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Have your say on GBV Bills
Have your say on GBV BillsArticle

Parliament has urged all South Africans to participate in the public consultation process to strengthen the current draft legislation dealing with gender-based violence (GBV)...

2 days ago

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

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...

Mthokozisi Maphumulo 3 days ago

Be cautious when claiming tax allowances for future contractual expenditure
Be cautious when claiming tax allowances for future contractual expenditureArticle

Many taxpayers have made use of Section 24C of the Income Tax Act which allows for the holding over of income received in the present year that is due to be used on expenses in the following year...

16 Sep 2020

What's the limit for free speech? Concourt to hear Qwelane case
What's the limit for free speech? Concourt to hear Qwelane caseArticle

Civil society organisations have made court submissions on both sides of the debate...

Tania Broughton 16 Sep 2020

Court ruling in water pollution case
Court ruling in water pollution caseArticle

The Department of Water and Sanitation has welcomed a court order issued against the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality to refrain from polluting water resources...

14 Sep 2020

ConCourt judgment clarifies contractual fairness
ConCourt judgment clarifies contractual fairnessArticle

An issue, which has been shrouded in uncertainty in South African contract law, is when courts may refuse to enforce valid contractual terms on the basis that it considers that enforcement would be unfair, unreasonable or unduly harsh. The Constitutional Court in the case of Beadica 231 CC and Others v Trustees for the time being of Oregon Trust, has finally offered some clarity...

Rishal Bipraj 11 Sep 2020

Oudtshoorn court closed for not following Covid-19 rules
Oudtshoorn court closed for not following Covid-19 rulesArticle

The Department of Employment and Labour in the Western Cape has closed the Oudtshoorn Magistrate Court for not complying with Covid-19 regulations...

11 Sep 2020

Exclusive: Judge President Monica Leauuw speaks to media, she opens up to You FM on Women's Month
Exclusive: Judge President Monica Leauuw speaks to media, she opens up to You FM on Women's MonthArticle

She has avoided the media for over 40 years while climbing the legal ranks spanning two contrasting governments and now holds the highest judicial seat in the North West. The first woman Judge President has made history again, but this time her own personal best...

Issued by You FM 8 Sep 2020

Broll Property Group secures Rwenzori Towers, Courts & House property management contracts
Broll Property Group secures Rwenzori Towers, Courts & House property management contractsArticle

Broll Property Group has added another high-profile client to its Ugandan portfolio by securing the property and facilities management contracts for Rwenzori Towers, Rwenzori Courts, and Rwenzori House in Uganda...

Issued by Broll Property Group 4 Sep 2020

Law enforcement probes Covid-19 relief fund management
Law enforcement probes Covid-19 relief fund managementArticle

Law enforcement agencies are working together to probe the breaches of the Covid-19 Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (TERS)...

3 Sep 2020

Financial trouble looms for sectional titles with levies in arrears
Financial trouble looms for sectional titles with levies in arrearsArticle

According to Andrew Schaefer, MD of property management company Trafalgar, scores of sectional title (ST) schemes and home owners' associations (HOAs) are going to be in financial trouble soon if owners don't start making up the levy payments deferred...

31 Aug 2020

Graeme Palmer
When deposits become taxableArticle

Many different types of deposits are received in the ordinary course of business, such as rental, sale, building and security deposits to name a few...

Graeme Palmer 21 Aug 2020

The importance of an expeditious and reasoned judgment
The importance of an expeditious and reasoned judgmentArticle

Court orders handed down long after the conclusion of a hearing - up to two years' later in some cases - or delivered without the judge providing reasons for the decision

Henri Strydom 20 Aug 2020

VUT establishes new law clinic
VUT establishes new law clinicArticle

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...

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

The Constitutional Court is failing to meet the three month target for handing down reserved judgments. Archive photo: Ashraf Hendricks
Concourt efficiency is decliningArticle

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has decreed that all judges must attempt to hand down reserved judgements within three months...

Tania Broughton 19 Aug 2020

A home repossession is a last resort for Absa
A home repossession is a last resort for AbsaArticle

One of the emerging fears of those whose financial status has been seriously impacted by lockdown, is having their home repossessed by the bond holder...

Kerry Dimmer, Issued by Private Property South Africa 17 Aug 2020

The best interests of the child require detention to be used as a last resort. Shutterstock
How South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe measure up on child offendersArticle

Around the world, hundreds of thousands of children are not free. They are deprived of their liberty in settings such as migration holding camps and criminal justice processes.

Rongedzayi Fambasayi & Admark Moyo 13 Aug 2020

A volume of the Law of Kenya sits on a judge’s desk during trial. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images
Kenya is struggling to deliver justice online: what needs to be doneArticle

Kenya ordered the closure of courtrooms to the public in April in keeping with government measures to limit gatherings and mitigate the spread of Covid-19...

