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What is shaping culture? Gaming
What is shaping culture? GamingArticle

Brett Rogers explores the edges of culture and how things are changing, providing valuable insights for brands wanting to understand who and what is shaping culture...

Brett Rogers 11 hours 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 17 Sep 2020

New tax bill: Taxpayers could be criminally liable for honest mistakes
New tax bill: Taxpayers could be criminally liable for honest mistakesArticle

Section 34 of the draft Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill, 2020 proposes to amend section 234 of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (TA Act), to remove willfulness (intention) from the range of acts that constitute an offence...

Kyle Fyfe 7 Sep 2020

What employers need to know about POPIA
What employers need to know about POPIAArticle

The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPIA) which came into force on 1 July 2020 places several obligations on employers in terms of managing employees personal information...

Kirsten Eiser & Shane Johnson 19 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

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

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...

Samantha Varela 31 Jul 2020

Institute finalises 332 disciplinary cases related to the APC 2015 Assessment
Institute finalises 332 disciplinary cases related to the APC 2015 AssessmentArticle

In 2015, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) discovered that several candidates sitting the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) examination had allegedly breached the assessment's ethical expectations...

Issued by SAICA 27 Jul 2020

Covid-19 cases shoot up, especially in Gauteng
Covid-19 cases shoot up, especially in GautengArticle

South Africa's Covid-19 cases are on a sharp and steady increase with 6,130 new cases reported on Monday, bringing the total number to 144,264...

30 Jun 2020

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Is your brilliant global idea just greek to your audience?Article

While the choice for brands, as they travel across cultures, is between a standardised global approach or localisation (both of which have pros and cons), the key to global brand success lies in not just adapting talent and messaging, but adapting to the actual values and therefore the culture of the region in which they market...

Stuart Walsh 9 Jun 2020

A health worker drags an electrocardiograph at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg.
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How South Africa's health system could take a hit from pandemic lawsuitsArticle

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

Keymanthri Moodley & Anita Kleinsmidt 22 May 2020

Public Procurement Bill aims to simplify processes
Public Procurement Bill aims to simplify processesArticle

South Africa is awash with numerous public procurement laws exacerbated by further Covid-19 related regulations. The current version of the public procurement Bill aims to unify the laws dealing with public sector procurement by creating a singular regulatory framework that applies to local, provincial, and national government as well as state-owned entities...

Imraan Mahomed, Veronica Vurgarellis, Vaughn Harrison and Yuri Tangur 19 May 2020

Covid-19 and downgrades: Director's duties unpacked
Covid-19 and downgrades: Director's duties unpackedArticle

At the same time as grappling with a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19, South Africa's credit rating was also downgraded to below investment grade by Moody's...

Safiyya Patel & Jayshall Vassen 6 May 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

Be aware of vishing as scammers look for spare cash
Be aware of vishing as scammers look for spare cashArticle

Unfortunately, vishing is not new, but customers may be new to the scam. That's why the Banking Ombudsman wants to warn customers, particularly in these tough economic times, when consumers are more vulnerable...

Issued by Ombudsman for Banking Services 24 Apr 2020

Employees are the weak link in cyber security
Employees are the weak link in cyber securityArticle

A report from Kaspersky Lab shows that 90% of corporate data breaches in the cloud happen due to hacker attacks that target employees...

17 Apr 2020

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This could be the end of the line for cruise shipsArticle

The same business model that has enabled the cruise industry to prosper could also spell its demise...

15 Apr 2020

The consequences of spreading fake news about Covid-19
The consequences of spreading fake news about Covid-19Article

Social media and particularly fake news are adding fuel to the sense of uncertainty during the Covid-19 lockdown. What does our law say taking into account the regulations published by the government amid the pandemic?

Veronica Vurgarellis & Tiro Moticoe 1 Apr 2020

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A new environment for insurers and claimantsArticle

After the likely spike in insurance claims arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, insurers are likely to introduce new or change existing exclusionary clauses which were not previously considered to be necessary.

Maria Philippides, Raynold Tlhavani, Caroline Theodosiou, Lisa Swaine, Justin Malherbe & Kim Rew 19 Mar 2020

What mattered most to mothers using Nigeria’s free maternal health services was that their babies were healthy. Adekunle Ajayi/Getty Images
What mothers told me about Nigeria's free maternal health servicesArticle

Each day, 159 women die during childbirth and as a result of pregnancy in Nigeria. This translates to one death every nine minutes...

