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    2020 a slow year for dealmaking in Africa, but post-pandemic opportunities look promising - Part 3
    2020 a slow year for dealmaking in Africa, but post-pandemic opportunities look promising - Part 3

    In the final part of this three-part series, we analyse M&A data from Kenya, Mozambique and Nigeria...

    By Wildu du Plessis and Morne van der Merwe 1 Mar 2021

    Morocco set to legalise cannabis production for medical use
    Morocco set to legalise cannabis production for medical use

    Morocco plans to allow the farming, export and domestic sale of cannabis for medical and industrial use, the government said on Thursday, 25 February...

    26 Feb 2021

    Why it pays to link products to places - and how African countries can do it
    Why it pays to link products to places - and how African countries can do it

    How geographical indications can provide economic and financial advantages to a product's place of origin...

    By Samuel Samiai Andrews 24 Feb 2021

    Biden administration moves to rejoin UN Human Rights Council
    Biden administration moves to rejoin UN Human Rights Council

    US President Joe Biden's administration will reengage with the United Nations Human Rights Council, three years after former...

    8 Feb 2021

    Uganda opposition leader Bobi Wine files election challenge in court
    Uganda opposition leader Bobi Wine files election challenge in court

    KAMPALA, Uganda - Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine filed a legal challenge in the country's supreme court on Monday seeking cancellation of the results of last month's presidential election that handed victory to incumbent Yoweri Museveni, his party's lawyer said...

    1 Feb 2021

    Wildu du Plessis
    #BizTrends2021: Key industry group trends in post-pandemic Africa

    In the midst of the planetary emergency of climate change, Covid-19 is testing modern civilisation's preparedness for shocks, across the spheres of finance, economics and technology; global, national and regional governance; global and population health; social cohesion and food security. This is according to Baker McKenzie's new report, Unprecedented: Converging Crises...

    By Wildu du Plessis 6 Jan 2021

    Kenyan coastal community beats lead polluter in court
    Kenyan coastal community beats lead polluter in court

    It was touted locally as one of the biggest campaigns of the decade when, in 2016, Kenyan environmentalist Phyllis Omido took up the fight against lead poisoning by a lead-acid batteries recycling smelter...

    By Christabel Ligami 31 Dec 2020

    Bushiri extradition request served on Malawi authorities
    Bushiri extradition request served on Malawi authorities

    The Justice and Correctional Services Ministry has kick-started the process to extradite fugitives Shepard and Mary Bushiri who escaped the country while facing criminal charges...

    7 Dec 2020

    Government investigating Bushiris' escape
    Government investigating Bushiris' escape

    Government has reiterated its commitment to investigating and swiftly extraditing fugitive evangelical couple, Shepard and Mary Bushiri, who daringly escaped from the country while facing criminal charges...

    23 Nov 2020

    Extradition process begins for Bushiris
    Extradition process begins for Bushiris

    The South African government has initiated an extradition process in an effort to retrieve two fugitives, who last week unlawfully left the country for Malawi while facing a criminal trial...

    16 Nov 2020

    Remote-work visas will shape the future of work, travel and citizenship
    Remote-work visas will shape the future of work, travel and citizenship

    Smaller countries have been competing for tourists for years. New remote work visas suggest they are now competing for citizens...

    By Dave Cook 7 Sep 2020

    The best interests of the child require detention to be used as a last resort. Shutterstock
    How South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe measure up on child offenders

    Around the world, hundreds of thousands of children are not free. They are deprived of their liberty in settings such as migration holding camps and criminal justice processes.

    By Rongedzayi Fambasayi & Admark Moyo 13 Aug 2020

    A volume of the Law of Kenya sits on a judge’s desk during trial. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images
    Kenya is struggling to deliver justice online: what needs to be done

    Kenya ordered the closure of courtrooms to the public in April in keeping with government measures to limit gatherings and mitigate the spread of Covid-19...

    By Mercy Muendo 12 Aug 2020

    The African Continental Free Trade Area - from agreement to implementation
    The African Continental Free Trade Area - from agreement to implementation

    The Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was brokered by the African Union (AU) and adopted by 44 of its 55 member states on 21 March 2018. By February 2019, all AU countries, save for Eritrea, had become signatories to the AfCFTA, which came into force on 30 May 2019...

    By Robyn Berger, Theunis Claassen and Catherine Robson 30 Jun 2020

    #YouthMonth: Resource Compass to help youth during Covid-19
    #YouthMonth: Resource Compass to help youth during Covid-19

    Global law firm Baker McKenzie has partnered with organisations including the Centre for International Rights to create the Youth Rights Resource Compass, a website that directs young people, as well as those who advocate for them, to the entities, organisations, governmental and other agencies that are open and available to them during Covid-19...

    17 Jun 2020

    Covid-19 and its impact on loans and real estate arrangements
    Covid-19 and its impact on loans and real estate arrangements

    In the wake of the spread of the Covid-19 global pandemic, the real estate and loan markets in Kenya are bound to be affected...

    By Loice Erambo 29 Apr 2020

    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



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