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Proposed update to South Africa’s First Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC)
12 April 2021 Environmental Law

Proposed update to South Africa’s First Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC)

South Africa’s updated NDC in terms of the Paris Agreement sets out South Africa’s contributions to the global climate effort. The purpose of this infographic is to provide a summary of the South Africa’s greenhouse gas targets, climate change adaptation goals, finance support requirements and long term decarbonisation plans as set out in the updated NDC.

Changes to the timelines for compliance with the local shareholding requirements in the Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) sector in Kenya
12 April 2021 Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Changes to the timelines for compliance with the local shareholding requirements in the Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) sector in Kenya

On 9 April 2021, Gazette Notice Number 3192 (the Notice) was published in the Kenya Gazette for purposes of amending the National ICT Policy Guidelines, 2020 (the Policy Guidelines). The Notice seeks to amend and clarify the timelines for compliance with the requirement for licensees in the ICT sector to have a minimum Kenyan shareholding of 30% (the Equity Requirement). This alert provides a summary of the changes made to the Policy Guidelines through the Notice.

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.

Congratulations to CDH’s  newly-promoted Directors
9 April 2021

Congratulations to CDH’s newly-promoted Directors

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) is pleased to announce the promotion of three Senior Associates to Directors, effective 1 April 2021. Congratulations to Anli Bezuidenhout in CDH’s Employment Law practice, and Margo-Ann Werner and Ryan Alho – who have both been promoted in the firm’s Corporate & Commercial practice.

SARS urges taxpayer compliance on rentals in the property sector
8 April 2021 Tax & Exchange Control

SARS urges taxpayer compliance on rentals in the property sector

Many individuals who own residential property located in South Africa, for various reasons, consider leasing out their property and in return receive rental income from their tenants. Private property rentals are a common consideration for individuals seeking to generate income from a pastime activity to supplement their main income streams, and in some cases, can be a profitable way of doing business.

POPIA compliance checklist
8 April 2021 Technology, Media & Telecommunications

POPIA compliance checklist

The operative provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPIA) came into effect on 1 July 2020, with a grace period of a year in which companies must ensure that they are compliant. Companies must ensure that their business practices and the way they interact with customers, clients or consumers adhere to the requisite privacy laws, as well as confirming that the way they collect, store or process their employees’ information aligns with the protections set out in POPIA.

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Proposed update to South Africa’s First Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC)
12 April 2021 Environmental Law

Proposed update to South Africa’s First Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC)

South Africa’s updated NDC in terms of the Paris Agreement sets out South Africa’s contributions to the global climate effort. The purpose of this infographic is to provide a summary of the South Africa’s greenhouse gas targets, climate change adaptation goals, finance support requirements and long term decarbonisation plans as set out in the updated NDC.

Changes to the timelines for compliance with the local shareholding requirements in the Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) sector in Kenya
12 April 2021 Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Changes to the timelines for compliance with the local shareholding requirements in the Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) sector in Kenya

On 9 April 2021, Gazette Notice Number 3192 (the Notice) was published in the Kenya Gazette for purposes of amending the National ICT Policy Guidelines, 2020 (the Policy Guidelines). The Notice seeks to amend and clarify the timelines for compliance with the requirement for licensees in the ICT sector to have a minimum Kenyan shareholding of 30% (the Equity Requirement). This alert provides a summary of the changes made to the Policy Guidelines through the Notice.

Congratulations to CDH’s  newly-promoted Directors
9 April 2021

Congratulations to CDH’s newly-promoted Directors

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) is pleased to announce the promotion of three Senior Associates to Directors, effective 1 April 2021. Congratulations to Anli Bezuidenhout in CDH’s Employment Law practice, and Margo-Ann Werner and Ryan Alho – who have both been promoted in the firm’s Corporate & Commercial practice.

SARS urges taxpayer compliance on rentals in the property sector
8 April 2021 Tax & Exchange Control

SARS urges taxpayer compliance on rentals in the property sector

Many individuals who own residential property located in South Africa, for various reasons, consider leasing out their property and in return receive rental income from their tenants. Private property rentals are a common consideration for individuals seeking to generate income from a pastime activity to supplement their main income streams, and in some cases, can be a profitable way of doing business.

POPIA compliance checklist
8 April 2021 Technology, Media & Telecommunications

POPIA compliance checklist

The operative provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPIA) came into effect on 1 July 2020, with a grace period of a year in which companies must ensure that they are compliant. Companies must ensure that their business practices and the way they interact with customers, clients or consumers adhere to the requisite privacy laws, as well as confirming that the way they collect, store or process their employees’ information aligns with the protections set out in POPIA.

It’s on the house - revisiting the accession principle
7 April 2021 Real Estate

It’s on the house - revisiting the accession principle

Movable property, described in a manner that renders it readily recognisable, may be pledged by a mortgagor in a special notarial bond in terms of section 1(1) of the Security by Means of Movable Property Act 57 of 1993. Having seen an increase in the registration of complex notarial bonds recently, it has become important to revisit when a movable thing will become immovable for purposes of registering special notarial bonds.

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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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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

Nomlayo Mabhena named the youngest black conveyancer
26 March 2021 Dispute Resolution

Nomlayo Mabhena named the youngest black conveyancer

Dispute Resolution Associate, Nomlayo Mabhena, was recently named the youngest black female attorney to be admitted as a conveyancer. She joined SAFM's Late Night Conversation with Patricia Ntuli to discuss her achievement and to unpack the complexities of transformation within the real estate and law industries.