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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

Carbon tax revenues could be harnessed to help South Africa's poor
Carbon tax revenues could be harnessed to help South Africa's poor

Climate change needs urgent action by all countries, and by all means...

By Harald Winkler and Andrew Marquard 31 May 2019

10th Annual Lex-Informatica CyberLaw/ICT Conference 2019
10th Annual Lex-Informatica CyberLaw/ICT Conference 2019

The 10th Annual SA CyberLaw/ICT Conference, taking place from 15-16 August, will explore cyber security breaches and cyber criminality...

Issued by Snail Attorneys 30 May 2019

Why 'forgetting' simple tasks may add up to gross insubordination
Why 'forgetting' simple tasks may add up to gross insubordination

In a recent case, the Labour Court was called to decide whether an employee's failure to adhere to an instruction to copy her line manager in her emails warranted a dismissal...

By Thabang Rapuleng and Tamsanqa Mila 30 May 2019

Trust me, I'm a robot... even if you think my intelligence is artificial - Part 1
Trust me, I'm a robot... even if you think my intelligence is artificial - Part 1

As with relationships between people, trust in AI systems will have to be developed over time, and mistakes will be made...

By Prof Dawie De Villiers 30 May 2019

SA's marine protection increases
SA's marine protection increases

The gazetting of a network of 20 new representative Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) has increased South Africa's marine ecosystem area under protection in the country's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)...

29 May 2019

Freedom of expression under threat, new campaign warns
Freedom of expression under threat, new campaign warns

South Africa's hard-won constitutional rights to freedom of expression and of legitimate political protest are under mounting pressure from both the state and private companies...

By John Yeld 29 May 2019

CoCT proposes Parow Station Precinct exemption from heritage protection
CoCT proposes Parow Station Precinct exemption from heritage protection

Residents and interested parties are invited to comment on the City of Cape Town's proposal to exempt the Parow Station Precinct from heritage protections under the National Heritage Resources Act...

29 May 2019

Rental Amendment Act to help eliminate grey areas
Rental Amendment Act to help eliminate grey areas

Increasing the rights of tenants and obligations of landlords, the much-anticipated Rental Housing Amendment Act 35 of 2014 will help eliminate potential grey areas that could create disputes...

29 May 2019

Emma Dempster, director in the projects and energy sector, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Change to licensing regulations adds a surge to grid

Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, has granted a welcome deviation from South Africa's existing power generation licensing regulations that allows additional power to be fed into the local grid...

29 May 2019

Confusion in the prescription of medical negligence claims?
Confusion in the prescription of medical negligence claims?

For 10 years it seemed as if the law relating to the commencement of the running of prescription in medical negligence matters was clear and settled. Then, 10 years later, came Links' case, in the Constitutional Court...

By John Saner, Issued by LexisNexis 28 May 2019

Legal Tech Meetups launched
Legal Tech Meetups launched

An exciting new series of meetups has been launched on how to practically explore the sheer number of opportunities which legal technology enablement and new design thinking can bring to the industry...

Issued by LexisNexis 28 May 2019

Best practice for supplier selection
Best practice for supplier selection

Supplier services are essential in helping a business to function and reach its operational objectives. Considering their significance to the performance of a business, it is of utmost importance to work with the right suppliers...

Issued by LexisNexis 28 May 2019

Why you should think twice before giving your kid a brand new Merc...
Why you should think twice before giving your kid a brand new Merc...

There are a few things to consider before giving your 21-year-old any luxury assets. Sars might ask whether you're being generous because you can afford it... or if you're being 'shady' and dodging creditors and donations tax...

By David Thomson 28 May 2019

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