TerraLex Webinar: Mining After COVID-19: The Pandemic’s Impact & Opportunities

How prepared was the mining industry sector for COVID-19? In which areas did mining flourish and innovate and where have challenges risen? This program will discuss these topics and more from the viewpoint of various regions of the world. (Recorded February 17, 2021) Speakers: Jonathan Ellis – Steptoe & Johnson PLLC West Virginia, USA Juan Larrea – Tobar ZVS Ecuador … Read More

Court Order 22.12.2020 Case 15118/2020

Court Order dated 22 December 2020 before Honourable Mr Justice Bozalek in ex parte application brought by the University of Cape Town, In re: Removal of discriminatory conditions; Case No: 15118/2020 Download Court Order 22.12.2020 Case 15118/2020 Read More

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How to rescue your business from the impact of COVID-19

Many businesses in South Africa face the very real risk of closing their doors permanently as a result of their inability to trade during the lengthy full lockdown imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Business owners are overwhelmed with the stress and anxiety of how to rescue their business in such a difficult economic period. There are, however, several measures … Read More

COVID-19 Tax Relief Measures

The National Treasury has issued an explanatory note on the additional COVID-19 tax relief measures which will be included in revised drafts of the 2020 Disaster Management Tax Relief Bill and Disaster Management Tax Relief Administration Bill which are expected to be released on 30 April for comment. The following proposals are put forward for comment. Increase in the Expanded … Read More

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Title Deed Restrictions

Beware of Restrictive Title Deeds It is not uncommon for buyers to purchase what they believe to be their dream home, only to discover that they cannot add on an extra storey because of the existence of a restrictive title deed condition. Restrictive conditions may be defined as conditions registered in title deeds during the process of township establishment, by … Read More

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Effects of Social Media on Shareholder Activism

Social media is used in everyday life by millions of people throughout the world. People post pictures on Instagram, send tweets on Twitter and update their Facebook statuses and have constant access to these social media platforms. What started out as a social, recreational activity has become an incredibly important marketing tool for individuals and businesses. Shareholder activism can be … Read More

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Stokvels: A Mechanism of Informal Social Security

For centuries people have entered into various forms of money saving schemes in an attempt to save and grow their money. People try to save and grow their money for a variety of reasons, such as, saving to go on holiday; saving for school fees or saving for their retirement. South Africa has seen many communities creating social schemes that … Read More

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Anti Dissapation Order

What to do if a debtor is intentionally selling of his assets to avoid payment of a future judgment? The old proverb “the wheels of justice turn slowly” is unfortunately well known in the South African context with it often taking two to three years to get a matter to trial in our high courts. This delay can often have … Read More

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Zamuxolo Gulwa: “Law is a mechanism for change”

  From herding cattle as a young boy in the Eastern Cape to moving into the top echelons of Africa’s oldest law firm, Fairbridges Wertheim Becker, is the journey Zamuxolo has taken. Zamuxolo was born in Engcobo, to a father who worked in construction and a stay at home mother, who worked hard to create an environment in which her … Read More

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Felicia Hlophe: From Ladysmith to lady lawyer

  Felicia is an associate lawyer at Fairbridge Wertheim Becker, the oldest law firm in Africa. Born in Ladysmith, Kwazulu-Natal (KZN), she spent her early childhood in Mpumalanga before relocating back to KZN, in grade five when her mother was offered a better-paying job in that area. “Moving back to KZN was a bit of culture shock, but I got … Read More

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Book Review – Effective Legal Interviewing and Counselling

by M A (Riette) du Plessis (106 pages) Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd www.jutalaw.co.za “Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet; and two others at first speech are old friends.”– Mary Catherwood (1847-1901) The ability of an attorney to connect and communicate effectively with a client on a personal yet professional basis … Read More

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Book Review – Employment Rights

by John Grogan (3rd Edition) (472 pages) Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd www.jutalaw.co.za “Who first invented work, and bound the free and holiday-rejoicing spirit down to that dry drudgery at the desk’s dry wood?”– Charles Lamb (1775-1834) This is the third edition of a work covering terrain where there continues to be important developments in the law of employment. Significant … Read More

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Book Review – Human Resource Management in Public Schools

A Practical Guide by Jaco Deacon (310 pages) Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd www.jutalaw.co.za “Who, with a natural instinct to discern, What knowledge can perform, is diligent to learn.”– William Wordsworth (1770-1850) The importance of education in South Africa cannot be overstated. There are about 24,000 public schools employing some 400,000 educators in the country, teaching millions of learners. Education … Read More

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Book Review – Dugard’s International Law

by John Dugard, Max Du Plessis, Tiyanjana Maluwa & Dire Tladi (Fifth Edition) (938 pages) Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd www.jutalaw.co.za “Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none.”– Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), 3rd President of the USA, in his first inaugural address on 04 March 1801 The complex web of interlinking, overlapping and intertwined international … Read More

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Book Review – Public Procurement Regulation

by Sope Williams-Elegbe and Geo Quinot (editors) (370 pages) Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd www.jutalaw.co.za “The state is or can be master of money, but in a free society it is master of very little else.”– William Henry Beverage (1879-1963) Governments around the world allocate substantial portions of their budgets to the award of state contracts for the provision of … Read More

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Transformation of Parental Leave in South Africa

On the 27 November 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa signed various amendments to labour legislation into law. These amendments have introduced additional parental leave benefits for fathers, adoptive parents as well as commissioning parents and have effect from 1 January 2019 in terms of the Labour Laws Amendment Act. Section 25A was inserted, amongst others, into of The Basic Conditions of … Read More

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Changing the face of Contractual Agreements

Section 11 (1) of ECTA provides that: ‘Information is not without legal force and effect merely on the grounds that it is wholly or partly in the form of a data message.’ This is a simple sentence but has given a new dimension to contractual agreements as we know them. This section effectively means that data messages are not excluded … Read More