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UN ruling could be a game-changer for climate refugees and climate action
UN ruling could be a game-changer for climate refugees and climate action

The recent ruling by the United Nations that governments cannot return people to countries where their lives might be threatened by climate change is a potential game-changer...

By Yvonne Su 3 hours ago

West Coast property owners could be ordered to demolish their houses
West Coast property owners could be ordered to demolish their houses

Five Elands Bay beach property owners have been served warning notices by the Western Cape's environmental authorities for allegedly illegally building houses and other structures within the protected coastal zone...

By John Yeld 4 hours ago

Education Minister engages stakeholders on BELA Bill
Education Minister engages stakeholders on BELA Bill

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is this week meeting stakeholders to discuss progress on work being done on the Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA) Bill...

20 hours ago

The dismissal of a chief executive is seldom given such publicity as has happened in the case of Old Mutual. Shutterstock
When a company falls out with its CEO: lessons from South Africa's Old Mutual

A legal battle between Old Mutual, the South African-based pan-African investment, savings and insurance group, and its chief executive officer Peter Moyo has dominated news headlines in the country for the past eight months...

By Rehana Cassim 2 days ago

Employee rights proposed for film and TV industry workers
Employee rights proposed for film and TV industry workers

On 11 December 2019, the Minister of Labour in South Africa issued a notice calling for interested parties to make submissions on his proposal to deem persons in the film and television industry as employees for the purpose of selected portions of South Africa's employment law...

By Johan Botes 24 Jan 2020

Leanne Mostert, partner, Webber Wentzel
6 things every miner ought to know about AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) offers prospecting and mining operations a greater ability to target likely mineral deposits, plan new mine developments in difficult terrain, control autonomous vehicles and improve recovery rates from diamond sorting or other minerals processing...

By Leanne Mostert 24 Jan 2020

Choosing the correct legal status of a business
Choosing the correct legal status of a business

Entrepreneurs who are starting new businesses are urged to carefully consider the legal status and type of business being registered...

24 Jan 2020

Contract termination vs employee dismissal - how are they interrelated?
Contract termination vs employee dismissal - how are they interrelated?

A recent case decided by the South African High Court has examined the curious interplay of an employee's rights as they arise from both the written contract of employment and, at the same time, labour legislation. Although the judgment may at first seem confusing, a careful analysis of its outcome sheds light on how these parallel sources of the parties' rights and obligations operate in conjunction.

By Bradley Workman-Davies 23 Jan 2020

More time for mining industry to comply with FP Regulations
More time for mining industry to comply with FP Regulations

On 17 January 2020, the long-awaited notice extending the transitional timeframe for compliance with the Financial Provisioning Regulations, 2015 (FP Regulations) was published by Minister Creecy (Extension Notice)...

By Garyn Rapson, Gillian Niven and Paula-Ann Novotny 23 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Directors' personal exposure will increase in 2020
#BizTrends2020: Directors' personal exposure will increase in 2020

If you are a director of a company engaged publicly you need to examine your role, responsibilities and potential liability as you go into 2020 because director's liability is expected to increase. This expectation is confirmed by the fact that claims against directors and officers liability insurers increased in 2019 and the trend is expected to continue markedly.

By Patrick Bracher 22 Jan 2020

Landmark court ruling highlights crisis in South Africa's cities and towns
Landmark court ruling highlights crisis in South Africa's cities and towns

A high court in South Africa has passed a landmark ruling with far-reaching implications for municipalities that fail to carry out their constitutional duty to citizens...

By Joleen Steyn Kotze 22 Jan 2020

Impact of free trade area in Africa will be huge
Impact of free trade area in Africa will be huge

Member States of the African Union (AU) have a combined population of over 1.2 billion people and gross domestic product of more than $3.4 trillion - yet the continent accounts for less than 3% of world trade...

By Andrew Skipper 21 Jan 2020

The (tax) benefit of keeping employees incentivised
The (tax) benefit of keeping employees incentivised

Are expenses incurred in maintaining a content and motivated workforce part of the costs of a taxpayer's income-producing operations...?

By Graeme Palmer 20 Jan 2020

Court develops common law allowing for services as compensation for future medical damages
Court develops common law allowing for services as compensation for future medical damages

In a recent landmark judgment, MSM obo KBM v The Member of the Executive Council for Health, Gauteng Provincial Government, the Gauteng High Court handed down a ruling in December 2019 in which it developed the common law to allow for payment of future damages by providing services instead of money in certain medical negligence cases involving State hospitals...

