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  • Innovation required to win war against counterfeits
    When it comes to fraud, the impact of the production and sale of counterfeit goods is just as detrimental to the economy as cyber crime and identity theft. Read more... | Send to a friend
  • Update on unforeseen preference share amendments
    The 2019 Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (TLAB) contains a significant and unexpected amendment to the definition of "hybrid equity instrument" in section 8E of the Income Tax Act, which was discussed in a previous alert. Read more... | Send to a friend
  • Eleventh-hour delay in court case involving King Goodwill Zwelithini
    A politically-charged court case involving millions of rands in rent paid to a trust headed by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has been postponed at the last moment. Read more... | Send to a friend
  • Constitutional Court rejects coal mining company's attempt to appeal
    The Constitutional Court has denied Athi-Africa Ventures leave to appeal against a judgment blocking its plan to mine coal in a protected area in Mpumalanga. Archive photo: Ashraf Hendricks</span>In a short, sharp smack-down, the Constitutional Court has rejected an attempt by would-be coal mining company Atha-Africa Ventures to draw it into a controversial plan to mine coal in a highly sensitive protected grassland and water catchment area in Mpumalanga. Read more... | Send to a friend
  • President appoints new judges
    Fifteen judges have been appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa, to various divisions of the High Court. Read more... | Send to a friend
  • Legal pitfalls of offensive branding - Part 2
    Offensive trademarks have also been in the news of late. In the USA, an Asian-American band applied to register their band name 'The Slants' at the US trademarks office. However, the application was refused on the basis of local legislation prohibiting the registration of offensive or disparaging marks. "Slants" is a racial slur for people of South and South-East Asian descent. The band adopted the name to reclaim and transform the derogatory term into a source of pride. Read more... | Send to a...
  • Amendments to the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice create unfairness
    The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) published amendments to the Codes of Good Practice on 31 May 2019 with a six-month transitional period to be effective from 1 December 2019. The amendments can be accessed in Government Gazette No. 42496 dated 31 May 2019. Read more... | Send to a friend
  • Financial services need to wake up to fact that treating customers well is good business
    Shutterstock</span>South Africa's regulatory regime for the financial services sector is going through major changes. The question is whether companies can adapt to a principles-based approach. Or will they default back to rules-based compliance during the implementation of the Conduct of Financial Institutions Act? The aim of the new law is to improve financial sector conduct and ensure fairer outcomes, particularly for customers. Read more... | Send to a friend
  • Confronting the City of Cape Town's PHA 'myths'
    What level of condescension is implied in calling something a myth? In his arguments before the Western Cape's High Court on 15 October, the City of Cape Town's advocate Ron Paschke laid out a series of what he called myths that he argued underly the case against a proposal to develop 472 hectares of land located in the southern portion of Cape Town's Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA). Read more... | Send to a friend
  • Setting the record straight on temporary employment services
    For the last number of years, temporary employment services (TES) - which were previously termed 'labour brokers' - have been given the reputation as being exploitative. Since the landmark decision in the Constitutional Court - in the Assign Services matter - much has been written in the media (as recently as the beginning of November 2019) about the notion that temporary employment services are now out of the picture. Read more... | Send to a friend