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Is traditional jewellery protected by IP law?
Is traditional jewellery protected by IP law?

Traditional African jewellery designs have become a prominent feature on the international fashion stage with many fashion brands taking inspiration from traditional African jewellery and showcasing it on a global stage. But does it fall under IP protection...?

By Pamela Maluleke 4 hours ago

Professionalising franchising could weed out unscrupulous business owners
Professionalising franchising could weed out unscrupulous business owners

Franchising worldwide continues having a 90% success rate as opposed to 10% for those starting a business on their own and whilst the sector in South Africa contributes around R721 billion to the country's GDP...

23 Aug 2019

Key Competition Amendment Act provisions are now in force...
Key Competition Amendment Act provisions are now in force...

A notice was recently published in the Government Gazette, bringing into force some of the provisions of the Competition Amendment Act...

By Lerisha Naidu, Sphesihle Nxumalo and Kirsty Gibson 31 Jul 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Jul 2019

What do South Africans think about SA's proposed Tobacco Bill?
What do South Africans think about SA's proposed Tobacco Bill?

The general public views the burgeoning growth of illegal cigarette sales in the country as of far greater importance to address, than Government's proposed plain packaging for tobacco products...

23 Jul 2019

Upping the Section 12J ante - Innovative deal-making readies SA's premier mohair sock maker for export growth
Upping the Section 12J ante - Innovative deal-making readies SA's premier mohair sock maker for export growth

Cape Town-based Cape Mohair is uniquely positioned for export-led growth following an innovative deal that addressed its need for new machinery and extra working capital...

Issued by Luxury Brands 19 Jul 2019

Sars to host roadshows to discuss new customs legislation - book now
Sars to host roadshows to discuss new customs legislation - book now

On 1 July 2019, in communication addressed to external stakeholders, the Sars confirmed that it would be embarking on roadshows to discuss the new customs legislation, from 22 July to 1 August 2019...

By Busisiwe Vilakazi 3 Jul 2019

How brand blocking regulations in South Africa could lead to further job losses
How brand blocking regulations in South Africa could lead to further job losses

A legislative trend of applying branding and marketing restrictions on alcohol, junk food and sugar is gaining traction across the world and posing a threat to some of the worlds' most famous brands...

By Ron Cregan 27 Jun 2019

Further postponement of new Declaration Processing System
Further postponement of new Declaration Processing System

In communication addressed to external stakeholders last year, Sars confirmed that it had identified three main focus areas in the implementation of the New Customs Acts Programme, which included the Declaration Processing System (DPS)...

By Busisiwe Vilakazi 25 Jun 2019

New Customs rules proposed to control tobacco supply chain
New Customs rules proposed to control tobacco supply chain

Earlier this year it was announced that the Sars had embarked on a number of strategic initiatives to curb revenue leakages. In line with this initiative, Sars has proposed new draft rules that require the registration at Customs of each tobacco leaf threshing factory...

20 Jun 2019

How social media has become a breeding ground for counterfeit sales
How social media has become a breeding ground for counterfeit sales

As much as people love social media, there is a dark side to it too - one involving counterfeit goods and billions of Rands of lost revenue for companies and governments the world over...

7 Jun 2019

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When local becomes lekker for the economy

The notion of buying local doesn't extend to all products and services. We produce and manufacture many things in Namibia, including cars, however, with certain things it's impossible to buy local...

By Llewellyn le Hané 6 Jun 2019

Competition Commission's grocery retail market inquiry welcomed
Competition Commission's grocery retail market inquiry welcomed

Specialist challenger retailers have welcomed the Competition Commission's findings on the power wielded by the major national supermarket chains over enforcing exclusive provisions in their lease agreements against challenger retailers and speciality stores...

5 Jun 2019

Guarding against greenwashing
Guarding against greenwashing

Terms such as "environmentally friendly", "organic", and "natural" or "pure" are popping up on marketing campaigns across the world...

31 May 2019

We tested baby food sugar levels in South Africa. This is what we found
We tested baby food sugar levels in South Africa. This is what we found

South Africa has the highest rates of childhood obesity in the world, with an alarming figure of 13%. The global average stands at 6%. One of the main causes of South Africa's rate is the rapid growth of the country's commercial food industry...

By Karen Hofman and Nicola Christofides 30 May 2019

Sugar tax leaves a bitter taste for the beverage sector
Sugar tax leaves a bitter taste for the beverage sector

The sharp increase in the average selling price of sugary drinks in South Africa is starting to be felt...

