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Leading pathology laboratories agree to reduce their pricing of COVID-19 tests

The Competition Commission has concluded consent agreements with two of the largest private pathology laboratories, Ampath and Lancet, which will result in an immediate reduction in the maximum price cap of COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests from R850 to R500 including VAT. These agreements have come about as a result of an investigation by the Commission into the alleged … Read More

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Lucinda Verster named the Lexology Client Choice Award winner for Competition Law in South Africa

The winners of the 2021 Lexology Client Choice Awards were announced on 14 October 2021. Fairbridges Wertheim Becker is pleased to announce that our partner Lucinda Verster was announced the exclusive winner for Competition Law in South Africa. Established in 2005, Client Choice recognises those individuals around the world that “stand apart for the excellent client service they provide and … Read More

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Do You Have a Right to Renew Your Lease Agreement?

The following clause (with minor variations) is often found in lease agreements:- “The Tenant shall have the right to renew this Agreement for a period of 1 (one) year on the same terms and conditions, save that the rental shall be agreed to in writing between the Parties.” A clause of this nature seems to provide the tenant with a … Read More

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Can employers dismiss their employees for refusing to take the vaccine?

With the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination picking up momentum, the question of whether to vaccinate or not is top of mind for some. The vaccination is currently not mandatory. A decision not to get vaccinated against Covid-19 may, however, have far-reaching consequences both in everyday life and in the workplace. Many businesses may be wondering whether they may insist … Read More

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Help! A curator has control of my assets

The purpose of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act 1998, (“POCA”) is to offer a civil remedy for the preservation, seizure, and forfeiture of property or assets which, as a natural consequence, are concerned with the carrying out of unlawful activities. The National Director of Public Prosecutions (“NDPP”) may, in terms of POCA, apply to Court for an order restraining … Read More

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We Are Moving To New Premises

Fairbridges Wertheim Becker is pleased to announce that both of its Cape Town and Johannesburg offices will be moving to new premises. With effect from 1 September 2021 our Cape Town office will be relocating to the Portside Building at 5 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town. With effect from 1 November 2021 our Jhb offices will be relocating to 2 Pybus Road, Sandton. Our contact … Read More

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4IR and the Law

Introduction The Fourth Industrial Revolution (“4IR”) predominated for some time, and the COVID-19 pandemic fast-tracked its acceptance. Within a few months, the whole world had to adapt to remote working, learning and living. 4IR and COVID-19 changed the way we do business, work, govern and live. South Africa, like many developing countries pre COVID-19, was preparing for the future and … Read More

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Who’s Who Legal Recognises Lucinda Verster as a Future Leader in Competition Law for a Second Year Running

Who’s Who Legal has been identifying and recognising the most notable legal practitioners globally since 1996. On an annual basis the organisation, based in London UK, nominates leading practitioners in their field of expertise from their pool of 24000 lawyers in private practice as well as 2500 consulting experts from over 150 jurisdictions. The 2021 Who’s Who Legal Competition Law … Read More

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Conveyancing News

I’m selling property in South Africa but I am overseas. What now? In a property transfer, a conveyancer’s mandate begins with the offer to purchase, a thorough reading of which gives us the framework for the type of transfer that we will be dealing with. We page through the standard clauses and look for the all-important date of sale. It … Read More

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Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans 2021: Dhahini Naidu

This year the Mail  & Guardian 200 Young South Africans celebrate 15 years of showcasing South Africa’s eminent and accomplished young people. This year’s theme was ‘Resilience and Innovation for Excellence’, and Mail & Guardian identified and awarded young incredible innovators and trailblazers in South Africa, in various professional categories. Dhahini Naidu, a Director at Fairbridges Wertheim Becker, was announced as … 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