Medical practice: The minefield of saving lives
Medical practice: The minefield of saving lives

The recent move to charge a medical practitioner with murder rather than culpable homicide for the death of a patient after surgery is alarming, because it could deter innovation and new entrants to the profession...

By Merlita Kennedy & Jared Ishmael 5 Feb 2021

#BizTrends2021: Key industry group trends in post-pandemic Africa
#BizTrends2021: Key industry group trends in post-pandemic Africa

In the midst of the planetary emergency of climate change, Covid-19 is testing modern civilisation's preparedness for shocks, across the spheres of finance, economics and technology; global, national and regional governance; global and population health; social cohesion and food security. This is according to Baker McKenzie's new report, Unprecedented: Converging Crises...

By Wildu du Plessis 6 Jan 2021

#BestofBiz 2020: Legal
#BestofBiz 2020: Legal

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2020 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...

14 Dec 2020

Ethical and legal guidelines for telemedicine
Ethical and legal guidelines for telemedicine

In a world caught in the middle of the Covid-19 storm, telemedicine has proven its worth in the medical professional's toolkit this year...

By Vanessa Rogers 25 Nov 2020

How complaints against professionals can turn and bite back
How complaints against professionals can turn and bite back

The case of Holden v Assmang Limited (5 November 2020) concerned the issue of malicious proceedings brought against a professional before the professional's own professional regulatory body...

By Merlita Kennedy 18 Nov 2020

Path to regulatory approval of the Covid-19 vaccine in SA
Path to regulatory approval of the Covid-19 vaccine in SA

The ongoing, global Covid-19 pandemic has led to an obvious need for clarity regarding the regulatory approvals that must be satisfied before a vaccine can be rolled out...

By Zareenah Rasool, Rui Lopes and Darryl Bernstein 11 Nov 2020

Bizcommunity and NSP Consultants congratulate BizListing winners!
Bizcommunity and NSP Consultants congratulate BizListing winners!

Congratulations to the SME companies who have won full-page BizListing entries in Bizcommunity's business directory...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 26 Oct 2020

Who is responsible? AI vs corporate governance and SA law
Who is responsible? AI vs corporate governance and SA law

Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming more popular and powerful. Its application is gaining preference in everyday used processes and operations. It uses algorithms that require less human monitoring and supervision. This brings into question the issue of responsibilities and accountability for such decisions...

By Russel Mulamula and Dr Simo Lushaba 1 Oct 2020

Case law insights advancing the rule of law
Case law insights advancing the rule of law

Understanding and reviewing Case Law is an important aspect of the administration of justice and upholding of the Rule of Law...

Issued by LexisNexis 28 Sep 2020

Mthokozisi Maphumulo, associate and litigation attorney, Adams and Adams
Will medical negligence cases spike post Covid-19?

South African courts already see a large number of medical malpractice/negligence cases every day. Now, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, our already stretched health system is at capacity...

By Mthokozisi Maphumulo 17 Sep 2020

VUT establishes new law clinic
VUT establishes new law clinic

The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) has succeeded in implementing an uplifting and exciting initiative - a law clinic situated at the VUT Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park (VUT SGSTP) in Sebokeng...

By Nontobeko Zondi, Issued by Vaal University of Technology 19 Aug 2020

Effective healthcare in SA faces new set of obstacles
Effective healthcare in SA faces new set of obstacles

Recent legal actions against practising medical professionals may deter new entrants and cause experienced practitioners to retire, which has dire consequences for effective healthcare delivery in SA...

By Merlita Kennedy, Victoria Campos and Jared Ishmael 3 Aug 2020

Medical malpractice and culpable homicide - the cost of a mistake
Medical malpractice and culpable homicide - the cost of a mistake

There is overwhelming pride and joy in graduating with a medical degree. There are also many challenges for an aspiring doctor, and one of which is understanding the legal implications of professional negligence...

By Samantha Varela 31 Jul 2020

New technologies are helping people to choose when and how to have children. MidoSemSem/Shutterstock
New technologies mean states must reconsider what 'reproductive rights' are

A number of technological advances have revolutionised human reproduction in the past few decades. One example is in vitro fertilisation (IVF), the process of fertilising a woman's eggs with a man's sperm in the laboratory...

By Bonginkosi Shozi 23 Jul 2020

Changes to the scheduling of cannabis, THC and CBD explained
Changes to the scheduling of cannabis, THC and CBD explained

The Schedules to the Medicines and Related Substances Act, 1965 (Medicines Act), relating specifically to cannabis and some of its components (ie. cannabinoids), have, since 22 May 2020, officially been amended...

By Martha Burnett and Roxanne Gilbert 4 Jun 2020

A health worker drags an electrocardiograph at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg.
Michele SpatariI/AFP via Getty Images
How South Africa's health system could take a hit from pandemic lawsuits

As the Covid-19 pandemic spreads around the world, there's been an outpouring of gratitude and support for healthcare professionals...

By Keymanthri Moodley & Anita Kleinsmidt 22 May 2020

Discovery, Liberty and "group wrong"
Discovery, Liberty and "group wrong"

Discovery Ltd (Discovery) is the sole shareholder of two companies: Discovery Life and Discovery Vitality (all three parties were the applicants). Discovery Life offers insurance and related cover, while Discover Vitality is primarily a wellness and rewards programme...

By Clea Rawlins 11 May 2020

Navigating through the cloud of cannabis legislation in South Africa
Navigating through the cloud of cannabis legislation in South Africa

Currently, South Africa is one of only three African countries that permit the cultivation of medical cannabis. A licence for cannabis production can be obtained, but the processes for its provision are stringent...

By Rui Lopes and Darryl Bernstein 21 Apr 2020

Stephanie Esterhuyse, consultant, litigation practice, Bowmans.
Tech closes the distance between telemedicine and consent

Covid-19 has exposed several contradictions in regulations about how healthcare professionals can practise telemedicine while still obtaining patients' informed consent - in writing, Technology has provided a solution...

20 Apr 2020

Joint hearing into Life Esidimeni to be conducted
Joint hearing into Life Esidimeni to be conducted

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has agreed to the National Prosecuting Authority's request that a joint hearing be conducted into the Life Esidimeni deaths...

6 Feb 2020



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