By Marilyn Nel and Khathu Musingadi, Issued by BMi Research 27 May 2019

Footwear giants call tariffs 'catastrophic' in open letter to Trump
Footwear giants call tariffs 'catastrophic' in open letter to Trump

Some of the biggest names in footwear have signed an open letter to President Donald Trump urging him to reconsider the proposed tariffs on shoes made in China...

22 May 2019

The Cannabis Expo heads to KZN
The Cannabis Expo heads to KZN

The Cannabis Expo is making its way to Sibaya Casino in Durban, a city famous for the specific strands of cannabis that grow in the region...

10 May 2019

How to ensure batch traceability in your food process
How to ensure batch traceability in your food process

The ability of food manufacturers to recall contaminated food products was publicly tested last year during the Listeriosis outbreak. In addition to processed meat products, frozen corn and eggs were also whipped off shelves...

By Deirdre Fryer 6 May 2019

The role of rural women in making home brew: a Rwandan case study
The role of rural women in making home brew: a Rwandan case study

Across sub-Saharan Africa traditional non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are made from locally available produce like cereals, fresh milk, fruits, and vegetables...

By Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu 6 May 2019

Shopping trends mean blocking the big Sainsbury's-Asda merger may not protect customers
Shopping trends mean blocking the big Sainsbury's-Asda merger may not protect customers

The proposed merger of supermarkets Sainsbury's and Asda is now off the table as the regulator has ruled against it, saying it would lead to higher prices for consumers...

By Yasemin Kor 30 Apr 2019

Sellers' reputations in e-retail markets: do they matter?
Sellers' reputations in e-retail markets: do they matter?

The volume of online sales has skyrocketed over the last 10 years, taking up larger and larger shares of total retail sales. E-retail sales account now for 10.2% of all retail sales worldwide...

By Fabrizio Casalin 10 Apr 2019

How do new VAT cross-border e-commerce rules affect suppliers?
How do new VAT cross-border e-commerce rules affect suppliers?

The indirect taxation of cross-border e-commerce transactions have been high on the agenda for tax authorities worldwide. There is clearly a perception that much of these transactions are escaping indirect tax (essentially VAT) because the supplier and consumer are in different jurisdictions...

By Des Kruger 1 Apr 2019

Proposed zero-rating of sanitary towels (pads) a slightly hollow victory for SA women - here's why
Proposed zero-rating of sanitary towels (pads) a slightly hollow victory for SA women - here's why

During the medium-term budget in October 2018, the minister of finance announced that sanitary towels (pads) will be included in the list of those items that are zero rated for VAT purposes...

By Kagiso Nonyane 28 Mar 2019

How MSC's ecolabelling is tackling seafood fraud
How MSC's ecolabelling is tackling seafood fraud

DNA barcoding of more than 1,400 Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) labelled products has shown that less than 1% were mislabelled, compared with a reported average global seafood mislabelling rate of 30%.

25 Mar 2019

No-deal Brexit and its impact on South African poultry
No-deal Brexit and its impact on South African poultry

Britain's tortuous progress towards leaving the European Union presents an opportunity for South African poultry producers as post-Brexit trade deals are negotiated...

22 Mar 2019

Govt support for poultry industry must translate into policy and action - FairPlay
Govt support for poultry industry must translate into policy and action - FairPlay

Last week's statement of government support for the South African poultry industry does not end the industry crisis caused by dumped imports. But it could mark the start of a new era of co-operation...

12 Mar 2019

Dedicated cannabis expo set for Cape Town in April
Dedicated cannabis expo set for Cape Town in April

The Cannabis Expo, a trade and consumer exhibition dedicated to the cannabis industry, is set be held at Sun Exhibits at GrandWest in Cape Town from 4 to 7 April...

11 Mar 2019

Liquor industry signs guidelines for good business practice for SA companies in Africa
Liquor industry signs guidelines for good business practice for SA companies in Africa

The liquor industry has signed the Guidelines for Good Business Practice for South African Companies Operating on the African Continent...

1 Mar 2019

Why the rise of digital commerce holds promise for Africa
Why the rise of digital commerce holds promise for Africa

80 million young people will benefit from the rise of digital commerce in Africa by 2030, according to a new report released by the Mastercard Foundation in partnership with BFA...

28 Feb 2019

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