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Potential Increased Water Regulation over Fracking
11 October 2013 Environmental

Potential Increased Water Regulation over Fracking

The Minister of Water Affairs has recently issued a notice of her intention to declare the exploration for and/or production of onshore unconventional oil or gas resources and any activities incidental thereto, including but not limited to, hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") a "controlled activity" under section 38(3) of the National Water Act 36 of 1998 (the "Declaration").

Tax Alert
10 October 2013 Tax & Exchange Control

Tax Alert

BPR 156 dealt with the question of whether (or to what extent) a pension annuity and a retirement lump sum benefit will be taxable in South Africa, if it is received by or accrues to a person who is not a resident of South Africa, from a South African registered pension fund.

Data Protection and Privacy Alert
9 October 2013 Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Data Protection and Privacy Alert

With the recent approval and passing of the Protection of Personal Information Bill (Bill) by the National Assembly and its impending enactment upon signature by the President, private and public entities will have to consider and implement processes and procedures to ensure compliance with the far reaching obligations imposed by the Bill.

Corporate and Commercial Alert
7 October 2013 Corporate & Commercial

Corporate and Commercial Alert

Two recent cases decided in relation to the Companies Act, No 71 of 2008 have highlighted important practical issues in company law relating to the constitutional documents of a company and the liability of directors in personal liability companies.

Employment Alert
7 October 2013 Employment

Employment Alert

As a general rule litigants are entitled to legal representation at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) arbitrations unless the issue relates to an alleged unfair dismissal and that the reason for the dismissal relates to the employees alleged misconduct or incapacity.

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Competition Alert
14 October 2008 Competition

Competition Alert

Following a final round of amendments, the Parliamentary process regarding the Competition Amendment Bill...

Competition Alert
14 October 2008 Competition

Competition Alert

In the last two months, the Competition Commission has launched investigations into the concrete and brick...

Real Estate Matters
1 October 2008 Real Estate

Real Estate Matters

In the recent case of Picardi Hotels Ltd v Thekweni Properties (Pty) Ltd 2008 SCA 128, the Supreme Court...

Employment Matters
17 September 2008 Employment

Employment Matters

Restraint of trade finds its place in the South African legal system as a means to protect the interests of the party in...

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An agent's right to commission
2 January 2008 Dispute Resolution

An agent's right to commission

An agent will have a claim for commission on a sale agreement if he introduced the parties to one another, thereby being the effective cause of the sale.

Beware the bogeyman
6 November 2004 Black Economic Empowerment (BEE)

Beware the bogeyman

The macro-economic rationale that lies at the heart of black economic empowerment (BEE) is to address the...

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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.