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#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

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Customer privacy is part of the experience and is critical to build trust

Paula Sartini, founder and CEO at BrandQuantum International writes that privacy management is critical, not only as a compliance tool for legal and compliance practitioners but also as a tool for building trust with customers...

By Paula Sartini 1 Oct 2020

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How tech-driven partnership marketing can fill the (imminent) direct marketing void in SA

Privacy-by-design data sharing models are set to transform partnership marketing, says Anton Grutzmacher, co-founder and chief revenue officer at Omnisient...

By Anton Grutzmacher 28 May 2020

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Popia to fuel better customer experiences for South Africans

With the Protection of Personal Information Act (Popia) planned to commence imminently, the way direct marketing is carried out and received by South African consumers is set to shift...

By Sandra Galer 14 Apr 2020

How brand blocking regulations in South Africa could lead to further job losses
How brand blocking regulations in South Africa could lead to further job losses

A legislative trend of applying branding and marketing restrictions on alcohol, junk food and sugar is gaining traction across the world and posing a threat to some of the worlds' most famous brands...

By Ron Cregan 27 Jun 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

PoPI and social media
PoPI and social media

How times have changed. Social media marketing has evolved from being a bit of fun on the side to an absolute must-have for all businesses that want to remain relevant. Social media isn't just fun and games, though: it gives you access to personal information like never before. The big question is how the rules of PoPI apply when using social media for marketing and client service platforms...

By linda graham 11 Feb 2019

#BizTrends2019: 6 trends in fintech and its regulation
#BizTrends2019: 6 trends in fintech and its regulation

The South African financial sector has been waiting with bated breath for South Africa's financial regulators to map the way forward and we expect this guidance to be forthcoming early in 2019...

By David Geral 9 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Out with the old, in with the new!
#BizTrends2019: Out with the old, in with the new!

Large corporates and multinationals are keeping a close eye on developments from the Department of Home Affairs. 2019 promises a number of changes in the Immigration Act which will impact the way business can attract and retain expat resources...

By Marisa Jacobs 8 Jan 2019

Why regulations must be in place before marijuana is legalised
Why regulations must be in place before marijuana is legalised

Should marijuana use be legalised, there are a number of concerns and questions around regulation and control that need to be addressed to ensure the safety of both users and non-users...

By Rhys Evans 5 Jul 2018

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Is your network ready for GDPR and PoPI?

Global and local legislation imposes severe penalties for firms that fail to protect their networks from DDoS attacks...

By Bryan Hamman 7 Jun 2018

The impact of GDPR on digital marketing
The impact of GDPR on digital marketing

The General Data Protection Regulation legislation is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years. As the international resident's compliance deadline was 25 May 2018, there is more emphasis than ever on using and storing data responsibly...

By Gary Meyer 5 Jun 2018

SA's new International Arbitration Bill excludes public bodies from confidentiality
SA's new International Arbitration Bill excludes public bodies from confidentiality

Contrary to other jurisdictions, the International Arbitration Bill of South Africa 2017 specifically contains a provision that excludes public bodies from the more usual confidentiality clause ie the case must be heard in public...

By Jackwell Feris 19 Jun 2017

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You are about to be banned!

Of course we all know that the advertising bans of alcohol products is getting closer and closer...

By Chris Brewer 8 May 2017

Sugar wars: Coke faces first salvo in US false advertising lawsuit
Sugar wars: Coke faces first salvo in US false advertising lawsuit

Coca-Cola's claims that their SSBs are not linked to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease will be tested in a lawsuit...

By Sharon Snell 9 Jan 2017

MOU signing - first step to regional competition authority for SADC?
MOU signing - first step to regional competition authority for SADC?

The competition authorities of Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), an important step in the direction of more effective cross border enforcement of competition laws in SADC...

By Pieter Steyn 5 Jul 2016

Potential compliance issues of new mining charter
Potential compliance issues of new mining charter

South Africa (similar to other countries endowed with mineral resources) has recognised that, except for encouraging downstream value-addition (beneficiation) in the minerals sector, policy tools and regulatory frameworks must be implemented to ensure that the extractive industry provides broader benefits to society...

By Jackwell Feris 28 Jun 2016

Tech investors scared away by strict regulatory policy
Tech investors scared away by strict regulatory policy

Overly strict regulatory policy can inhibit investment in internet companies, with governments in emerging markets needing to ensure policy does not put off tech investors...

By Tom Jackson 11 May 2016

Criminal sanctions for cartels
Criminal sanctions for cartels

As of 1 May 2016, the Competition Amendment Act (2009) comes into effect and one of its provisions makes cartel conduct a criminal offence...

By Albert Aukema 26 Apr 2016

Understanding the legalities of overtime
Understanding the legalities of overtime

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act sets out some clear, realistic laws governing overtime that all employers must heed. This legislation does a good job of balancing the rights of employees and the needs of businesses to avoid contention between employers and employees...

By Madelein Taljaard (van der Watt) 21 Apr 2016

Treasury calls for public comments on special voluntary disclosure programme
Treasury calls for public comments on special voluntary disclosure programme

On 12 April 2016, the National Treasury released a media statement in which the public is requested to make formal submissions on draft legislation that sets out the legal framework of the special voluntary disclosure programme (VDP) by 29 April 2016...

By Heinrich Louw 18 Apr 2016

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