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Total declares force majeure on Mozambique LNG projectArticle

In a serious blow to Mozambique's economic revitalisation hopes, Total has declared a force majeure and suspended its $20bn liquefied natural gas (LNG) project...

28 Apr 2021

Concrete, cement additive suppliers facing severe pressure as demand soars
Concrete, cement additive suppliers facing severe pressure as demand soarsArticle

According to Norman Seymore, CEO of the Chryso Southern Africa Group, local concrete and cement additive suppliers are under severe production pressures...

15 Apr 2021

MDA Attorneys notes lack of clauses dealing with pandemic in construction tenders, contracts
MDA Attorneys notes lack of clauses dealing with pandemic in construction tenders, contractsArticle

In view of the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, parties who commission work (employers) may be faced with time and additional money...

10 Feb 2021

#BestofBiz 2020: Legal
#BestofBiz 2020: LegalArticle

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...

11 Dec 2020

Construction contracts - managing risks during the Covid-19 pandemic
Construction contracts - managing risks during the Covid-19 pandemicArticle

Earlier this year, we published an article discussing some of the key considerations for the construction industry during the global Covid-19 pandemic...

Wihan Meintjes 6 Nov 2020

How to protect your IP rights during the Covid-19 pandemic
How to protect your IP rights during the Covid-19 pandemicArticle

As Daniel Kahneman observed in his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, there are two principal modes of human thinking. In a crisis, like our current one, our instinct is to think fast, simplify and leap to conclusions. But when we do this, we tend to rush, and by rushing we risk neglecting the all-important slow thinking, reflecting and anticipating...

Kay Rickelman 25 Sep 2020

No work, no pay: the Covid-19 salary crisis
No work, no pay: the Covid-19 salary crisisArticle

Companies have been facing tough decisions over the past few months, particularly those with employees who cannot work during the crisis...

16 Sep 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

7 changes to construction contracts due to Covid-19
7 changes to construction contracts due to Covid-19Article

Prior to Covid-19 becoming a global reality, few existing contracts had appropriate provisions for its impact, specifically in the construction sector...

28 Jul 2020

M&A in Africa: Bleak skies overhead, but the future looks brighter - Part 1
M&A in Africa: Bleak skies overhead, but the future looks brighter - Part 1Article

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have decreased across Africa in the first half of 2020 in terms of both volume and value, with some exceptions. Going forward, dark clouds remain over the M&A market in Africa in the short-term, but recent developments brighten the continent's prospects for medium-term recovery...

17 Jul 2020

Ongoing Covid-19 pandemic forces Splashy Fen to cancel 2020 festival
Ongoing Covid-19 pandemic forces Splashy Fen to cancel 2020 festivalArticle

Following the initial outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa, the Splashy Fen Music Festival postponed the date for its 31st edition to September 2020...

6 Jul 2020

#LockdownLessons: Communication and the importance of the human connection
#LockdownLessons: Communication and the importance of the human connectionArticle

Paul Gerard, MD of Flanagan & Gerard, shares his experience of the current Covid-19 crisis and how his organisation is navigating these unusual times...

Sindy Peters 11 Jun 2020

Construction industry overcoming Covid-19 challenges of being back at work
Construction industry overcoming Covid-19 challenges of being back at workArticle

With the entire construction industry allowed back at work from 1 June, in line with the implementation of Level 3 lockdown, many companies were caught by surprise...

9 Jun 2020

Covid-19 delays, compliance - contractors may not need to bear full cost
Covid-19 delays, compliance - contractors may not need to bear full costArticle

Contractors may be able to recover some of the delays incurred and cost of implementing new health and safety measures...

8 Jun 2020

Fulfilling contractual obligations - when force majeure applies, and when it doesn't
Fulfilling contractual obligations - when force majeure applies, and when it doesn'tArticle

What is "force majeure" and when does it apply? Advocate Christo Erasmus, head of legal at Bidvest International Logistics explains...

3 Jun 2020

Lockdown forcing construction sector to think more strategically about tech adoption
Lockdown forcing construction sector to think more strategically about tech adoptionArticle

According to the results of a survey conducted by Construction Computer Software, the lockdown has compelled the construction industry to think more strategically about the adoption of technology...

21 May 2020

Rebecca Major
A perfect stormArticle

In spite of the current economic, political and sanitary climate, we are seeing, and expect to continue to see, merger and acquisitions (M&A) deals in Africa's oil and gas industry...

Rebecca Major 15 May 2020

New Angolan budgetary restrictions underline government's determination to support Opec
New Angolan budgetary restrictions underline government's determination to support OpecArticle

Angola has suspended all contracts signed under the public investment programme where a source of funding has not yet been definitively secured.

