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Property Practitioners Act: What landlords and tenants need to know
Property Practitioners Act: What landlords and tenants need to know

The Property Practitioners Act now just needs the president's signature to come into effect, and when it does it will bring about many significant changes in South Africa's property sector...

By Andrew Schaefer 3 days ago

Global cryptocurrency regulation standards expected in June
Global cryptocurrency regulation standards expected in June

During a speech at Consenus 2019, Sigal Mandelker, the US Treasury's Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, reiterated the projection that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will adopt international standards for cryptocurrency-based services in June 2019...

By Christopher Murrer and Dean Joffe 3 days ago

A win for domestic employees in South Africa
A win for domestic employees in South Africa

According to the International Labour Organisation, there is an estimated 1.1 million domestic employees in South Africa working in private households. The majority of domestic workers in South Africa are women, with research indicating that as of 2010, the domestic worker sector was the third largest employer of women...

By Fiona Leppan and Mayson Petla 13 Jun 2019

President receives notice of Public Protector investigation
President receives notice of Public Protector investigation

President Cyril Ramaphosa has received a notice from the Public Protector that he is being investigated for violating the Executive Ethics Code...

12 Jun 2019

What you need to know about the Competition Act amendments
What you need to know about the Competition Act amendments

Amendments to the Competition Act were published in the Government Gazette in February 2019. These are, however, not yet in force pending the publication of a date to be proclaimed by the President. Some of the more prominent changes to the Act are as follows...

By Rishal Bipraj 12 Jun 2019

Duhva power station
Eskom tender irregularity referred to Public Enterprises

The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission has referred its findings into the irregular awarding of a tender at an Eskom power station to the minister of public enterprises and director general of National Treasury.

12 Jun 2019

Botswana High Court landmark ruling a major win for LGBT rights in Africa
Botswana High Court landmark ruling a major win for LGBT rights in Africa

On 11 June 2019, the Botswana High Court ruled in favour of the case of LM vs the Attorney General of Botswana that challenged the constitutionality of the Botswana Penal Code, which criminalised same-sex sexual conduct between consenting adults...

12 Jun 2019

National Treasury publishes municipal cost containment regulations
National Treasury publishes municipal cost containment regulations

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has gazetted municipal cost containment regulations, which National Treasury says are aimed at ensuring that the resources of municipalities and municipal entities are used effectively, efficiently and economically...

11 Jun 2019

Be wary of recorded conversations
Be wary of recorded conversations

Contrary to popular belief, companies may be within their rights to secretly record conversations with employees and use that information against them in a court of law...

11 Jun 2019

Consumer court orders closure of Mahikeng college
Consumer court orders closure of Mahikeng college

The North West consumer court has ordered the closure of the Rock of Springs SA College in Mahikeng...

11 Jun 2019

Mpumalanga High Court rules in favour of SSC Group
Mpumalanga High Court rules in favour of SSC Group

The Mpumalanga High Court on Friday, 7 June 2019, dismissed (with costs) the intervention application brought by Ferdi Dippenaar against Flaming Silver...

10 Jun 2019

Battle of legislation: The presence of legal representation during specific arbitration
Battle of legislation: The presence of legal representation during specific arbitration

The CCMA, empowered by s115(2A)(k) of the Labour Relations Act (LRA), enacted Rule 25 in January which allows a party in an arbitration dispute to appear in person or be represented by a legal practitioner, candidate attorney or an entitled party in terms of sub-rule 1(a)...

By Hugo Pienaar and Michaela Grieve 10 Jun 2019

Ripple effect of carbon tax on Customs and Excise Laws
Ripple effect of carbon tax on Customs and Excise Laws

The Carbon Tax Act and Customs and Excise Amendment Act were approved by the President in May, with the purpose of the latter to provide for the administration and collection of Carbon Tax revenue...

By Virusha Subban and Matthew Tout 7 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

Surety by a spouse married in community of property - do I have to consent?
Surety by a spouse married in community of property - do I have to consent?

Under the Roman Dutch common law, marriages were ordinarily in community of property and the husband was vested with the marital power, but this was abolished by the Matrimonial Property Act...

