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You can go to jail for spreading fake news about Covid-19
You can go to jail for spreading fake news about Covid-19

As the coronavirus (Covid-19) spreads, so does the misinformation. Recently referred to by the WHO as an "infodemic", the volume of information that is both true and false has been communicated across all platforms globally...

23 Mar 2020

Covid-19: Commission to deal with suppliers who inflate prices
Covid-19: Commission to deal with suppliers who inflate prices

The Competition Commission says it has received several complaints from the public about rising prices for essentials such as some food, healthcare and hygiene products...

23 Mar 2020

Audio visual systems to enable court appearances
Audio visual systems to enable court appearances

As government continues to implement measures to curb the spread of Covid-19, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says audio visual systems are to be used in courts to enable some proceedings to take place...

23 Mar 2020

#HumanRightsDay 2020: A spotlight on the right to data privacy in SA
#HumanRightsDay 2020: A spotlight on the right to data privacy in SA

In these uncertain times, South Africa is fortunate to have a constitutional democracy that is deserving of being firmly guarded. Human Rights Day is an opportune time for us to reflect on what this means to us...

By Avani Singh 20 Mar 2020

Environmental emergencies as a consequence of Covid-19
Environmental emergencies as a consequence of Covid-19

The National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (NEMA) defines an "emergency situation" as one that has arisen suddenly that poses an imminent and serious threat to the environment, human life or property, including a 'disaster' as defined in section 1 of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (DMA)...

20 Mar 2020

New regulations to curb stockpiling, price hikes released
New regulations to curb stockpiling, price hikes released

Government has imposed regulations that will limit unjustified price hikes and product stockpiling, to protect consumers, as the number of Covid-19 pandemic cases rise to 150...

20 Mar 2020

State of Disaster regulations gazetted
State of Disaster regulations gazetted

With government having declared a national state of disaster amid the Covid-19 virus outbreak, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has gazetted regulations aimed at containing the spread...

19 Mar 2020

Adams & Adams: Expanding on a legacy of greatest hits
Adams & Adams: Expanding on a legacy of greatest hits

The legal industry award season has come and gone and saw Adams and Adams leading the pack, bagging 10 awards in various specialisation from intellectual property to patents, trademarks and dispute resolution...

Issued by Adams & Adams 19 Mar 2020

Cyber risk during Covid-19 outbreak
Cyber risk during Covid-19 outbreak

A common response by businesses to the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) has been to implement measures that require social distancing and remote working...

By Rosalind Lake and Priyanka Naidoo 19 Mar 2020

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Covid-19 regulations limit alcohol sale hours

Government gazetted regulations on the national state of disaster have directed that taverns, restaurants and clubs must be closed by 6pm...

19 Mar 2020

The whole truth and nothing but the truth
The whole truth and nothing but the truth

The provisions of the Companies Act create an effective system for tracing missing assets of a company and generally revealing the circumstances that led to insolvency of a company and whether there was unlawful conduct by directors or other persons...

Issued by Adverb 19 Mar 2020

Q&A - pressing issues employers are addressing in light of the coronavirus outbreak
Q&A - pressing issues employers are addressing in light of the coronavirus outbreak

Johan Botes, partner and head of the Employment & Compensation Practice at Baker McKenzie Johannesburg, addresses a series of questions many South African employees and employers are asking amid the the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak...

By Johan Botes 19 Mar 2020

Courts to put in measures to fight Covid-19
Courts to put in measures to fight Covid-19

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says courts around the country will beef up sanitation in a bid to ensure that access to justice is not hindered by Covid-19...

18 Mar 2020

A guide to legal issues and risks surrounding Covid-19
A guide to legal issues and risks surrounding Covid-19

The global outbreak of Covid-19 has caused disruption across the world and very recently South Africa...

18 Mar 2020

Beware of Antitrust Law violations amidst Covid-19
Beware of Antitrust Law violations amidst Covid-19

In these unprecedented times, companies are grappling with the effects of the outbreak on doing business, including formulating ways in which to maintain business performance, at best, and avoid being completely crippled by the effects of the global pandemic, at worst...

