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How new code can bring order to strikes

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:33

A new code of good practice governing various aspects of strike action came into effect on 1 January 2019. It is a welcome step towards eliminating violent and damaging strikes but its effectiveness remains to be seen in practice.
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Don't get caught napping at financial year-end

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:48

Along with all the other responsibilities associated with tax management in South Africa, businesses are reminded of their PAYE (Pay as you Earn) obligations towards Sars - including the onus to issue IRP5 tax certificates to employees.
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Why employees need to mind their Ps and Qs on social media

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:45

Social media represents one of the most significant developments in human communication and has undoubtedly changed the way we interact and share information. Social media has become a prevailing presence in our lives, including the workplace, and therefore poses a significant risk to the reputational integrity of employees and employers, advises legal director, Advocate Tertius Wessels from Strata-g.
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Court overturns judgment, clarifies term 'motor vehicle' in RAF Act

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:10

A widow has won her appeal against the Road Accident Fund (RAF) for compensation in the Cape Town High Court after her common law husband was fatally injured after being knocked over by a container being conveyed by a so-called "reach stacker" at the Multipurpose Terminal at Cape Town Harbour nearly nine years ago.
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Global Legal Hackathon heads back to SA

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 15:36

The Global Legal Hackathon - an annual event where lawyers, technologists and civil society come together to develop new solutions in legaltech with the aim of improving access to justice or the business of law - will return to South Africa this February. The event will be hosted by the Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) in conjunction with global law firm Baker McKenzie.
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President to sign Competition Amendment Bill into law

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 14:01

President Cyril Ramaphosa will today sign into law the Competition Amendment Bill, which will strengthen regulations against anti-competitive behaviour in industrial markets.
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Electronic Communications Amendment Bill withdrawn

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 15:10

Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has decided to withdraw the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill to enable further consultations and to align it with the drive towards the fourth industrial revolution.
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City fails to publish water quality tests for two years

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 09:36

Cape Town's scenic beaches, which are a draw card for tourists, are occasionally contaminated by bacteria from faeces, at levels which pose a risk to human health. The city claims this is due to pollution washing out the storm water system when it rains, but local scientists suspect the millions of litres of sewage pumped into the sea every day from pipelines at Mouille Point, Camps Bay, and Hout Bay also contribute.
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PoPI and social media

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 15:48


© Feodora Chiosea via [[www.123rf.com 123RF.com]].</span>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.
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What NEMLA IV could mean for mine closures

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 15:14

The implementation of the changes proposed by National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill, dubbed NEMLA IV will pave the way for a ground-breaking new specialist rehabilitation industry to emerge in South Africa.
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Will the Budget Speech keep the promises of Sona?

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 09:46


Dr Binganidzo Muchara</span>President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address (Sona) theme was "Following up on our commitments. Making your Future Work Better." The objectives of which were twofold: firstly, to appeal to business and the investment community which would be carefully listening for indications of policy consistency; and secondly, winning over South Africa's voting public who would listening for messages of hope that a better future is within grasp.
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Communities, mining corporations and corruption in South Africa

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 17:10

During the apartheid era in South Africa, the mining industry operated without restraint and had undue influence over government decision-making. This created an environment where companies maximised profits at the expense of people and the environment.
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Independent schools and the Constitution: A delicate balance

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 16:47

The right of a child to attend an independent school arises from the contract between the parents of the child and the school and not from the right to a basic education enshrined in the Constitution. Likewise, the right of an independent school to cancel the contract and effectively expel a child or to take other action for breach of the parent contract, arises from the terms of that contract. But does the Constitution have any impact here or is the issue purely contractual? Is an independent school beholden only to its contract?
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Law change will make it illegal to charge for adoption services

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 13:44

A debate is raging over a proposed amendment to the Child Care Act that would outlaw charging fees for adoption services. The amendment is expected to be passed by the end of the year, as part of a number of changes to the Act.
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Financial Matters Amendment Bill progresses through parliament

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 09:47


Photo: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa</span>The Financial Matters Amendment Bill, which includes much needed amendments to the audit legislation, is now officially in the parliamentary process to enact legislation. It has reached the stage where the National Treasury has briefed members of the Standing Committee on Finance (SCoF) on the key amendments to the five acts included in the amendment bill, following a public consultation process which started last year.
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New legal association launches in Cape Town

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:34

In response to the ever-changing South African legal environment, the Cape Town Legal Practitioners Association (CTLPA), comprising four legal professionals, has been launched in the Mother City.
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Eskom met with strong opposition in its latest attempt to avoid pollution standards

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:17

Earlier this week, the Life After Coal/Impilo Ngaphandle Kwamalahle Campaign submitted strongly worded opposition to Eskom's latest round of applications for more time to comply with pollution standards - the minimum emission standards (MES) - and, in some cases, permission never to meet certain standards. The coalition consists of the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), groundWork, and Earthlife Africa, the Highveld Environmental Justice Alliance Network (HEJN), and the Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance (VEJA).
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Accused in Bosasa matter appear in court

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 11:19

The former Correctional Services and Bosasa officials, arrested in relation to charges of corruption, money laundering and fraud, have appeared in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court.
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New edition of global law book now available

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 08:03

The Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA) has released the second edition of Advertising Law: A Global Legal Perspective - providing an overview of the laws governing advertising and marketing in more than 65 countries across all continents.
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West Coast mining company fined a 'pittance'

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 16:01

Australian-owned mining company Mineral Sands Resources (MSR) has been fined R1.25 million for unlawful activities at its Tormin heavy minerals mine on the West Coast near Lutzville.
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