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Bill to make early childhood development compulsory
Bill to make early childhood development compulsory

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the department will table a bill this year that will make two schooling years before Grade 1 compulsory...

19 Feb 2020

Cabinet approves Public Procurement Bill for comment
Cabinet approves Public Procurement Bill for comment

Cabinet has approved the publication of the Public Procurement Bill for public comment - setting in motion legislation for procurement strategies that support government's socio-economic objectives...

18 Feb 2020

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Environmental considerations for self-generation regime

Besides the obviouts dialogue about legislative amendments needed for mining companies to generate their own power, there is also the question of whether the minister consulted with other relevant departments in ensuring this policy decision is given due effect...

By Gillian Niven & Paula-Ann Novotny 18 Feb 2020

How the AARTO Act will impact employers
How the AARTO Act will impact employers

South Africa experiences an alarmingly high amount of road accidents (and consequential fatalities and injuries) annually which has the effect of costing the country billions in rands every year...

By Dhevarsha Ramjettan, Kalene Watson, Shane Johnson 18 Feb 2020

The legal importance of telematics
The legal importance of telematics

There has been much furore around the soon to be implemented Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) bill with much resistance to this implementation...

17 Feb 2020

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#Sona20: Ramaphosa confirms own use generation plan

In his State of the Nation Address (Sona), President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that the regulatory environment is to be changed in order to facilitate uncapped commercial and industrial distributed generation for own use....

14 Feb 2020

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Can mines now generate their own power?

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, created a flurry of headlines when he told the Investing in African Mining Indaba that mines could generate their own electricity...

By Jason van der Poel, Mzukisi Kota & Alexandra Felekis 10 Feb 2020

Sexual offences courts' regulations finally gazetted
Sexual offences courts' regulations finally gazetted

The long awaited regulations for sexual offences courts were signed and will be gazetted this week. On Thursday, Advocate Praise Kambula from the department confirmed that the regulations had been signed but said they were yet to set a date for implementation...

By Barbara Maregele 6 Feb 2020

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Many countries regulate e-cigarettes. South Africa should too

Opinions differ on how to regulate electronic cigarettes. But dozens of countries are taking action. In Africa, Kenya already taxes these products, and South Africa is preparing to follow...

By Laura Rossouw 6 Feb 2020

What you should know about the proposed Employment Tax Incentive amendments
What you should know about the proposed Employment Tax Incentive amendments

On Tuesday 26 November 2019, a number of tax-related bills were passed by the National Assembly and are currently being deliberated by the National Council of Provinces...

3 Feb 2020

Constitution Amendment Bill submissions extended
Constitution Amendment Bill submissions extended

The Ad Hoc Committee to Initiate and Introduce Legislation Amending Section 25 of the Constitution has extended the deadline for written submissions on the Draft Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill...

31 Jan 2020

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Communities want fairer say in mining laws

Late last year, just before the December shut down period, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy released two important draft pieces of legislation for public comment...

30 Jan 2020

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Deadline to comment on land reform approaches

Interested parties have until Friday to comment on legislation amending Section 25 of the Constitution...

29 Jan 2020

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...

28 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

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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

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

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: 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

Public comment sought on draft petroleum bill
Public comment sought on draft petroleum bill

The public has until 21 February 2020 to comment on the draft Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill...

30 Dec 2019

Cabinet approves a raft of bills for public comment
Cabinet approves a raft of bills for public comment

Cabinet has approved the publication of the Municipal Fiscal Powers and Functions Amendment Bill for public comment, says Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu...

18 Dec 2019

#BestofBiz 2019: Legal
#BestofBiz 2019: Legal

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views. Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Legal site over the past year below...

17 Dec 2019

Undocumented learners must be admitted, court finds
Undocumented learners must be admitted, court finds

The Eastern Cape High Court has ruled that all learners may be conditionally admitted to public schools despite not having all documentation...

13 Dec 2019

SA cannabis industry in urgent need of inclusive legislation
SA cannabis industry in urgent need of inclusive legislation

According to the African Cannabis Report, Nigeria and South Africa stand to become the continent's highest value markets by 2023 if cannabis usage is permitted for medicinal and recreational use...

By Claudi Nortjé 12 Dec 2019

Unpacking the Property Practitioners Bill
Unpacking the Property Practitioners Bill

The Property Practitioners Bill has now been signed into law by the President but it is not yet known when the Act will come into operation...

By Simphiwe Maphumulo 11 Dec 2019

10 children's toys on the safety WATCH list for 2019
10 children's toys on the safety WATCH list for 2019

Those looking to buy children's toys for Christmas presents need to be aware that dangerous toys are for sale in store and online, many of which contain hidden hazards...

10 Dec 2019

NCOP adopts Border Management Bill
NCOP adopts Border Management Bill

Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has noted and welcomed the adoption of the Border Management Authority Bill by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP)...

4 Dec 2019

Public comment sought on carbon tax regulations
Public comment sought on carbon tax regulations

Following the coming into effect of the Carbon Tax Act, National Treasury is seeking public comment into the Draft Regulations for Trade Exposure Allowance and the Draft Regulations for the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Intensity Benchmarks...

3 Dec 2019

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