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Namibia publishes competition policy document
16 April 2021 Competition Law

Namibia publishes competition policy document

On 8 December 2020, the Namibian Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade published its first national competition policy document, “Growth at home National Competition Policy, 2020 – 2025” (NCP). Although the NCP was only published in December 2020, it was adopted and approved by Cabinet in August 2020.

Key competition law updates in Africa: Part 1
16 April 2021 Competition Law

Key competition law updates in Africa: Part 1

This alert will form part of a three-part series and will cover key competition law developments at the COMESA Competition Commission and Namibian Competition Commission in the first quarter of 2021.

COIDA for domestic workers
15 April 2021 Employment Law

COIDA for domestic workers

Employment Law Director Jose Jorge joined Lunch with Pippa Hudson on Cape Talk for a discussion around registering your domestic worker for COIDA. In it, he looks at how to ensure you properly register your domestic worker or gardener for the compensation fund, and explains the obligations around the recent ruling.

Green hydrogen: The new kid on the green energy block and its potential environmental permitting requirements and challenges
14 April 2021 Environmental Law

Green hydrogen: The new kid on the green energy block and its potential environmental permitting requirements and challenges

South Africa has made significant strides in recent years with renewable energy and its transition towards a low carbon economy. Onshore wind and solar photovoltaic power plants have dominated the renewable energy landscape, however renewable technologies are evolving at a rapid pace with new technologies and exciting offshoots coming to the fore. One such technology offshoot is the production of green hydrogen from renewable energy facilities, which is emerging as a promising fuel alternative, with the World Economic Forum identifying it as one of the top 10 emerging technologies.

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Namibia publishes competition policy document
16 April 2021 Competition Law

Namibia publishes competition policy document

On 8 December 2020, the Namibian Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade published its first national competition policy document, “Growth at home National Competition Policy, 2020 – 2025” (NCP). Although the NCP was only published in December 2020, it was adopted and approved by Cabinet in August 2020.

Key competition law updates in Africa: Part 1
16 April 2021 Competition Law

Key competition law updates in Africa: Part 1

This alert will form part of a three-part series and will cover key competition law developments at the COMESA Competition Commission and Namibian Competition Commission in the first quarter of 2021.

Green hydrogen: The new kid on the green energy block and its potential environmental permitting requirements and challenges
14 April 2021 Environmental Law

Green hydrogen: The new kid on the green energy block and its potential environmental permitting requirements and challenges

South Africa has made significant strides in recent years with renewable energy and its transition towards a low carbon economy. Onshore wind and solar photovoltaic power plants have dominated the renewable energy landscape, however renewable technologies are evolving at a rapid pace with new technologies and exciting offshoots coming to the fore. One such technology offshoot is the production of green hydrogen from renewable energy facilities, which is emerging as a promising fuel alternative, with the World Economic Forum identifying it as one of the top 10 emerging technologies.

Let the people strike! Court guides State on the nature of guidelines
13 April 2021 Employment Law

Let the people strike! Court guides State on the nature of guidelines

In the case of Association of Mine Workers and Construction Union (AMCU) v The Minister of Employment and Labour (06 April 2021), the North Gauteng High Court (NGHC) set aside the Guidelines issued by the Minister of Employment and labour (the Minister) providing for the system of voting contemplated in section 95(9) of the LRA. Paragraphs 9.1 - 9.6 of the Guidelines contained mandatory requirements for balloting before a strike could be called by a Trade Union.

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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.

Directors and Insolvency
23 March 2021 Business Rescue, Restructuring & Insolvency

Directors and Insolvency

The duty of a director is owed to the company. However, if a company is in financial difficulties this duty is owed to the company’s creditors so as to minimise the loss to creditors.

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COVID-19 Vaccine
4 February 2021 Employment Law

COVID-19 Vaccine

South Africa's first batch of vaccines were delivered this week. While the distribution is being seen as key to the ending the pandemic, on Monday night President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that government had no intention making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory. Employment Law Director Phetheni Nkuna joined Newzroom Afrika's News @ Prime to unpack the intricacies around the legislative landscape and the question of vaccinations in the workplace.

Vaccinations policy in the workplace
18 January 2021 Employment Law

Vaccinations policy in the workplace

Hugo Pienaar, Director in the Employment Law practice featured on an eNCA interview discussing the vaccinations policy in the workplace and the ten legal principles that should be considered when deciding to create or implement such a policy.

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COIDA for domestic workers
15 April 2021 Employment Law

COIDA for domestic workers

Employment Law Director Jose Jorge joined Lunch with Pippa Hudson on Cape Talk for a discussion around registering your domestic worker for COIDA. In it, he looks at how to ensure you properly register your domestic worker or gardener for the compensation fund, and explains the obligations around the recent ruling.

Reporting Fraud
12 April 2021 Dispute Resolution

Reporting Fraud

Dispute Resolution Director Corne Lewis joined 'The Honest Truth' with Benito Vergotine on Smile FM to take a look at when you should you report fraud, and when the decision to report fraud could put you in legal danger.

Employees exposing themselves to COVID-19
7 April 2021 Employment Law

Employees exposing themselves to COVID-19

Employment Law Director Bongani Masuku recently joined Channel Africa to take a look at whether or not employees can be disciplined for conduct outside of the workplace that involves recklessly exposing themselves to COVID-19