13 May 2020

Sappi announces financial results for 2nd quarter, responds to impact from Covid-19
Sappi announces financial results for 2nd quarter, responds to impact from Covid-19Article

Sappi has announced its financial results for the second quarter along with its response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and its outlook for the rest of the year...

Issued by Sappi 7 May 2020

Interpretation and impossibility: What you really mean(t to achieve)
Interpretation and impossibility: What you really mean(t to achieve)Article

In a recent Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment, the SCA decided on whether the label attached to, and the terminology used in, a contract determined its nature and, if so, what the consequence would be in the context of impossibility of performance...

JJ van der Walt with John Bell 7 May 2020

Big standoff between retailers and landlords looms
Big standoff between retailers and landlords loomsArticle

Shopping centres and large retail outlets are bleeding. With most having to keep their doors closed during the lockdown period, revenue has slowed to a trickle...

Kagiso Mahlangu 7 May 2020

Oneyka Ojogbo
Mitigating risks in the current oil industry crisisArticle

The compounding effects of coronavirus and oil industry disruptions pose unique and significant challenges, particularly on the African continent where the economies of producing countries are largely dependent on oil revenues...

Oneyka Ojogbo 6 May 2020

Covid-19: Evictions during and after lockdown
Covid-19: Evictions during and after lockdownArticle

Many businesses are currently struggling financially during the Covid-19 lockdown which has created difficulties for businesses, among other things, to pay rent...

Galia Bloch 30 Apr 2020

Covid-19 and its impact on loans and real estate arrangements
Covid-19 and its impact on loans and real estate arrangementsArticle

In the wake of the spread of the Covid-19 global pandemic, the real estate and loan markets in Kenya are bound to be affected...

Loice Erambo 29 Apr 2020

Effect of Covid-19 on property sale agreements
Effect of Covid-19 on property sale agreementsArticle

In light of the impact Covid-19 has had on jobs and the economy, many individuals and companies are concerned about whether they will be in a position to fulfil their obligations in terms of contracts of sale they may have entered into or intended concluding...

Shaaheda Hoosein 28 Apr 2020

Landlord-tenant collaboration key to continuity in retail property sector
Landlord-tenant collaboration key to continuity in retail property sectorArticle

Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the lockdown, the retail sector is stacking up to be the hardest hit by Covid-19 in the short term...

Ridwaan Loonat 24 Apr 2020

Managing a company during Covid-19: SA directors and their duties
Managing a company during Covid-19: SA directors and their dutiesArticle

The effects of Covid-19 on the economy has led to many companies facing the possibility of being declared financially distressed. The mounting pressure on directors to appropriately fulfil their duties in response to this crisis will continue into the foreseeable future...

Stephen Kennedy-Good and Ally Chalwin-Milton 23 Apr 2020

SA wine in the time of coronavirus: A case of adapt or die
SA wine in the time of coronavirus: A case of adapt or dieArticle

The news of a lockdown at the end of March 2020 hit everyone like one too many glasses of plonk. In between fast emptying shelves and widespread price gouging, the wine industry waited with bated breath as news changed daily. And then, it was announced that nothing could move - for three whole weeks, and then another two. Now what?

Kristen Duff and Gosia Young 22 Apr 2020

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South Africa's mining sector in lockdown & after Covid-19Article

With the Covid-19 lockdown in full effect until the end of April, and the potential for yet another extension still looming, South Africa's mines have scaled down operations massively...

Lizle Louw, Nirvasha Singh, Garyn Rapson, Kate Collier, Merlita Kennedy & Rita Spalding 15 Apr 2020

Lockdown set to hit already troubled construction industry hard
Lockdown set to hit already troubled construction industry hardArticle

The lockdown and its aftermath are set to raise all sorts of issues for an industry that is already in trouble...

15 Apr 2020

What happens to property transactions during lockdown?
What happens to property transactions during lockdown?Article

As companies and individuals come to terms with what lockdown means, many are getting over the initial shock and starting to wonder what happens to their property transactions...

Kagiso Mahlangu 9 Apr 2020

Covid-19: What are your rights as an employee?
Covid-19: What are your rights as an employee?Article

With the implementation of the national lockdown by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 26 March, there has been understandable confusion...

Shane Johnson and Samantha Robb 8 Apr 2020

Eskom conducts maintenance work as demand drops during lockdown
Eskom conducts maintenance work as demand drops during lockdownArticle

As South Africa enters day seven of a nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, Eskom has announced that it will double maintenance work at its plants...

