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Webinar Recording | 2021 Annual Employment Law Webinar
17 September 2021 Employment Law

Webinar Recording | 2021 Annual Employment Law Webinar

A year and a half into the pandemic and the "workplace" remains an evolving concept. In the CDH Employment Annual Webinar that took place on 16 September 2021, we explored what is the next normal, ways our business can thrive and remain compliant in the next normal and whether our understanding of the employment relationship still holds true.

Exit charge on retirement fund interests when ceasing residency
16 September 2021 Tax & Exchange Control

Exit charge on retirement fund interests when ceasing residency

On 28 July 2021, National Treasury and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) published the 2021 draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (2021 Draft TLAB), which includes proposed changes to the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 (ITA), in relation to the tax treatment of an individual’s interest in a pension fund, pension preservation fund, provident fund, provident preservation fund or retirement annuity fund (retirement fund) upon that individual’s cessation of residency.

Crypto assets: Current and future tax and exchange control considerations
16 September 2021 Tax & Exchange Control

Crypto assets: Current and future tax and exchange control considerations

Crypto assets are a young and boisterous part of the current financial landscape. Recent developments point to crypto assets becoming an entrenched, although still volatile, part of the global financial system. A prime example is El Salvador, which on 7 September 2021 became the first country to allow the use of a cryptocurrency as legal tender. In the same week, the US Treasury held engagements with industry representatives to gain insight into the regulatory requirements for a crypto asset known as “stablecoins”.

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Webinar Recording | 2021 Annual Employment Law Webinar
17 September 2021 Employment Law

Webinar Recording | 2021 Annual Employment Law Webinar

A year and a half into the pandemic and the "workplace" remains an evolving concept. In the CDH Employment Annual Webinar that took place on 16 September 2021, we explored what is the next normal, ways our business can thrive and remain compliant in the next normal and whether our understanding of the employment relationship still holds true.

Exit charge on retirement fund interests when ceasing residency
16 September 2021 Tax & Exchange Control

Exit charge on retirement fund interests when ceasing residency

On 28 July 2021, National Treasury and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) published the 2021 draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (2021 Draft TLAB), which includes proposed changes to the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 (ITA), in relation to the tax treatment of an individual’s interest in a pension fund, pension preservation fund, provident fund, provident preservation fund or retirement annuity fund (retirement fund) upon that individual’s cessation of residency.

Crypto assets: Current and future tax and exchange control considerations
16 September 2021 Tax & Exchange Control

Crypto assets: Current and future tax and exchange control considerations

Crypto assets are a young and boisterous part of the current financial landscape. Recent developments point to crypto assets becoming an entrenched, although still volatile, part of the global financial system. A prime example is El Salvador, which on 7 September 2021 became the first country to allow the use of a cryptocurrency as legal tender. In the same week, the US Treasury held engagements with industry representatives to gain insight into the regulatory requirements for a crypto asset known as “stablecoins”.

The role of mergers and acquisitions in the pharmaceutical industry
15 September 2021 Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals

The role of mergers and acquisitions in the pharmaceutical industry

The pharmaceutical industry is dynamic – not just in current times but also historically. It is not surprising that the industry is one of the frontrunners in the market space when it comes to M&A activity, the number of deals, deal value and innovative deal structuring. In this article we will take a closer look at the role of M&A in the pharmaceutical industry, why M&A is central to such industry and what the driving force is behind it. We will also briefly consider M&A transactions from a South African perspective.

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Treasury to Implement an Unemployment Insurance Fund
23 March 2021 Employment Law

Treasury to Implement an Unemployment Insurance Fund

Widely reported last week is a plan by the Treasury to set up an Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), in order to assist the unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As reported, the plan seems rather simple; a 1% tax will be levied on employees and employers alike in order to fund the UIF and offer a monthly stipend to the unemployed, or those unable to work due to illness.

Labour and Employment Guide 2020
23 March 2021 Employment Law

Labour and Employment Guide 2020

Partner Desmond Odhiambo and Associate Peter Mutema recently contributed to the 2020 edition of Getting The Deal Through - Labour and Employment.

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The Cradock Four
2 August 2021 Dispute Resolution

The Cradock Four

Tim Fletcher, Head of our Dispute Resolution practice, joined eNCA to discuss the application in the Pretoria High Court to compel the National Prosecuting Authority to make a decision on whether it will prosecute those suspected of being behind the 1985 murder of the Cradock Four. CDH is acting on a pro bono basis for the family of Lukhanyo Calata, and others.

The state of business rescue in South Africa
22 July 2021 Dispute Resolution

The state of business rescue in South Africa

Belinda Scriba, Director in our Dispute Resolution practice joined Newzroom Africa to discuss the state of business rescue in South Africa. One of the major concerns raised is that the country may not have enough business rescue practitioners for the companies already in business rescue, let alone those rescues that are anticipated as a result of the latest civil unrest experienced in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Recent action by the Competition Authority of Kenya
13 July 2021 Competition Law

Recent action by the Competition Authority of Kenya

CDH Kenya Corporate Partner, Njeri Wagacha joined The Situation Room on Spice FM. She discussed recent action by the Competition Authority of Kenya to fine bread manufacturers as part of its consumer protection agenda.

COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policies
29 June 2021 Employment Law

COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policies

Tamsanqa Mila, Senior Associate in our Employment Law practice joined Newzroom Afrika to discuss the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policies. He also gives insight into various COVID-19 employment law related issues in the workplace.

The unintended consequences of living together
15 June 2021 Trusts & Estates

The unintended consequences of living together

Trusts & Estates Senior Associate Linda Coffee-Kotze joined On Point on SABC 3 to contribute to a report on The (un)intended consequences of living together – why you should have a valid Will.

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Digital progression of South Africa's courts
14 September 2021 Dispute Resolution

Digital progression of South Africa's courts

Belinda Scriba, Director in the Dispute Resolution practice joined Cape Talk to discuss the digital progression of South Africa's courts, particularly amid Covid-19 and lockdown. She especially highlights the challenges and solutions in electronic tracing of case files and legal documentation

Njeri Wagacha talks to George Owuor
8 September 2021 Corporate & Commercial

Njeri Wagacha talks to George Owuor

On this month’s podcast Njeri Wagacha talks to George Owuor, Director of Policy, Sub-Saharan Africa, Mastercard. Njeri and George talk about lobbying, the regulation of social media, data protection, cybersecurity, trade and financial services in Africa.

Employees taking taking advantage of the employment relationship while working from home
3 September 2021 Employment Law

Employees taking taking advantage of the employment relationship while working from home

Gillian Lumb, Director in our Employment Law practice joined Cape Talk to discuss various scenarios where employees could be taking advantage of the employment relationship, while working from home. She expands on drinking during working hours, employees inflating work hours, or moonlighting and the legal implications in these circumstances. Gillian explains that employers can put measures in place to monitor their employees' performance while working remotely.

Temporary financial relief scheme around the civil unrest
31 August 2021 Employment Law

Temporary financial relief scheme around the civil unrest

Kgodisho Phashe, Associate in the Employment Law practice joined Kaya FM to talk about the temporary financial relief scheme around the civil unrest in South Africa. Kgodisho discusses the benefits and conditions of the scheme, and who qualifies.