Mercy Muendo 12 Aug 2020

Thuli Madonsela
#WomensMonth: We need a different approach to justice - Thuli MadonselaArticle

Thuli Madonsela, Law Trust Chair in Social Justice and law professor at the University of Stellenbosch says South Africa needs a different approach to justice that is not so reliant on the legal system to balance the scales...

12 Aug 2020

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

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...

Merlita Kennedy, Victoria Campos and Jared Ishmael 3 Aug 2020

Public comment sought on Victim Support Services Bill
Public comment sought on Victim Support Services BillArticle

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has called on South Africans and organisations, particularly those involved the fight against gender-based violence, to comment on the Victim Support Services Bill (VSS)...

31 Jul 2020

SA ruling on Covid-19 business interruption insurance influences UK regulator
SA ruling on Covid-19 business interruption insurance influences UK regulatorArticle

While South Africa's courts and regulators often turn to foreign law for guidance, the roles have been reversed for once. In a test case for Covid-19-related business interruption insurance claims in the United Kingdom (UK), its Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is being influenced by a recent court judgment in South Africa...

29 Jul 2020

How to respond to Cape Town's surge in land occupations
How to respond to Cape Town's surge in land occupationsArticle

Cape Town has its hands full with land occupations. Fiery commentary from the national minister of human settlements, mayco member for human settlements and mayor emphasises the need to protect public and private land...

Adi Kumar 28 Jul 2020

#CreateChange Loeries partnership with Tractor showcases digital OOH innovation
#CreateChange Loeries partnership with Tractor showcases digital OOH innovationArticle

The Loeries Company and Tractor Outdoor have partnered to showcase the strength of out of home (OOH) and digital out-of-home media (DOOH) in Africa and Middle East...

Issued by Loeries 28 Jul 2020

District Six: This time the bulldozers are there to build houses
District Six: This time the bulldozers are there to build housesArticle

Work on the final phases of the District Six restitution project has begun. The national Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development is having the ground cleared and rubble removal as mandated by the courts...

James Stent 27 Jul 2020

Privacy concerns around the use of empathic media
Privacy concerns around the use of empathic mediaArticle

New technologies are providing marketers with the ability to receive sensory feedback, which could be used to interpret emotional responses to marketing stimuli. Such systems broadly fall into private and public systems, both of which influence their legal interpretation...

Ashlin Perumall 24 Jul 2020

New bill to enable victims to apply for protection order online
New bill to enable victims to apply for protection order onlineArticle

Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Ronald Lamola says the department will introduce a new bill that will enable victims of gender-based violence to apply for a protection order online...

24 Jul 2020

How the business rescue process works
How the business rescue process worksArticle

Are you or your clients facing business collapse? The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) explores practical options relating to the business rescue process and turnaround interventions...

Issued by SAICA 20 Jul 2020

Courts thwart king's attempt to control land
Courts thwart king's attempt to control landArticle

An attempt by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's Ingonyama Trust to take control of thousands of hectares of land worth almost R1-billion, which was awarded to several communities in the greater Mthonjaneni (Melmoth) area as land restitution, has been thwarted by the courts...

Tania Broughton 17 Jul 2020

Distressed M&A: You do not have to sell cheaply, but you must move quickly - Part 1
Distressed M&A: You do not have to sell cheaply, but you must move quickly - Part 1Article

While it is too early to know the full impact of Covid-19 on the economy, we are seeing that lockdown restrictions in South Africa are starting to have a significant impact on the bottom line of a number of companies...

Tony Lee and Justin Balkin 15 Jul 2020

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Insurers to pay restaurant business interruption claims: What that means for the hospitality industryArticle

Judge Andre le Grange has ordered insurer Guardrisk to pay out a Cape Town restaurant's business interruption claim to the applicants, Café Chameleon...

10 Jul 2020

Consumer protection: Why online contracts need to be regulated
Consumer protection: Why online contracts need to be regulatedArticle

Almost every time you browse a website, click the "accept" icon or download software, you are concluding an online contract ? a non-negotiated contract such as the terms and conditions regulating the use of websites or the privacy policies of online suppliers...

Dr Alec Basson 6 Jul 2020

Possible insurance lifelines for struggling business owners as a result of the lockdown
Possible insurance lifelines for struggling business owners as a result of the lockdownArticle

Several weeks into the lockdown, business owners and their workforce are experiencing the devastating economic impact of the crisis. With no end in sight, many of these businesses will sadly not survive the lockdown...

Jean-Paul Rudd, Issued by Adams & Adams 6 Jul 2020

Why smaller fast food outlets are part of SA's future
Why smaller fast food outlets are part of SA's futureArticle

An analysis of the South African fast food industry in 2019 showed that there was opportunity for the continued expansion of fast food outlets but that the market was beginning to saturate...

