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My prospective employer did what?
My prospective employer did what?

In February, the Department of Public Services and Administration Minister released a media statement, allowing for the inclusion of a social media check when reference checking prospective government employees...

By Tracy Robbins and Julia Olley 11 hours ago

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Legal cannabis and life cover

In the past, life insurers could outright refuse cover if cannabis use is disclosed during the application process, as is policy for illegal drug usage...

18 hours ago

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Robben Island to be designated a Marine Protected Area

In an effort toward the conservation of Robben Island's marine biodiversity, and advancing the sustainable tourism agenda, the island will soon be declared a Marine Protected Area...

19 hours ago

How businesses in hospitality can get their indemnity right
How businesses in hospitality can get their indemnity right

With the South African hospitality, leisure and tourism industry broadening and attracting more customers each year, it is imperative that business owners in these industries make sure that their property and staff are properly indemnified...

By Adrian Chester 18 Apr 2019

Opportunity to regularise pre-Waste Act hazardous waste facilities: But, what are the risks?
Opportunity to regularise pre-Waste Act hazardous waste facilities: But, what are the risks?

On 5 April 2019, the Minister of Environmental Affairs gave notice of her intention to require any person who lawfully conducted a hazardous waste management activity on 1 July 2009 to apply for a waste management licence...

By Paula-Ann Novotny 18 Apr 2019

Epoq Legal launches free legal document drafting tool for NPOs
Epoq Legal launches free legal document drafting tool for NPOs

Epoq Legal SA has launched a real-time, online legal document drafting tool called JusDraft, designed for South African non-profit organisations...

18 Apr 2019

Temps still need to fight for permanency
Temps still need to fight for permanency

Despite the Constitutional Court ruling on Temporary Employment Services (TES) of placed workers being deemed employees of the client, employees should not have an automatic expectation of being transferred onto the books of the client...

17 Apr 2019

Should we expect more private prosecutions for environmental crimes?
Should we expect more private prosecutions for environmental crimes?

Private prosecutions for environmental crimes has always been a thorny issue in South African environmental law. In the recent case of Uzani Environmental Advocacy CC v BP Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, BP was found guilty of contravening the National Environmental Management Act...

By Athi Jara 17 Apr 2019

Tackling the Big Fish
Tackling the Big Fish

In Big Catch Fishing Tackle Pty Ltd and Others v Justin Miles Kemp and Others (2019), De Waal AJ dismissed the application instituted for interim relief, with costs against the second to fifth applicants, on the basis that the applicants had not made out a case that they would suffer irreparable harm if the interdict was not granted...

By Dean Joffe, overseen by Ashlin Perumall 16 Apr 2019

SAQA welcomes NQF Amendment Bill
SAQA welcomes NQF Amendment Bill

The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has commended the role players who have worked to get the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Amendment Bill through Parliamentary processes...

16 Apr 2019

Watson wind farm stopped - for now
Watson wind farm stopped - for now

The controversial decision to grant environmental authorisation for the Watson family's massive wind farm project on the summit of the Groot Winterhoek mountains near Uitenhage has been overturned - at least temporarily...

By John Yeld 16 Apr 2019

Finalising new DMASA Code of Practice
Finalising new DMASA Code of Practice

The Direct Marketing Association of South Africa (DMASA) has announced that its updated Code of Practice is in the process of finalisation...

15 Apr 2019

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Tax and the ethics of paying back the money

Companies can't just pretty up their board of directors with figure heads, appointed for their reputation and the contacts that they will bring to the particular organisation...

By Jerry Botha & Jonathan Goldberg 15 Apr 2019

Communicare leadership cleared of corruption allegations
Communicare leadership cleared of corruption allegations

After an eight-month investigation, Communicare, a non-profit organisation that manages social housing projects, has released the findings of a report on corruption among staff and suppliers...

