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Draft Regulations relating to water use licences for onshore unconventional oil and gas exploration and production published for public comment
17 May 2021 Environmental Law

Draft Regulations relating to water use licences for onshore unconventional oil and gas exploration and production published for public comment

On 7 May 2021, the Minister of the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation (DHSWS) published the ‘Regulations for the use of water for exploration and production of onshore naturally occurring hydrocarbons that require stimulation, including hydraulic fracturing and underground coal gasification, to extract and any activity incidental thereto that may impact detrimentally on the water resource’ (the Draft Regulations), in terms of section 28(1)(g) of the National Water Act 36 of 1998 (NWA), for public comment. In this alert, we unpack the key provisions introduced by the Draft Regulations, which focus exclusively on water use licences (WUL) required for onshore exploration and production operations for unconventional oil or gas development and regulate the exploration for shale gas through the use of hydraulic fracturing.

Telemedicine: Band-aid or long-term solution?
17 May 2021 Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals

Telemedicine: Band-aid or long-term solution?

COVID-19 highlighted the necessity of having a viable telemedicine regime as a ‘safety net’ to ensure continued access to healthcare services whilst maximising social distancing. We now have an opportunity to better understand the challenges and exploit the benefits of telemedicine services.

The Department to the rescue: Vaccine funding for uninsured workers
17 May 2021 Employment Law

The Department to the rescue: Vaccine funding for uninsured workers

On 14 May 2021, the Minister of the Department of Employment and Labour (Department) announced that through the Compensation Fund, in partnership with Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA) and Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance (FEMA), R1,35 billion has been set aside for the procurement of vaccines for approximately three million workers who are not covered by a medical aid scheme (Vaccination Scheme).

Extended COVID-19 Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) Benefits Update
17 May 2021 Employment Law

Extended COVID-19 Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) Benefits Update

On 20 April 2021, the Minister of Employment and Labour, Thembelani Nxesi, published a further Direction Providing COVID-19 TERS Benefits for Certain Categories of Employees (Updated Direction). The purpose of the Updated Direction is to make the process of applying for TERS benefits less cumbersome in order to ensure that employees who qualify, are more likely to receive the benefit.

The COVID-19 Vaccination Injury No-Fault Compensation Scheme
17 May 2021 Employment Law

The COVID-19 Vaccination Injury No-Fault Compensation Scheme

On 22 April 2021, the Minister of Co-operative Governance published the regulations (Regulations) establishing a COVID-19 Vaccination Injury No-Fault Compensation Scheme (Scheme). The purpose of the Scheme is to provide compensation to persons who have suffered harm, loss, or damages as a result of a “vaccine injury”.

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Draft Regulations relating to water use licences for onshore unconventional oil and gas exploration and production published for public comment
17 May 2021 Environmental Law

Draft Regulations relating to water use licences for onshore unconventional oil and gas exploration and production published for public comment

On 7 May 2021, the Minister of the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation (DHSWS) published the ‘Regulations for the use of water for exploration and production of onshore naturally occurring hydrocarbons that require stimulation, including hydraulic fracturing and underground coal gasification, to extract and any activity incidental thereto that may impact detrimentally on the water resource’ (the Draft Regulations), in terms of section 28(1)(g) of the National Water Act 36 of 1998 (NWA), for public comment. In this alert, we unpack the key provisions introduced by the Draft Regulations, which focus exclusively on water use licences (WUL) required for onshore exploration and production operations for unconventional oil or gas development and regulate the exploration for shale gas through the use of hydraulic fracturing.

Telemedicine: Band-aid or long-term solution?
17 May 2021 Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals

Telemedicine: Band-aid or long-term solution?

COVID-19 highlighted the necessity of having a viable telemedicine regime as a ‘safety net’ to ensure continued access to healthcare services whilst maximising social distancing. We now have an opportunity to better understand the challenges and exploit the benefits of telemedicine services.

The Department to the rescue: Vaccine funding for uninsured workers
17 May 2021 Employment Law

The Department to the rescue: Vaccine funding for uninsured workers

On 14 May 2021, the Minister of the Department of Employment and Labour (Department) announced that through the Compensation Fund, in partnership with Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA) and Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance (FEMA), R1,35 billion has been set aside for the procurement of vaccines for approximately three million workers who are not covered by a medical aid scheme (Vaccination Scheme).

Extended COVID-19 Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) Benefits Update
17 May 2021 Employment Law

Extended COVID-19 Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) Benefits Update

On 20 April 2021, the Minister of Employment and Labour, Thembelani Nxesi, published a further Direction Providing COVID-19 TERS Benefits for Certain Categories of Employees (Updated Direction). The purpose of the Updated Direction is to make the process of applying for TERS benefits less cumbersome in order to ensure that employees who qualify, are more likely to receive the benefit.

The COVID-19 Vaccination Injury No-Fault Compensation Scheme
17 May 2021 Employment Law

The COVID-19 Vaccination Injury No-Fault Compensation Scheme

On 22 April 2021, the Minister of Co-operative Governance published the regulations (Regulations) establishing a COVID-19 Vaccination Injury No-Fault Compensation Scheme (Scheme). The purpose of the Scheme is to provide compensation to persons who have suffered harm, loss, or damages as a result of a “vaccine injury”.

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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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Exclusion of adopted children as beneficiaries
29 April 2021 Trusts & Estates

Exclusion of adopted children as beneficiaries

Johann Jacobs, Consultant in our Trusts & Estates practice joined eNCA to discuss the landmark Constitutional Court ruling, that ruled against the exclusion of adopted children as beneficiaries. He unpacks the implications of the ruling.

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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The rise in Tattleware
10 May 2021 Employment Law

The rise in Tattleware

Employment Law Director Phetheni Nkuna joined Breakfast with Refilwe Moloto on Cape Talk, to discuss the rise in Tattleware and whether or not your employee has the right to watch your every move.

Njeri Wagacha speaks to Dr Willard Mwemba - Part 2
6 May 2021 Competition Law

Njeri Wagacha speaks to Dr Willard Mwemba - Part 2

On this month’s podcast Njeri Wagacha speaks to Dr. Willard Mwemba Acting Director and Chief Executive Officer of the COMESA Competition Commission (CCC) on his passion for competition law, mergers, criticism and the birth of a supra-national competition authority. In Part 2 of the podcast, Dr. Willard addresses specific questions of interest to any competition law practitioners!

Njeri Wagacha speaks to Dr. Willard Mwemba
6 May 2021 Competition Law

Njeri Wagacha speaks to Dr. Willard Mwemba

On this month’s podcast Njeri Wagacha speaks to Dr. Willard Mwemba Acting Director and Chief Executive Officer of the COMESA Competition Commission (CCC) on his passion for competition law, mergers, criticism and the birth of a supra-national competition authority.

Domestic workers being covered by CODIA
22 April 2021 Employment Law

Domestic workers being covered by CODIA

Thabang Rapuleng, Director in our Employment Law practice joined Kaya FM to discuss domestic workers being covered by CODIA ,which is the Compensation for Injuries and Occupational Diseases Act. He explains the process, and what employers need to do to accurately register their domestic workers.