2 Apr 2020

Covid-19 is a game changer for the private equity industry
Covid-19 is a game changer for the private equity industryArticle

South Africa started 2020 on the ropes with economists generally expecting the annual GDP growth to be below 1%...

Nicole Paige, Michael Denenga and Ashford Nyatsumba 2 Apr 2020

Ntomfuthi Ntuli, CEO of Sawea
Eskom plans to cut back on IPPs, citing Covid-19Article

Eskom is claiming a force majeure in its proposal to curtail operational wind farms citing reduced demand due to the Covid-19 lockdown...

2 Apr 2020

Covid-19 lockdown: Impact on construction contract claims
Covid-19 lockdown: Impact on construction contract claimsArticle

The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has already had extreme impacts across the globe, including South Africa. The lockdown, which has resulted in construction sites being shut down...

Richard Hoal 1 Apr 2020

Noupoort Wind Farm
Operational wind farms an essential serviceArticle

South Africa's 22 operational wind farms are considered essential services and will continue contributing to the national grid...

1 Apr 2020

Implats operations in care and maintenance for lockdown
Implats operations in care and maintenance for lockdownArticle

Impala Platinum (Implats) has successfully ramped down its Impala Rustenburg and Marula operations in line with President Cyril Ramphosa's National State of Disaster declaration...

31 Mar 2020

Force majeure and Covid-19
Force majeure and Covid-19Article

While our country takes a 21 day time-out to flatten the curve, a more frequently asked question is to what extent does Covid-19 and, more particularly, the national shutdown legally affect commercial contracts?

Joshua Kadish 30 Mar 2020

123RF
Covid-19: Takeaways for the private equity industryArticle

South Africa started 2020 on the ropes with economists generally expecting the annual GDP growth to be below 1%. This already weak outlook has been exacerbated by the impact of Covid-19 and the consequent curtailment of economic activity...

Nicole Paige, Michael Denenga & Ashford Nyatsumba 27 Mar 2020

Paying the rent: Navigating the conflicts caused by coronavirus
Paying the rent: Navigating the conflicts caused by coronavirusArticle

The effects of Covid-19 are being felt by small and larger businesses particularly in the retail and leisure sectors...

Kayla Shadiack 27 Mar 2020

In Flux: Coronavirus - Contracts, Cancellations & Confusion
In Flux: Coronavirus - Contracts, Cancellations & ConfusionAudio

The impact of Covid-19 on existing and future contracts is a serious challenge. Can companies declare Force Majeure or an Act of God in response to the claims and hurdles they face? The Coronavirus has turned our worlds upside down, and the worry is that this could become fertile ground for lawsuits. What is the law on this? In studio with Garry is Kevin van Huysteen of Fluxmans Attorneys.

25 Mar 2020

Coronavirus, contracts and force majeure
Coronavirus, contracts and force majeureArticle

The coronavirus is having a significant impact on the global economy as it increasingly disrupts production, supply chains and travel. With that in mind, organisations should consider any potential legal risks and how to protect themselves against them...

Liz Pinnock 12 Mar 2020

Precautionary steps to minimise risk of Covid-19 on business
Precautionary steps to minimise risk of Covid-19 on businessArticle

Businesses in South Africa should consider whether the coronavirus outbreak may affect their commercial contracts and if so, which steps they can take to minimise their risk and exposure...

5 Mar 2020

Coronavirus hits construction sector with indefinitely delayed shipments
Coronavirus hits construction sector with indefinitely delayed shipmentsArticle

With shipments of construction material from China being indefinitely delayed due to the outbreak of Coronavirus in that country, South African contractors are having to...

11 Feb 2020

Contractors beware of new clauses in road tender deals
Contractors beware of new clauses in road tender dealsArticle

Sanral's recent tenders for the upgrades to the N2/N3 are worth millions, which is is great news for contractors in a sector that is in slump. But, law specialists warn that amendments to Sanral's standard contract make it much more difficult for contractors to deal with disruptions...

30 Jan 2020

Can your contract protect you against construction mafia losses?
Can your contract protect you against construction mafia losses?Article

Disruptions and work stoppages orchestrated by the now-infamous construction mafia in South Africa is adding to the woes of the already beleaguered construction sector...

28 Oct 2019

Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Abdirashid Mohamed Ahmed
Somalia will honour legacy oil & gasArticle

Somalia is breathing new life in its dormant oil and gas sector with anew Petroleum Law and Revenue Sharing Agreement and its first ever offshore licensing round (15 blocks covering 75,000km2...

10 Sep 2019

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