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Putting a stop to price gouging during lockdown
Putting a stop to price gouging during lockdown

Several regulations have been gazetted to protect consumers during the State of National Disaster. One such regulation relates to the prohibition of the excessive pricing of essential goods and services. Essential goods include items such as toilet paper, hand sanitiser and disinfectant cleaners, to name a few...

By Bobedi Seleke 24 Apr 2020

Christine Rodrigues, partner and insurance law specialist Bowmans
Is lockdown bringing out the best in SA insurers?

In the weeks since South Africa's Covid-19 lockdown started, local insurers appear to be embracing the Treating Customers Fairly (TCF) principles even more so than required by law under normal conditions...

15 Apr 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

#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

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

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

Consumers deserve the right to vehicle repairs - safely and reasonably
Consumers deserve the right to vehicle repairs - safely and reasonably

The draft Right2Repair guidelines currently being finalised by the Competition Commission were always bound to provoke opposition from vested interests, citing issues varying from safety concerns to job losses...

2 Mar 2020

Nersa welcomes court decision on Eskom
Nersa welcomes court decision on Eskom

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has welcomed the decision by the High Court in Pretoria to dismiss an urgent relief sought by Eskom...

13 Feb 2020

Shoprite loses appeal, guilty of reckless credit lending
Shoprite loses appeal, guilty of reckless credit lending

Shoprite Investments Limited has lost its appeal against the National Consumer Tribunal's ruling that it recklessly granted credit. The retail giant's appeal was dismissed with costs by the Pretoria High Court on 18 December 2019.

15 Jan 2020

#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

Exorbitant data costs - and other market inquiry findings
Exorbitant data costs - and other market inquiry findings

On Monday, 2 December 2019, the Competition Commission published the final report in relation to its Data Services Market Inquiry. The inquiry was initiated in August 2017 in response to persistent concerns from the public over high data prices...

By Lerisha Naidu, Ryan McKerrow and Kirsty Gibson 4 Dec 2019

Join the modern workplace with Microsoft Office 365 and Tarsus on Demand
Join the modern workplace with Microsoft Office 365 and Tarsus on Demand

Is tiresome admin pulling you away from business growth? Is client communication taking up too much of your time? This single software suite can help you automate your administrative tasks and communication to claim back your lost time...

Issued by Microsoft 2 Dec 2019

Ford fined R35 million for Kuga debacle
Ford fined R35 million for Kuga debacle

The Ford Motor Company of South Africa (FMCSA) has been fined an administrative fine of R35 million for the incidents in which the company's Kuga 1.6 model caught fire...

2 Dec 2019

Innovation required to win war against counterfeits
Innovation required to win war against counterfeits

When it comes to fraud, the impact of the production and sale of counterfeit goods is just as detrimental to the economy as cyber crime and identity theft...

21 Nov 2019

Court to hear CoCT's plea to buy power from sources other than Eskom
Court to hear CoCT's plea to buy power from sources other than Eskom

On 11 and 12 May 2020, the City of Cape Town will ask the Court for a declaratory order that will enable it to choose the type of power that it provides. Currently, it is determined that the City must procure its electricity from Eskom...

15 Nov 2019

Deconstructing the Housing Consumer Protection Draft Bill
Deconstructing the Housing Consumer Protection Draft Bill

In terms of Government Gazette dated 30 August 2019, the Minister for Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation published the Housing Consumer Protection Draft Bill, 2019 which, if promulgated, will repeal the existing Housing Consumer Protection Measures Act No 95 of 1998...

By Simphiwe Maphumulo 7 Nov 2019

Alastair Tempest and Mpho Sekwele from EFSA.
EFSA launches Africa's first e-commerce Trustmark

The Ecommerce Forum South Africa has launched its Safe.Shop Trustmark. The EFSA provides the Trustmark badge to e-commerce platforms that have been confirmed as being compliant...

24 Oct 2019

Passing cost increases onto tenants - can/should it be done?
Passing cost increases onto tenants - can/should it be done?

Landlords can incur cost increases as a result of municipality property valuations escalating rates, rising insurance premiums, or as levies increase on sectional title property...

7 Oct 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Oct 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019
Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 27 Sep 2019

What a (debt) relief...
What a (debt) relief...

The new National Credit Amendment Act has received significant criticism, especially from the banking sector in South Africa, which has suggested that not only will it be harmful to consumers, but it will also be detrimental to the South African credit market in general...

By John Bell, Rui Lopes and Lara Stockley 19 Sep 2019

Credit providers: Setting it off
Credit providers: Setting it off

For many years, it has been a common practice for both banks and other financial institutions to exercise their common law rights of set-off in instances where a credit provider is both owing a debt to an individual and is owed a debt by the same individual. However, a recent decision has thrown the proverbial spanner in the works...

By Rui Lopes and Michael Collett 19 Aug 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Jul 2019

Nomsa Motshegare
Child grants aren't income when applying for credit

The National Consumer Tribunal (NCT) has handed down judgement against Aristoscan CC, a micro lender trading as JMK Cash Loans...

18 Jul 2019

Adams & Adams Africa Update now available
Adams & Adams Africa Update now available

The 2019 issue of the Adams & Adams Africa Update is now available to download...

5 Jul 2019

Nomsa Motshegare, chief executive officer of the NCR
High Court rules in favour of the NCR on common law set-off

The High Court in Johannesburg has ruled in favour of the National Credit Regulator (NCR) against Standard Bank that the common law set-off does not apply to credit agreements subject to the National Credit Act (NCA).

2 Jul 2019

SA motor code a step closer to becoming law
SA motor code a step closer to becoming law

After hearing over 80 stakeholders' viewpoints regarding anti-competitive behaviour in the automotive industry, the Competition Commission has commendably decided to take a draft motor code one step further by seeking to implement it in law.

By Filum Ho 28 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

Finalising new DMASA Code of Practice
Finalising new DMASA Code of Practice

The Direct Marketing Association of South Africa (DMASA) has announced that its updated Code of Practice is in the process of finalisation...

15 Apr 2019

Tribunal orders Volkwagen to refund consumer fees
Tribunal orders Volkwagen to refund consumer fees

The National Consumer Tribunal has instructed Volkswagen Financial Services South Africa to refund consumers for on-the-road, admin and handling fees on credit agreements...

9 Apr 2019

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