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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 11 hours ago

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

The Central Bank of Kenya has financial inclusion in its stewardship of the financial system. Shutterstock
Why central banks need to take human rights more seriously

Many central banks are rethinking their approach to the environmental and social impact of their operations...

By Danny Bradlow 15 Jul 2019

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Striking the right balance between honouring a brand and violating a trade mark

Social media has many good attributes both on a personal and business level, and it has also evolved into a connector of cultures and movements - think of the various challenges that have taken social media by storm..

By Zama Buthelezi & Megan Reimers 8 Jul 2019

The coal plant would be about 20km from Lamu town - a Unesco world heritage site. Shutterstock/Jen Watson
Court stops construction of Kenya's coal power plant. Here's why

Kenyan judges have stopped plans to construct the country's first ever coal-powered plant near the coastal town of Lamu, a Unesco World Heritage Site...

By Moina Spooner 1 Jul 2019

Finding South Africa's place in the emerging cannabis industry
Finding South Africa's place in the emerging cannabis industry

The African Cannabis Report (March 2019) by Prohibition Partners has estimated that in 2023 the total market value of South African cannabis industry will be around $1.8 billion (assuming there is wholesale legislation and regulation of the cannabis industry)...

By Romeo Tsusi 26 Jun 2019

Global cryptocurrency regulation standards expected in June
Global cryptocurrency regulation standards expected in June

During a speech at Consenus 2019, Sigal Mandelker, the US Treasury's Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, reiterated the projection that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will adopt international standards for cryptocurrency-based services in June 2019...

By Christopher Murrer and Dean Joffe 14 Jun 2019

Botswana High Court landmark ruling a major win for LGBT rights in Africa
Botswana High Court landmark ruling a major win for LGBT rights in Africa

On 11 June 2019, the Botswana High Court ruled in favour of the case of LM vs the Attorney General of Botswana that challenged the constitutionality of the Botswana Penal Code, which criminalised same-sex sexual conduct between consenting adults...

12 Jun 2019

How social media has become a breeding ground for counterfeit sales
How social media has become a breeding ground for counterfeit sales

As much as people love social media, there is a dark side to it too - one involving counterfeit goods and billions of Rands of lost revenue for companies and governments the world over...

7 Jun 2019

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U-turn in cannabis regulations opens up market

Until a week ago, CBD, the active non-psychoactive ingredient within cannabis which cannot make users high, was considered a scheduled substance in terms of the schedules to the Medicines Act...

By Megan Adderley, Rodney Africa, Adriano Esterhuizen & Deerah Pillay-Lungoomiah 3 Jun 2019

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#FairnessFirst: A picture tells a thousand words, but should it?

People are never just a means to your journalistic end, especially when it comes to children. Their stories are our work, and when you work to add their authentic voices, it automatically changes the angle of the story for the better. But what about images of children in news articles? Media Monitoring Africa and the UCT Children's Institute media workshop on 22 May at the Doubletree Hilton...

By Leigh Andrews 3 Jun 2019

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