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Report warns govts against using alcohol prohibition laws as emergency response

Research conducted by Tracit analysed the economic and social impacts of strict restrictions on the production and/or consumption of alcohol during the early stages of the Covid-19 outbreak...

7 hours ago

Taxpayers retain the right to privacy - ConCourt

The Tax Administration Act requires Sars officials to preserve the secrecy of taxpayer information. In the Public Protector v CSARS, the Constitutional Court had to decide whether the Public Protector's subpoena powers trumped those of Sars obligations to keep taxpayers' information secret...

By Graeme Palmer 8 hours ago

Trial will shed light on Wild Coast violence

A trial related to an outbreak of violence over the Xolobeni Mineral Sands Project looks set to expose deep and bitter divisions in the Amadiba community on the Wild Coast...

By Fred Kockott 12 hours ago

DSA calls on AU to help rid Africa of Ponzi schemes

The Direct Selling Association of South Africa (DSA) is imploring the African Union (AU) to initiate a continent-wide effort to stamp out Ponzi schemes...

3 days ago

Massive CCMA budget cut will hurt workers, say unions

Far fewer commissioners to listen to cases will mean reduced turnaround time...

By Liezl Human 3 days ago

Political Party Funding Act effective from April

In a historic development for transparency and accountability in South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa has determined that the Political Party Funding Act will come into operation on 1 April 2021...

3 days ago

Revisions to Crisa align with growing interest in ESG investment

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration in the corporate decision-making process is gathering momentum around the world...

By Giles White, Elodie Maume, Madelein Burger, Zelda Swanepoel & Kent Davis 21 Jan 2021

2021 Chambers Africa Award winners

In celebration of innovative, outstanding work conducted by African law forms, the winners of the annual Chambers Africa Awards were announced during a virtual event on 12 January 2021...

21 Jan 2021

Labour department acts against Queenstown factory where worker's hand was severed

The Department of Employment and Labour has taken action against Queenstown food company Truda Foods where a worker's hand was severed by a machine last week...

By Joseph Chirume 20 Jan 2021

Have retired judges been given the chop?

They have been helping to clear the Gauteng backlog but have been informed that their services are no longer needed...

20 Jan 2021

Are SA employers allowed to implement a compulsory Covid-19 vaccine policy? (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this article, we looked at the legalities of mandatory Covid-19 vaccine policies. Here, we consider whether compulsory testing of employees for the coronavirus is allowed...

By Jason Whyte 19 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: 3 wide-ranging issues demanding legal attention this year

Webber Wentzel sees three broad themes emerging in South Africa in 2021, which will require extensive input from the legal profession. These are: changes to the economy and regulation prompted by Covid-19; moves by government and the private sector to stimulate economic recovery; and a greater focus on corporate responsibility and consumer protection.

By Jonathan Veeran, Nozipho Mngomezulu and Burton Phillips 19 Jan 2021

Restaurant managers arrested for selling alcohol

Gauteng police have confirmed the arrest of three managers of popular restaurants in Sandton and Silverton for selling liquor to patrons, in contravention to the Disaster Management Act and Covid-19 level three lockdown regulations...

18 Jan 2021

November's free LexisNexis Case Law Index is now out - sign up here

The November index of the free, online LexisNexis Case Law repository is now available bringing you up to speed on some interesting precedent setting cases considered by South Africa's courts recently...

Issued by LexisNexis 18 Jan 2021

High Court judgment limits diesel refund claims for mining activities

The recent High Court judgment Graspan Colliery v The Commissioner for the South African Revenue Services [2020] could have significant implications for mining operators and their ability to claim diesel refunds...

By Prenisha Govender 18 Jan 2021

Are SA employers allowed to implement a compulsory Covid-19 vaccine policy? (Part 1)

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, global efforts have successfully developed both expedited means of testing for the virus and, more recently, vaccines...

By Jason Whyte 15 Jan 2021

New competition and service guidelines for the Automotive Aftermarket

In December 2020, the Competition Commission issued the final Guidelines for Competition in the South African Automotive Aftermarket effective as of 1 July 2021. The Guidelines seek to address the constraints to competition in the Automotive Aftermarket Industry...

By Bobedi Seleke 15 Jan 2021

Appointments to strengthen the NPA

President Cyril Ramaphosa has made four senior appointments in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)...

15 Jan 2021

Information Regulator engages Facebook SA over privacy policy

South Africa's Information Regulator met Facebook South Africa this week to discuss its revised WhatsApp privacy policy...

14 Jan 2021

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