By Sandra Sithole 20 Jan 2020

Planning for public holidays and your business in 2020
Planning for public holidays and your business in 2020

South Africa has 13 official public holidays and in 2020, enjoys 14 as one falls on a Sunday. Employers should consider the effect on the workplace and implement measures to address the impact on work...

By Faan Coetzee 17 Jan 2020

Lizel Oberholzer, energy head, Norton Rose Fulbright
Impact of new law on SA's oil and gas industry

The recently published draft Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill will bring greater policy certainty and a stable investment environment for South African oil and gas exploration and production...

By Lizel Oberholzer 17 Jan 2020

Call for comments on guidelines to develop PoPI Codes of Conduct
Call for comments on guidelines to develop PoPI Codes of Conduct

Although there are still no clear indicators as to when the long-awaited Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPI) will come into force, there have been some recent PoPI related developments...

16 Jan 2020

Former municipal workers fight labour broker issue
Former municipal workers fight labour broker issue

The case of about 200 former Ekurhuleni municipal workers who claim that they should have been made permanent employees was heard at the Labour Court in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, on Tuesday...

By Zoë Postman 16 Jan 2020

Shoprite loses appeal, guilty of reckless credit lending
Shoprite loses appeal, guilty of reckless credit lending

Shoprite Investments Limited has lost its appeal against the National Consumer Tribunal's ruling that it recklessly granted credit. The retail giant's appeal was dismissed with costs by the Pretoria High Court on 18 December 2019.

15 Jan 2020

Uniformly increasing affordability of uniforms
Uniformly increasing affordability of uniforms

As we gear up for the new year and the return to school for children across the country, we take a look at the intended effects of the Competition Commission's investigation into the pricing of school uniform and the subsequent agreements signed before the Competition Tribunal in 2019...

By Jac Marais, Mia de Jager and Kameel Pancham 14 Jan 2020

Court orders dissolution of Makana municipality
Court orders dissolution of Makana municipality

The Makhanda High Court, on Tuesday morning, ordered the Makana municipality to be dissolved and placed under administration for violating its constitutional mandate by failing to provide basic services to the community...

By Lucas Nowicki 14 Jan 2020

Inputs sought on document to improve film, TV workers' rights
Inputs sought on document to improve film, TV workers' rights

Major improvements are in the pipeline for the rights of workers in the film and television industry...

13 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: The future of flying drones in South Africa
#BizTrends2020: The future of flying drones in South Africa

Drones are becoming part of everyday life for people and businesses. The potential private and commercial applications are endless. But there are very few licenced commercial drone operators in the country, with many users operating drones illegally because of the cost and complexity of compliance. The authorities simply do not have the means to enforce compliance in all but the most egregious offences...

By Kiasha Nagiah 13 Jan 2020

SA, Ethiopia sign visa waiver for officials
SA, Ethiopia sign visa waiver for officials

South Africa and Ethiopia have signed an agreement on the waiver of visa requirements for holders of diplomatic or official/service passports...

13 Jan 2020

Former Prasa employee ordered to pay damages for CV fraud
Former Prasa employee ordered to pay damages for CV fraud

In a recent case, Passenger Rail Agency v Mr Daniel Mthimkhulu the High Court ordered a former executive employee to pay his old employer an amount of approximately R5.7 million in damages for misrepresenting his qualifications...

By Dhevarsha Ramjettan, Shane Johnson, and Kgololego Pooe 10 Jan 2020

Employment equity reports due next week
Employment equity reports due next week

Employers have until next Wednesday to file their employment equity (EE) online reports in line with the Employment Equity Act...

9 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: South Africa - challenges and opportunities in the year ahead
#BizTrends2020: South Africa - challenges and opportunities in the year ahead

South Africa is experiencing a period of prolonged political and economic uncertainty, but the country's commitment to improving the local investment environment, combined with signs of future economic improvement, have resulted in increases in M&A value...

By Morne van der Merwe and Wildu du Plessis 8 Jan 2020

Why compliance is the cornerstone to every business' success?
Why compliance is the cornerstone to every business' success?

Compliance is something that affects all businesses in all industries. Regardless of whether you are a large enterprise or a small startup...

7 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Mining - the future in 2020: An optimistic forecast
#BizTrends2020: Mining - the future in 2020: An optimistic forecast

Mining remains one of the major contributors to the South African economy. In 2019, the mining industry saw a number of exciting developments. More interesting developments lie ahead...

By Athi Jara 6 Jan 2020

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