Anthony Idowu Ajayi 17 Mar 2020

Who assumes responsibility for a child at school?
Who assumes responsibility for a child at school?Article

Over the past few weeks media headlines have been filled with harrowing stories of tragedies across the country affecting learners at schools. These tragedies have obviously fostered much discussion in the media regarding the role of schools in loco parentis. Meaning 'in the place of a parent', this legal doctrine holds that educators assume custody of learners at school...

Adrian Chester 28 Feb 2020

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Doctors say they need help with paperworkArticle

A recent survey of 838 South African doctors found an overwhelming majority felt they needed guidance and training on record keeping...

26 Feb 2020

Higher degree of care required when dealing with children
Higher degree of care required when dealing with childrenArticle

The tragic death of 13-year-old, Enock Mpianzi from Parktown Boys' High School who drowned at a school orientation camp in the North West on 15 January 2020 has yet again brought into the spotlight the duty of those responsible for children and the standard of care required when dealing with children...

Sandra Sithole 31 Jan 2020

4 most popular distance learning courses for 2020
4 most popular distance learning courses for 2020Article

Four vocational qualifications are fast emerging as the most popular courses for distance learning students this year...

23 Jan 2020

Court develops common law allowing for services as compensation for future medical damages
Court develops common law allowing for services as compensation for future medical damagesArticle

In a recent landmark judgment, MSM obo KBM v The Member of the Executive Council for Health, Gauteng Provincial Government, the Gauteng High Court handed down a ruling in December 2019 in which it developed the common law to allow for payment of future damages by providing services instead of money in certain medical negligence cases involving State hospitals...

Sandra Sithole 20 Jan 2020

HPCSA suspends paediatric surgeon Peter Beale
HPCSA suspends paediatric surgeon Peter BealeArticle

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has suspended Dr Peter Beale, the paediatric surgeon facing charges of culpable homicide after 10-year-old Zayyaan Sayed died shortly after Beale performed a routine laparoscopic surgery in October...

19 Dec 2019

Third-party risks: does your supplier comply?
Third-party risks: does your supplier comply?Article

Make sure your contractors, vendors or partners were "brought up" in the same security-conscious environment your company was...

Alexey Parfentiev 18 Dec 2019

New landfill prohibitions adding pressure on waste management industry
New landfill prohibitions adding pressure on waste management industryArticle

New prohibitions on the type of materials that can be accepted at landfill sites are causing the waste management industry a severe headache for a simple, related reason, says Johan van den Berg, MD of Averda SA...

3 Dec 2019

Kariem Hoosain, partner at Mazars
Under-regulated internal auditing sector plays part in corporate fraudArticle

Considering the high profile scandals that have dominated news headlines in the last few years, from VBS Mutual Bank to Eskom, it does not seem unreasonable to say that South Africa may have a corporate fraud problem...

28 Nov 2019

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Why highly qualified and experienced directors are more at risk of being declared delinquentsArticle

It only takes one look at recent newspaper headlines in South Africa to realise that applications to declare directors delinquent are appearing before the country's courts more and more frequently...

Rehana Cassim 1 Nov 2019

The costly business of nursing negligence
The costly business of nursing negligenceArticle

Negligence at Gauteng state hospitals has caused damage to over 20,000 patients in the past two-and-a-half years, with R29bn paid out in claims...

15 Oct 2019

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Mining Round-up - key takeaways on the industryArticle

At a recent seminar, various specialists from Webber Wentzel explored the different aspects of the changing regulatory landscape around the mining industry...

30 Sep 2019

Gauteng Health MEC, Dr Bandile Masuku
Sama challenges health and safety issues in GautengArticle

Non-compliance of health and safety standards at public health facilities is putting both patients and healthcare practitioners at risk, and must be addressed...

13 Sep 2019

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Medical waste and duty of careArticle

Medical facilities have a legal and ethical duty to dispose of medical waste according to very stringent regulations...

10 Sep 2019

The delinquency clause seeks to raise standards of good behaviour expected of directors. Shutterstock
Why South African law on directors' delinquency is open to abuseArticle

For the first time in South African company law, courts have the power to declare directors delinquent. This remedy was introduced as part of the overhaul of South Africa's corporate law regime in 2011...

Rehana Cassim 2 Sep 2019

Hospital negligence not the cause of baby's brain damage - court
Hospital negligence not the cause of baby's brain damage - courtArticle

In the AN case, the Supreme Court of Appeal held that despite the failure by the All Saints Hospital to properly monitor the mother and foetus during delivery, this did not cause the brain damage to the baby which resulted from an unpreventable cause...

