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What amendments to Kenya's digital tax law mean for SMEs
What amendments to Kenya's digital tax law mean for SMEs

Digital traders would likely have heard of the recent changes to the Income Tax and VAT Acts introduced by the Finance Act, 2019 (the Act)...

By John Syekei, Nikhil Hira, Denis Magonga and Angela Mukora 26 Feb 2020

UN ruling could be a game-changer for climate refugees and climate action
UN ruling could be a game-changer for climate refugees and climate action

The recent ruling by the United Nations that governments cannot return people to countries where their lives might be threatened by climate change is a potential game-changer...

By Yvonne Su 29 Jan 2020

Impact of free trade area in Africa will be huge
Impact of free trade area in Africa will be huge

Member States of the African Union (AU) have a combined population of over 1.2 billion people and gross domestic product of more than $3.4 trillion - yet the continent accounts for less than 3% of world trade...

By Andrew Skipper 21 Jan 2020

Digital traders will not escape taxation. Create Jobs 51/Shutterstock
Kenya's tax on digital trade and services: what's known and not known

Kenya will start levying new tax on digital markets under a new law signed by the president early in November...

By Mercy Muendo 9 Dec 2019

Cyber insecurity is a threat to Africa’s digital economy. Riccardo Mayer/Shutterstock
What's been done to fight cybercrime in East Africa

East Africa attracts millions of tourists every year. Over the past 10 years, its earnings from tourism have doubled. Compared to the rest of Africa, the region is experiencing healthy economic growth. This makes it a promising investment destination...

By Mercy Muendo 3 Dec 2019

Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act signed into law
Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act signed into law

President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Act which constitutes the nation's unprecedented statutory recognition of the Khoi-San communities, leaders and structures...

29 Nov 2019

Unpacking the Competition Commission's Grocery Retail Market Inquiry report
Unpacking the Competition Commission's Grocery Retail Market Inquiry report

On Monday, 25 November 2019, the Competition Commission published the final report in relation to its Grocery Retail Market Inquiry. The inquiry sought to elucidate features of the grocery retail market that have resulted in reduced competition...

By Angelo Tzarevski, Ryan McKerrow and Kirsty Gibson 27 Nov 2019

Call for SA's major supermarkets to drop exclusive leases with malls
Call for SA's major supermarkets to drop exclusive leases with malls

The Competition Commission has found that there's no compelling justification for major supermarkets to have exclusive lease agreements with shopping malls...

27 Nov 2019

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Financial services need to wake up to fact that treating customers well is good business

South Africa's regulatory regime for the financial services sector is going through major changes. The question is whether companies can adapt to a principles-based approach...

By Andrew Schmulow 19 Nov 2019

Illicit mining is carried out on lands sold by traditional rulers. Wikimedia Commons
Ghana's traditional and state powers must collaborate to halt illegal mining

Small-scale mining forms an important sector of Ghana's economy, employing one million people directly and supporting the livelihoods of about 4.5-million people...

By James Boafo 13 Nov 2019

Agreement ensures Khoi, San earn share of Rooibos trade
Agreement ensures Khoi, San earn share of Rooibos trade

The Khoi-Khoi and San communities are set to benefit from the commercialisation of Rooibos, following the signing of a historic Access and Benefit-sharing agreement...

4 Nov 2019

Why Ghana's plans to reform its legal profession are flawed
Why Ghana's plans to reform its legal profession are flawed

The way Ghana produces lawyers is in a confused state. And it's beginning to be felt in the legal profession in general...

By Clement Kojo Akapame 29 Oct 2019

Alastair Tempest and Mpho Sekwele from EFSA.
EFSA launches Africa's first e-commerce Trustmark

The Ecommerce Forum South Africa has launched its Safe.Shop Trustmark. The EFSA provides the Trustmark badge to e-commerce platforms that have been confirmed as being compliant...

24 Oct 2019

Expat tax exemptions: No double taxation
Expat tax exemptions: No double taxation

On 1 March 2020, an amendment to the foreign employment income exemption comes into operation. There have been misperceptions about those expatriates that will be affected by this change to the tax law...

By Graeme Palmer 18 Oct 2019

AfCFTA under the spotlight at ISO assembly
AfCFTA under the spotlight at ISO assembly

Support for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement formed part of discussions at the 42nd General Assembly of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), currently underway in Cape Town...