By Corné Lewis and Neha Dhana 6 Jun 2019

Trust me, I'm a robot... even if you think my intelligence is artificial - Part 2
Trust me, I'm a robot... even if you think my intelligence is artificial - Part 2

Artificial intelligence is transforming every aspect of our lives and this may include the way that we trust. Prior cynicism of new development in technology is making way for new trust in technology because it is making our lives so much easier...

By Dawie de Villiers 6 Jun 2019

Amendments to Generic Codes of Good Practice on B-BBEE
Amendments to Generic Codes of Good Practice on B-BBEE

On 9 April 2019, the Minister of Trade and Industry signed four amendments to the Amended Generic B-BBEE Codes of 2013 (Codes). These amendments were gazetted last Friday and will come into effect on 31 November 2019...

By Adam Ismail, Candice Meyer and Safiyya Patel 5 Jun 2019

Housing activists ask court to uphold right to protest
Housing activists ask court to uphold right to protest

An interim interdict preventing the occupation of a site in Cape Town city centre being developed by GrowthPoint Properties was extended in the Western Cape High Court on Monday, 3 June...

By Katherine Liu 5 Jun 2019

SIU, SABC consider reviewing contract ruling
SIU, SABC consider reviewing contract ruling

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and the SABC have made an application seeking an order reviewing and setting aside the decision to appoint Sekela Xabiso CA Incorporated as a service provider to the SABC...

5 Jun 2019

5 tips to negotiating a settlement in commercial mediations
5 tips to negotiating a settlement in commercial mediations

Mediation is an alternative mechanism for dispute resolution and is, in essence, a facilitated negotiation, with the appointed mediator playing the role of the facilitator...

By Jackie Lafleur 4 Jun 2019

Tax return submission raised to R500,000
Tax return submission raised to R500,000

Taxpayers with an annual income not exceeding R500,000 will no longer be required to submit tax returns...

4 Jun 2019

Swiss court lets Semenya run without restriction
Swiss court lets Semenya run without restriction

The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland suspended the International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF's) rules restricting testosterone levels in female runners yesterday, allowing the South African Olympic champion Caster Semenya to compete freely...

4 Jun 2019

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U-turn in cannabis regulations opens up market

Until a week ago, CBD, the active non-psychoactive ingredient within cannabis which cannot make users high, was considered a scheduled substance in terms of the schedules to the Medicines Act...

By Megan Adderley, Rodney Africa, Adriano Esterhuizen & Deerah Pillay-Lungoomiah 3 Jun 2019

SCA upholds ruling against Interwaste
SCA upholds ruling against Interwaste

The Department of Environmental Affairs has welcomed the decision by the Supreme Court of Appeal in the matter involving the validity of a Compliance Notice issued to Interwaste...

3 Jun 2019

Civil society concerned over South Africa's weak carbon tax
Civil society concerned over South Africa's weak carbon tax

The African Climate Reality Project (ACRP) welcomes the implementation of a carbon tax in South Africa as of 1 June 2019...

By Noelle Garcin 3 Jun 2019

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#FairnessFirst: A picture tells a thousand words, but should it?

People are never just a means to your journalistic end, especially when it comes to children. Their stories are our work, and when you work to add their authentic voices, it automatically changes the angle of the story for the better. But what about images of children in news articles? Media Monitoring Africa and the UCT Children's Institute media workshop on 22 May at the Doubletree Hilton...

By Leigh Andrews 3 Jun 2019

The world then and now, and how the way we protect our children needs to change
The world then and now, and how the way we protect our children needs to change

This National Child Protection Week (CPW), Google South Africa and Media Monitoring Africa hosted a roundtable putting a spotlight on the importance of online safety for children...

By Jessica Tennant 31 May 2019

Carbon Tax Bill: What effect will this have on corporate SA?
Carbon Tax Bill: What effect will this have on corporate SA?

The long-awaited Carbon Tax Bill, which is due to be implemented on 1 June 2019, will have a considerable impact on many of the large corporates that are currently operating in South Africa...

31 May 2019

Court blow for activists being sued by mining company
Court blow for activists being sued by mining company

Cape High Court Judge Judith Cloete dismissed with costs a discovery application brought by three of six defendants ahead of a defamation case totalling R9.25m...

By John Yeld 31 May 2019

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