Erwyn Durman 30 Aug 2019

Coal mines need to be taken to task over water pollution
Coal mines need to be taken to task over water pollutionArticle

Coal mines in Mpumalanga have polluted about 90% of groundwater in the Highveld region alone..

28 Aug 2019

Takeaways from the Limpopo medico-legal symposium
Takeaways from the Limpopo medico-legal symposiumArticle

Norton Rose Fulbright recently presented at a medico-legal symposium hosted by the Health Professionals Group for the Limpopo Department of Health which was attended by approximately 100 medical professionals including dentists, surgeons, physiotherapists, nurses, and general practitioners...

Erwyn Durman 27 Aug 2019

Elevating awareness: Can you claim for injuries occuring on escalators or lifts?
Elevating awareness: Can you claim for injuries occuring on escalators or lifts?Article

Escalators and lifts result in serious injuries and fatalities more often than you might think. Some injuries caused by escalators and lifts could constitute negligence and be grounds for personal injury claims...

21 Aug 2019

South Africa has a skewed healthcare system with an under-funded public sector and an expensive private sector. Shutterstock
Why South Africa's plans for universal healthcare are pie in the skyArticle

Performance in South Africa's two tier health system - the public and the private - has been worsening for some time. Politicians have attempted to attribute the decline in the public sector to a myriad of ills, none of their making...

Alex van den Heever 19 Aug 2019

Disaster fund needed to clean KZN river spill
Disaster fund needed to clean KZN river spillArticle

As a major KwaZulu-Natal river turned into a cauldron of dying fish this week, Willowton Oil - the company responsible for the pollution incident - has been called upon to set up a disaster fund.

Fred Kockott 19 Aug 2019

Can parents sue if their child is injured at school?
Can parents sue if their child is injured at school?Article

Parents send their children to school with a reasonable expectation that they will be as safe as they would be at home, however accidents happen at schools on an alarmingly frequent basis in South Africa...

6 Aug 2019

Under President Jacob Zuma the economy didn’t recover as much as it should have from the global financial crisis. Shutterstock
South Africa's finances are in bad shape. It's running out of time to fix themArticle

South Africa's public finances are in a perilous state. There are four main reasons for this...

Seán Mfundza Muller 6 Aug 2019

How to deal with depression in the workplace
How to deal with depression in the workplaceArticle

The World Health Organisation estimates that around 300 million people across the globe suffer from depression. This has become the leading cause of disability worldwide. It is evident that there are many reasons why employers need to be equipped to deal with depression at the workplace...

John Botha 29 Jul 2019

Positive rental market growth expected for rest of 2019
Positive rental market growth expected for rest of 2019Article

After an extended period of slow growth for the South African rental market, landlords may well be feeling pessimistic about the future of their investments...

Jacqui Savage 16 Jul 2019

Ambulances and emergency vehicles parked at Edendale Hospital look good, but hardly any are operational. Photo: Nompendulo Ngubane
Emergency workers sit around all day because there are no ambulancesArticle

In August 2018, KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo announced 89 brand new ambulances would replace the province's ageing fleet...

Nompendulo Ngubane 9 Jul 2019

Who is liable for unnecessary deaths due to EMS, ambulance crisis?
Who is liable for unnecessary deaths due to EMS, ambulance crisis?Article

The current ambulance and EMS crisis in South Africa is making it less and less likely that patients will get the medical help they need in time. A critical shortage of ambulances is resulting in an unnecessary number of patients dying or suffering further harm due to delays and "no shows"...

26 Jun 2019

Background screening vs. social media checks - don't get caught up in this digital predicament
Background screening vs. social media checks - don't get caught up in this digital predicamentArticle

The evolving digital world and resultant online presence of the population is no doubt changing the way people engage and how business is conducted - but also what information can be sourced online, prior to such engagement taking place...

24 Jun 2019

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Hospital-acquired infections in SA hospitals are on the rise, especially in childrenArticle

A rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria means that many patients end up worse off as a result of infections acquired within the hospital setting...

11 Jun 2019

Confusion in the prescription of medical negligence claims?
Confusion in the prescription of medical negligence claims?Article

For 10 years it seemed as if the law relating to the commencement of the running of prescription in medical negligence matters was clear and settled. Then, 10 years later, came Links' case, in the Constitutional Court...

John Saner, Issued by LexisNexis 28 May 2019

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