidies

The Free State High Court has ordered the provincial government to pay non-profit organisations caring for children, the frail and elderly, more than R120m in outstanding subsidies...

By Tania Broughton 26 May 2020

Court victory for "invisible, undocumented children"

In a victory for "invisible, undocumented children", unwed fathers will soon be able to register the births of their children without the mother being present or giving consent...

By Tania Broughton 22 May 2020

Court orders City of Cape Town to leave Obs occupiers alone

Shack dwellers and homeless people who have erected a tent in Observatory, Cape Town, have obtained an urgent interim interdict that prevents the City from evicting them. The tent, home now to dozens of people, has been erected on the lawn in front of a vacated old age home, Arcadia House, owned by Cape Peninsula Organisation for the Aged (CPOA)...

21 May 2020

Why the court ruled that the ban on religious gatherings is not unconstitutional

Last month a court order was sought to declare the lockdown regulations unconstitutional to the extent that they prohibit congregational worship...

By Tanveer Jeewa 5 May 2020

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