17 Sep 2019

Partnership to develop solution to complex Carbon Tax calculations
Partnership to develop solution to complex Carbon Tax calculations

Cova Advisory and Xnovos have announced a new partnership to produce a software system to help companies to cope with the demanding requirements of the new Carbon Tax...

12 Sep 2019

Oil and gas is the lifeblood of Nigeria’s economy. Wikimedia Commons
Explainer: how Nigeria got hit with a $9.6bn judgement debt in London

Nigeria has received a legal hiding after a UK court awarded a private company a $9.6bn judgement debt against the West African nation...

By Oludara Akanmidu 11 Sep 2019

Not in my name - gender violence in the workplace
Not in my name - gender violence in the workplace

Employers can play a critical role in stigmatising violence against women and ensuring that perpetrators are ostracised from civilised society. No employer should have any doubt about its ability to dismiss any employee who assaults a female colleague, client or supplier...

By Johan Botes 10 Sep 2019

Mozambique successfully convicts, sentences 2 rhino poachers
Mozambique successfully convicts, sentences 2 rhino poachers

SANParks has lauded the successful conviction and sentencing in Mozambique of two poachers for killing two rhinos in the Limpopo National Park...

3 Sep 2019

Bowmans expands its borders
Bowmans expands its borders

African law firm Bowmans is aiming to unlock more opportunities for its clients and contacts on the African continent with its expansion into Mauritius and Ethiopia...

2 Sep 2019

Image credit: Jonathan Kemper on Unsplash.
Licensing royalties. Cost or marketing investment?

Royalties paid for character licensing is not a direct cost to business - it is a marketing cost to increase sales, help build brands and, more importantly, profit margins...

By Alan Radmall 14 Aug 2019

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NHI one step closer to universal coverage

The much anticipated National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill has officially been released by Parliament - paving the way for public participation and engagement on it...

8 Aug 2019

Climate change emerging as a legal liability risk for lenders in SA
Climate change emerging as a legal liability risk for lenders in SA

Legal liability for climate change is an emerging risk for lenders in South Africa - a risk that is by no means limited to projects in the fossil fuel industry...

7 Aug 2019

Who owns the copyright to AI... and its creative works?
Who owns the copyright to AI... and its creative works?

An AI algorithm, or more specifically the written code, encompassing both the source code and object code, would be categorised as a "computer program" under South African laws and is protected by the law of copyright...

By Fatima Ameer-Mia and Lee Shacksnovis 5 Aug 2019

Captive lion breeding in South Africa: the case for a total ban
Captive lion breeding in South Africa: the case for a total ban

A new report by global NGO, World Animal Protection, provides a damning indictment on the captive predator breeding industry.

31 Jul 2019

Advisory panel releases final land reform report
Advisory panel releases final land reform report

The Presidential Expert Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture has proposed for the amendment of the Constitution that clarifies that expropriation without compensation may be necessary in limited circumstances...

29 Jul 2019

Mauritius is a popular tax haven. Image source: Getty/Gallo
#MauritiusLeaks shows the urgent need to combat profit shifting

According to a recent expose, Mauritius (ranked in the top 15 corporate tax havens, with a statutory corporate tax rate of 3%) is another favourite destination of transnational companies (TNCs)...

23 Jul 2019

What do South Africans think about SA's proposed Tobacco Bill?
What do South Africans think about SA's proposed Tobacco Bill?

The general public views the burgeoning growth of illegal cigarette sales in the country as of far greater importance to address, than Government's proposed plain packaging for tobacco products...

23 Jul 2019

Ashlin Perumall, senior associate, corporate/M&A practice at Baker McKenzie
How will we regulate blockchain and cryptocurrency in Africa?

While fintech and mobile solutions for money transfers have taken off in Africa, there has been a mixed reaction thus far from governments to the use and regulation of blockchain and cryptocurrency...

17 Jul 2019

Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo attends a confirmation of charges hearing at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. EPA/Michael Kooren
Flirting with fire: African leaders and international law

African leaders often behave in a contradictory way towards international laws, and courts. While speaking out against them, they also voluntarily submit to their scrutiny...

By Marco Bocchese 16 Jul 2019

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