By Kristine Liao 12 Apr 2019

The cost of failing to notify authorities of mergers
The cost of failing to notify authorities of mergers

The Competition Commission has sought to provide some guidance regarding the notification and implementation of mergers by publishing Guidelines for the determination of administrative penalties for failure to notify mergers and implementation of mergers contrary to the Competition Act...

By Burton Phillips 11 Apr 2019

Taking your high from home to work
Taking your high from home to work

Since the Constitutional Court declared the private use of cannabis legal, employers have been required to consider how best to deal with the effects of personal cannabis use in the workplace...

By Nadine Mather and Amy Gerson 11 Apr 2019

Rhino horn confiscated by Hong Kong customs
Rhino horn confiscated by Hong Kong customs

The Department of Environmental Affairs has welcomed the confiscation of rhino horn valued at an estimated R29m by Hong Kong customs officials...

11 Apr 2019

Impimpi Alive - whistleblowing system for minimum wage defaulters
Impimpi Alive - whistleblowing system for minimum wage defaulters

The DOL has developed a new system that will allow employees to report companies that fail to comply with the National Minimum Wage Act...

By Jacques van Wyk 10 Apr 2019

Patent system shake up to boost innovation in SA
Patent system shake up to boost innovation in SA

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says government is trying to strike a balance between granting monopoly rights to support innovation, the dissemination of knowledge and addressing socio-economic challenges...

10 Apr 2019

Nominations open for positions on Khoi-San Commission
Nominations open for positions on Khoi-San Commission

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Zweli Mkhize has invited the public to nominate persons who may be considered for appointment as members of the Commission on Khoi-San Matters...

10 Apr 2019

Butsi Tladi, MD of Alexander Forbes Health
Cofi Bill brings down regulatory siloes for medical scheme customers

Healthcare sector stakeholders have long advocated for a single regulator, believing that the current dual framework creates a regulatory arbitrage not conducive to offering the consumer maximum protection...

10 Apr 2019

Feathers fly over Watson wind farm plan
Feathers fly over Watson wind farm plan

The Department of Environmental Affairs has given the go-ahead to a wind farm project that the Watson family wants to build in the Eastern Cape, before assessing strong differences of opinion from scientists...

By John Yeld 10 Apr 2019

AARTO Bill ready to be signed by the President
AARTO Bill ready to be signed by the President

The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (AARTO) Amendment Bill has been passed by Parliament and is now ready to be signed into law by the President...

9 Apr 2019

Tribunal orders Volkwagen to refund consumer fees
Tribunal orders Volkwagen to refund consumer fees

The National Consumer Tribunal has instructed Volkswagen Financial Services South Africa to refund consumers for on-the-road, admin and handling fees on credit agreements...

9 Apr 2019

Africa and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Dignity for all
Africa and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Dignity for all

African countries barely existed when the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Paris, France in 1948, three years after the end of the Second World War...

By Franck Kuwonu 9 Apr 2019

Shedding some light on an employer's obligations during load shedding
Shedding some light on an employer's obligations during load shedding

It is no secret that the intensified load shedding has had a devastating economic effect on many companies. Without electricity, many businesses cannot function, and in those instances, employees are unable to work...

By Aadil Patel and Dylan Bouchier 8 Apr 2019

City ordered to compensate homeless for destruction of their possessions
City ordered to compensate homeless for destruction of their possessions

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court of Appeal has ordered the City of Johannesburg to compensate 27 homeless people for unlawfully confiscating and destroying their property...

By Ohene Yaw Ampofo-Anti 8 Apr 2019

Verification vs tax audits - Sars must give notice of both
Verification vs tax audits - Sars must give notice of both

It's that time of the year.... When we all have the tedious task of gathering documentation and tax certificates and ensuring we are compliant with Sars. But once it's done, it is a huge weight off individuals and companies' shoulders...

5 Apr 2019

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Ndlovu Gang members sentenced to 25 years imprisonment each for rhino poaching

Three members of the Ndlovu Gang, following a lengthy trial, have been sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment each for 13 rhino poaching incidents...

5 Apr 2019

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