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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...

3 days ago

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...

3 days ago

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

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

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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

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

Have your say on CAS Bill, GBV Policy Framework
Have your say on CAS Bill, GBV Policy Framework

Members of the public and interested organisations are reminded of the looming deadlines for public comments on the Central Application Service (CAS) Bill and the Draft Policy Framework to address gender-based violence (GBV) in the Post-School Education and Training (PSET) System...

24 May 2019

Kate Collier
New guideline on medico-legal investigations of mine deaths

A new guideline published by the chief inspector of mines aims to provide clarity on the process when the cause of a death on a mine is immediately unclear...

By Kate Collier 20 May 2019

Have your say on draft B-BBEE sector code
Have your say on draft B-BBEE sector code

The public can have their say on the draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Chartered Accountancy Sector Code...

15 May 2019

Legislation can guard against political interference and maladministration. Bakhtiar Zein/Shutterstock
Stronger laws can keep politicians from meddling in financial decisions

For governments to function optimally, there must be a good relationship between politicians and administrators. This "political-administrative interface" is a key theme of public administration, both in theory and in practice...

By Tania Ajam 13 May 2019

17 home builders deregistered for various contraventions
17 home builders deregistered for various contraventions

Seventeen contractors and builders have been deregistered from the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) database of approved homebuilders for contravening the Housing Consumers Protection Measures (HCPMA) Act...

30 Apr 2019

Comments invited on Draft Central Application Service Bill
Comments invited on Draft Central Application Service Bill

Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Naledi Pandor has invited the public to submit comments on the draft bill to support students' access to post-school opportunities and make informed choices...

24 Apr 2019

SAQA welcomes NQF Amendment Bill
SAQA welcomes NQF Amendment Bill

The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has commended the role players who have worked to get the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Amendment Bill through Parliamentary processes...

16 Apr 2019

Butsi Tladi, MD of Alexander Forbes Health
Cofi Bill brings down regulatory siloes for medical scheme customers

Healthcare sector stakeholders have long advocated for a single regulator, believing that the current dual framework creates a regulatory arbitrage not conducive to offering the consumer maximum protection...

10 Apr 2019

AARTO Bill ready to be signed by the President
AARTO Bill ready to be signed by the President

The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (AARTO) Amendment Bill has been passed by Parliament and is now ready to be signed into law by the President...

9 Apr 2019

IEC postpones implementation of Political Party Funding Act
IEC postpones implementation of Political Party Funding Act

The Electoral Commission (IEC) has decided to postpone the implementation of the Political Party Funding Act...

4 Apr 2019

Revised Carbon Tax Bill introduced to Parliament
Revised Carbon Tax Bill introduced to Parliament

Last week the minister of finance introduced the revised Carbon Tax Bill (Bill) to Parliament, which aims to give effect to South Africa's objectives and commitments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions...

By Gillian Niven & Nirvasha Singh 2 Apr 2019

National law now prevents city from giving rates rebates to some NPOs, PBOs
National law now prevents city from giving rates rebates to some NPOs, PBOs

Due to changes in national legislation certain non-profit organisations (NPOs) and public benefit organisations (PBOs) who in the past could qualify for rates rebates will no longer be able to access this assistance...

2 Apr 2019

PoPI, social media and influencers
PoPI, social media and influencers

What we all should know and how to make your business compliant...

By Johanna McDowell 1 Apr 2019

Your payroll provider might be compliant, but are they honest and transparent?
Your payroll provider might be compliant, but are they honest and transparent?

Today, more and more businesses are confidently outsourcing business functions, or parts thereof to service providers whom they trust to do the job faster, more affordably, and more effectively than they can themselves. Payroll and HR is no exception to the trend...

By Warren van Wyk 1 Apr 2019

Key judgement secures renewable IPP contracts with Eskom
Key judgement secures renewable IPP contracts with Eskom

The Pretoria High Court has dismissed a declarator and interdict application brought by the Coal Transporters Forum (CTF) to set aside the power purchase agreements...

By Michael Evans & Megan Adderley 28 Mar 2019

Roger Baxter, CEO, Minerals Council
Minerals Council files for judicial review of Mining Charter clauses

The Minerals Council South Africa says that despite ongoing attempts to reach a compromise with the minister of energy, it has filed an application for judicial review to set aside certain clauses in the 2018 Mining Charter...

28 Mar 2019

Whether it's R1 or R1m - you have to be registered when lending money with interest
Whether it's R1 or R1m - you have to be registered when lending money with interest

The fall out between an elderly couple and their business partner, and the consequent lengthy legal battle, led to an interesting situation for anyone borrowing or lending money in South Africa...

By Lamis Adam 26 Mar 2019

Several bills get green light from National Assembly
Several bills get green light from National Assembly

As the fifth Parliament concludes its work in the next few weeks, it is pushing ahead by passing essential laws which are in line with the Constitution's values...

20 Mar 2019

How the BELA Bill could affect home education learners
How the BELA Bill could affect home education learners

Education officials are still finalising the Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA) Bill, which is set to include some changes to the home education landscape in South Africa. This will particularly affect home education learners between the ages of seven and 15 years old...

By Professor Rita Niemann 19 Mar 2019

Can loot box systems be classified as gambling?
Can loot box systems be classified as gambling?

Whenever you think about gambling, you usually imagine yourself hitting the jackpot at a slot machine in the casino. However, what if gambling covered more than just a chance at winning a tangible prize? Does South African law recognise the possibility of gambling for virtual-items?

By Sergio dos Santos 19 Mar 2019

When academic writing no longer pays, writing stops
When academic writing no longer pays, writing stops

The Copyright Amendment Bill in its current form will undermine the quality of higher education in South Africa...

By Prof Sihawukele Ngubane 15 Mar 2019

National Assembly approves Division of Revenue Bill
National Assembly approves Division of Revenue Bill

The National Assembly has approved the Division of Revenue Bill and the Financial Matters Amendment Bill...

14 Mar 2019

Bridget King, director, finance & banking at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
New financial law aligns SA with global markets

The revised draft of the Financial Matters Amendment Bill contains an update of the South African Insolvency Act, aligning it with the new laws that regulate the trading of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives.

14 Mar 2019

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