How machine learning can help fight illegal wildlife trade on social media
How machine learning can help fight illegal wildlife trade on social media

The illegal wildlife trade is one of the biggest threats to biodiversity. Demand for species and wildlife products, like rhino horn, elephant ivory and pangolin scales, have triggered an increase in unsustainable harvesting of species. This causes important population declines, threatening the existence of certain species.

By Enrico Di Minin and Christoph Fink 3 hours ago

Three judges reported to Judicial Service Commission
Three judges reported to Judicial Service Commission

A judgment in the Pietermaritzburg High Court of KZN has been outstanding for more than six years, according to a list of late reserved judgments as of 31 December. The list was published by the Office of the Chief Justice (OCJ) on 20 March.

By Kristine Liao 23 hours ago

Land reform panel finalising its report
Land reform panel finalising its report

The Expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform is currently finalising its report for consideration by the Inter-Ministerial Committee and the Presidency.

1 day ago

Comments invited on Draft Central Application Service Bill
Comments invited on Draft Central Application Service Bill

Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Naledi Pandor has invited the public to submit comments on the draft bill to support students' access to post-school opportunities and make informed choices.

1 day ago

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

On 13 February 2019, the Minister of the Department of Public Services and Administration in South Africa (the Department) released a media statement, causing some unease amongst the general public. The media statement confirmed that the Department has issued an advisory note to all government departments, allowing the inclusion of a social media check when reference checking prospective employees. Short of sliding into your DMs, government departments are now authorised to snoop around your LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the like.

By Tracy Robbins and Julia Olley 1 day ago

Residential estate income: What's tax exempt and what isn't?
Residential estate income: What's tax exempt and what isn't?

The levy income of a body corporate, share block or an association of persons, such as a home owners association (residential estate), is exempt from income tax by virtue of section 10(1)(e) of the Income Tax Act. However, not all income received by a residential estate is exempt from tax, only levy income. Sars recently published a new Interpretation Note 64 on the levy exemption.

By Graeme Palmer 1 day 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. But with South Africa's recent decriminalisation of the private use and cultivation of cannabis, many industries will need to rethink existing business practices.

1 day 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 (MPA) by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).

1 day ago

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

The World Travel and Tourism Council has reported the South African tourism industry, which includes the hospitality and leisure industries, to be the fastest growing in the country. Contributing close to 9% to gross domestic product, while employing over 1.6 million people last year. This has been demonstrated in the increase of Airbnb host and guest activity.

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, when the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Waste Act) came into force, to apply for a waste management licence (WML). In terms of the notice, lawful users are required to apply for a WML within a period of one year after publication of the final notice.

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 who need to create court forms, contracts, wills and more without the need for an attorney.

18 Apr 2019