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If 'South Africa is open for Business', then why are we putting up roadblocks for mining investors?
18 September 2018 Corporate & Commercial

If 'South Africa is open for Business', then why are we putting up roadblocks for mining investors?

Until the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as the new leader of the ANC at its December 2017 conference, the clarion call by Government that "South Africa is open for Business" was becoming decidedly hackneyed and hollow. The election of Ramaphosa added a fresh optimism and when the same call was made at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, it was greeted with greater interest and far less scepticism than in the past.

Largest BEE deal in ICT sector drives transformtion
17 September 2018 Corporate & Commercial

Largest BEE deal in ICT sector drives transformtion

For 25 years, CDH has worked with Vodacom to change the lives of South Africans. Over the last 10 years, through the YeboYethu B-BBEE deal, more than 90,000 South Africans were empowered with shares on the JSE. We caught up with some of the shareholders to find out what this landmark deal means to them.

The consequences of riding “roughshod over the established legal process”
17 September 2018 Employment

The consequences of riding “roughshod over the established legal process”

Do political parties have a right to demand meetings with employers regarding contractual employer-employee relations or issues concerning consumer interests? Not according to the recent case of Pitsiladi NO and Others v Ngqisha and Others (1504/2018) [2018] ZAECPEHC 41. The judgment considered whether an interdict should be granted following a political party’s protest action, prompted by the employer’s alleged refusal to meet.

New labour legislation passed by Parliament
17 September 2018 Employment

New labour legislation passed by Parliament

Shane Johnson, Professional Support Lawyer in our from Employment practice, joined Michael Avery on Classic FM to discuss the new labour legislation that has been passed by Parliament.

Largest BEE deal in ICT sector drives transformation
17 September 2018 Corporate & Commercial

Largest BEE deal in ICT sector drives transformation

On 14 September 2018, Vodacom Group and YeboYethu completed a R16.4 billion BEE transaction – the biggest BEE deal in the ICT sector to date – in which Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) was privileged to have acted as lead legal advisor to both Vodacom and YeboYethu.

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An update: Your debts….written off?
22 March 2018 Dispute Resolution

An update: Your debts….written off?

Our previous article on the draft National Credit Amendment Bill, 2018 was published shortly before the scheduled public hearings before the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry. The public hearings took place during the week of 30 January to 2 February 2018. The hearings attracted many industry role players and stakeholders: the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa, Large non-Bank Lender Association, the Black Sash, Cosatu, some individual banks, the Banking Association South Africa, National Clothing Retail Association of South Africa and Summit Finance, to name but a few.

The VAT rate increase and construction contracts
19 March 2018 Real Estate

The VAT rate increase and construction contracts

Following the recent announcement of the increase of the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate to 15%, effective 1 April 2018, there has been much concern regarding the rate of VAT applicable to progressive supplies of goods and services such as construction activities.

Can you rely on CCMA conciliation discussions in subsequent proceedings?
19 March 2018 Employment

Can you rely on CCMA conciliation discussions in subsequent proceedings?

Discussions during CCMA conciliation proceedings are private, confidential and conducted on a without prejudice basis. According to rule 16 of the CCMA Rules, no person may refer to anything said in conciliation proceedings in any subsequent proceedings, unless the parties agree to this in writing. Is this a blanket rule or is there room for some disclosure? In February 2018, the Constitutional Court gave us an answer.

Recent developments in the PBO arena - tax compliance in the religious sector and general tax provisions applicable to PBOs
16 March 2018 Tax & Exchange Control

Recent developments in the PBO arena - tax compliance in the religious sector and general tax provisions applicable to PBOs

On 26 January 2018 the South African Revenue Service (SARS) issued a media release (Media Statement) regarding its intention to investigate possible tax non-compliance in the religious sector. In this article we will discuss the issues raised by SARS in the Media Statement as well as some of the relevant legal provisions that have to be met in order for organisations, including religious organisations, to be approved as a public benefit organisation (PBO).

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Downfall by
2 February 2008 Dispute Resolution

Downfall by "Domicilium"

It is common practice to include a domicilium address where service of notices may be delivered.

Mother in law to the rescue?
2 February 2008 Dispute Resolution

Mother in law to the rescue?

Christos Costas had two substantial judgements granted against him. He decided to sell his holiday home in Cape Town.

A name is worth a thousand suits
1 February 2008 Dispute Resolution

A name is worth a thousand suits

The Supreme Court of Appeal recently handed down a decision confirming that a name can be protected against any unauthorised use or publication.

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Employment tax incentives
10 March 2016 Tax & Exchange Control

Employment tax incentives

Nicole Paulsen, associate in the Tax and Exchange Control practice speaks about employment tax incentives and how it expires.