By Lerisha Naidu and Sphesihle Nxumalo 16 Mar 2020

#WCRD2020: NCR encourages consumers to know their rights
#WCRD2020: NCR encourages consumers to know their rights

March is Human Rights Month and has also been adopted as a Consumer Rights Month in South Africa. In addition, 15 March has been declared World Consumer Rights Day...

13 Mar 2020

National Road Traffic Amendment Bill to improve safety
National Road Traffic Amendment Bill to improve safety

Cabinet has approved the submission of the National Road Traffic Amendment Bill of 2019 to Parliament...

13 Mar 2020

Coronavirus, contracts and force majeure
Coronavirus, contracts and force majeure

The coronavirus is having a significant impact on the global economy as it increasingly disrupts production, supply chains and travel. With that in mind, organisations should consider any potential legal risks and how to protect themselves against them...

By Liz Pinnock 12 Mar 2020

The canna revolution - Q&A with Cannabis Expo director Silas Howarth
The canna revolution - Q&A with Cannabis Expo director Silas Howarth

The Cannabis Expo has been postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The Cannabis Expo returns to Cape Town from 19 to 22 March 2020 at GrandWest. We got in touch with expo director Silas Howarth to find out what goes into putting on an event of this nature, shifting stigmas, advice for budding entrepreneurs and CBD trends...

By Ruth Cooper 12 Mar 2020

Ergonomics Regulations launched
Ergonomics Regulations launched

Employers have a duty and responsibility to prevent occupational diseases and injuries relating to exposure to ergonomic hazards in their workplaces...

11 Mar 2020

Technical recession puts further pressure on employment
Technical recession puts further pressure on employment

Having recently slipped into a technical recession, the South African economy continues to experience dangerously low levels of economic growth, which does not bode well for national employment figures...

10 Mar 2020

Implications of coronavirus for SA employers
Implications of coronavirus for SA employers

Following confirmation of SA's first case of the coronavirus (Covid-19), there is a strong likelihood that there will be other cases of Covid-19 across the country. Naturally, employers will need to bear in mind various employment and health and safety considerations to manage the risk of Covid-19 in the workplace...

By Johan Olivier, Kate Collier, Lizle Louw, and Shane Johnson 9 Mar 2020

Use of personal information in gated estates
Use of personal information in gated estates

The collection and use of personal information in private estates and gated communities in South Africa is common. Visitors are often required to provide personal information to security companies...

By Clea Rawlins 9 Mar 2020

You can leave, just not right now...
You can leave, just not right now...

An employee is entitled, at any time in an employment relationship, to resign and walk away from his employer...

By Bradley Workman-Davies 6 Mar 2020

Bus operator's application against Prasa dismissed
Bus operator's application against Prasa dismissed

The Competition Tribunal (Tribunal) has dismissed an interim application by the African People Mover (APM), a bus company which sought interim relief from paying access costs at the Park Station bus facility...

5 Mar 2020

Parliament passes BMA Bill
Parliament passes BMA Bill

Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has welcomed the passing of the Border Management Authority (BMA) Bill by the National Assembly, in Parliament, on Monday...

5 Mar 2020

Precautionary steps to minimise risk of Covid-19 on business
Precautionary steps to minimise risk of Covid-19 on business

Businesses in South Africa should consider whether the coronavirus outbreak may affect their commercial contracts and if so, which steps they can take to minimise their risk and exposure...

5 Mar 2020

Teachers, Nyati camp implicated in Enock Mpianzi's death
Teachers, Nyati camp implicated in Enock Mpianzi's death

Parktown Boys High School educators, together with the Nyati Bush Camp, have been found liable in the death of Enock Mpianzi in what Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has described as a "damning report"...

5 Mar 2020

Innovation drives M&A deals in uncertain times
Innovation drives M&A deals in uncertain times

While macroeconomic factors such as continued political turbulence and widespread fiscal uncertainty have undeniably impacted dealmaking across the globe, deal flow has by no means come to a halt. Rather, the challenging commercial environment has served as a catalyst for innovation, resulting in an evolution of dealmaking that requires greater agility and flexibility than ever before...

4 Mar 2020

Current collective agreement for firefighters still binding
Current collective agreement for firefighters still binding

The Labour Court has ruled that the 24-hour shift agreement and standby allowance afforded to Cape Town firefighters is valid and binding until such time as a new collective agreement has been concluded by all parties involved...

4 Mar 2020

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