Craig Schwabe 3 Jul 2020

Level 3 lockdown: Eviction process protects tenants, but landlords still have rights
Level 3 lockdown: Eviction process protects tenants, but landlords still have rightsArticle

The Covid-19 crisis and the resulting lockdowns has impacted many financially. Some have been placed on unpaid leave, while others have been informed of a reduction in salary or completely lost all income...

1 Jul 2020

Innovative protocol developed for virtual arbitration hearings in Africa
Innovative protocol developed for virtual arbitration hearings in AfricaArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the way in which disputes are being resolved around the world. In most countries, courts and arbitral bodies have been forced to take measures to prevent or limit the spread of Covid-19. This has included encouraging parties to make use of virtual hearings where possible...

Jackie Lafleur 25 Jun 2020

The French mobile phone application StopCovid, developed to trace people who test positive with Covid-19. Chesnot/Getty Images
Balancing privacy with public health: how well is South Africa doing?Article

Covid-19 spreads from person to person through droplet and contact transmission. That's why contact tracing and quarantining have been included as one approach to control the spread of the virus...

Michael Sean Pepper & Marietjie Botes 25 Jun 2020

Steel producer fined R3.6m for contravening sections of Air Quality Act
Steel producer fined R3.6m for contravening sections of Air Quality ActArticle

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has welcomed a R3.6m fine handed to a major steel-producing company after it admitted to contravening sections of the Air Quality Act...

18 Jun 2020

Private schools must give fair hearings before kicking children out, rules Concourt
Private schools must give fair hearings before kicking children out, rules ConcourtArticle

The Constitutional Court has ruled that private (or independent) schools may no longer rely on contracts with parents as the basis for kicking children out of school without a fair hearing...

Tania Broughton 18 Jun 2020

#YouthMonth: Resource Compass to help youth during Covid-19
#YouthMonth: Resource Compass to help youth during Covid-19Article

Global law firm Baker McKenzie has partnered with organisations including the Centre for International Rights to create the Youth Rights Resource Compass, a website that directs young people, as well as those who advocate for them, to the entities, organisations, governmental and other agencies that are open and available to them during Covid-19...

17 Jun 2020

Alternatives to dismissal - contemplating retrenchments post Covid-19
Alternatives to dismissal - contemplating retrenchments post Covid-19Article

The issue of when an employer should explore alternatives to retrenchment has never been more relevant than now, as businesses begin to respond to the impacts of Covid-19 on their operations...

Johan Botes 15 Jun 2020

Minerals and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe
Environmentalist groups reminds minister of nuclear procurement proceduresArticle

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) recently indicated that it will immediately be commencing with the procurement process for a 2500MW new nuclear power programme...

11 Jun 2020

SA's franchise industry begins long road to recovery
SA's franchise industry begins long road to recoveryArticle

From negotiating rental relief with landlords and royalty fees with franchisors to asking for relaxed loan repayments with banks, franchise operators continue their battle to survive the lockdown...

11 Jun 2020

How insurers are turning their backs on the tourism industry
How insurers are turning their backs on the tourism industryArticle

The South African tourism and hospitality sector is facing an imminent sustainability crisis as insurance companies are rejecting claims related to the Covid-19 pandemic, for which many policyholders believe they are covered under their Business Interruption extension...

10 Jun 2020

R14m defamation case between Australian miners and critics will make legal history
R14m defamation case between Australian miners and critics will make legal historyArticle

South African legal history will be made in the Cape High Court on Tuesday [today] where the first part of novel litigation involving a R14.25m defamation suit by mining interests against activists has been set down for hearing. The defendants argue that it is a 'SLAPP' suit...

John Yeld 9 Jun 2020

Victoria Falls viewed from Zambia. A case brought by Zambian farmers in UK courts could have international implications. FCG / shutterstock
Can UK fossil fuel companies now be held accountable for contributing to climate change overseas?Article

A ruling by the UK Supreme Court could have huge implications for British companies accused of environmental damage overseas...

Sam Varvastian 2 Jun 2020

Covid-19: Emergency measures and investor-state arbitration claims
Covid-19: Emergency measures and investor-state arbitration claimsArticle

The unprecedented nature of the Covid-19 pandemic has re-kindled debates around the appropriateness of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in bi- and multi-lateral investment treaties...

Sarah McKenzie and Chandni Gopal 27 May 2020

Looking to science for food security solutions
Looking to science for food security solutionsArticle

Considering the IP and legal implications of gene editing...

Chyreene Truluck 27 May 2020

Openview, now powered by 2 million homes
Openview, now powered by 2 million homesArticle

In the highly competitive, content-driven space of providing world-class entertainment to South African's whose power of choice is more diverse than ever, two million households have chosen Openview as their go-to viewing option...

Issued by eMedia 27 May 2020

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