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Companies prepare for the CIPC's new compliance checklist
Companies prepare for the CIPC's new compliance checklistArticle

The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) has introduced a new requirement for all South African companies to declare their compliance with specific sections of the Companies Act...

Madelein Burger, Elodie Maume, Cindy Leibowitz, and Marina Hodgkinson 3 days ago

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Environmental considerations for self-generation regimeArticle

Besides the obviouts dialogue about legislative amendments needed for mining companies to generate their own power, there is also the question of whether the minister consulted with other relevant departments in ensuring this policy decision is given due effect...

Gillian Niven & Paula-Ann Novotny 18 Feb 2020

How the AARTO Act will impact employers
How the AARTO Act will impact employersArticle

South Africa experiences an alarmingly high amount of road accidents (and consequential fatalities and injuries) annually which has the effect of costing the country billions in rands every year...

Dhevarsha Ramjettan, Kalene Watson, Shane Johnson 17 Feb 2020

Sandra Sithole, partner, Webber Wentzel
Insuring against climate and technology risks for mining companies and directorsArticle

Rising concern about climate change and the risks associated with advancing technology are changing the risk landscape for mining operators and, increasingly, for their directors on a personal level...

Sandra Sithole 12 Feb 2020

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Can mines now generate their own power?Article

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, created a flurry of headlines when he told the Investing in African Mining Indaba that mines could generate their own electricity...

Jason van der Poel, Mzukisi Kota & Alexandra Felekis 10 Feb 2020

Higher degree of care required when dealing with children
Higher degree of care required when dealing with childrenArticle

The tragic death of 13-year-old, Enoch Mpianzi from Parktown Boys' High School who drowned at a school orientation camp in the North West on 15 January 2020 has yet again brought into the spotlight the duty of those responsible for children and the standard of care required when dealing with children...

Sandra Sithole 31 Jan 2020

How will Brexit affect your trade mark in the UK?
How will Brexit affect your trade mark in the UK?Article

The UK parliament has now ratified the EU Withdrawal Agreement that will enable the UK to formally "leave" the EU on 31 January 2020. This date will mark the beginning of an 11 month transition period, with the true exit date currently set as 31 December 2020 (Exit Day)...

Ghadieja Khan, Leanne Mostert, Bernadette Versfeld and Carla Collett 30 Jan 2020

Leanne Mostert, partner, Webber Wentzel
6 things every miner ought to know about AIArticle

Artificial intelligence (AI) offers prospecting and mining operations a greater ability to target likely mineral deposits, plan new mine developments in difficult terrain, control autonomous vehicles and improve recovery rates from diamond sorting or other minerals processing...

Leanne Mostert 24 Jan 2020

More time for mining industry to comply with FP Regulations
More time for mining industry to comply with FP RegulationsArticle

On 17 January 2020, the long-awaited notice extending the transitional timeframe for compliance with the Financial Provisioning Regulations, 2015 (FP Regulations) was published by Minister Creecy (Extension Notice)...

Garyn Rapson, Gillian Niven and Paula-Ann Novotny 23 Jan 2020

Court develops common law allowing for services as compensation for future medical damages
Court develops common law allowing for services as compensation for future medical damagesArticle

In a recent landmark judgment, MSM obo KBM v The Member of the Executive Council for Health, Gauteng Provincial Government, the Gauteng High Court handed down a ruling in December 2019 in which it developed the common law to allow for payment of future damages by providing services instead of money in certain medical negligence cases involving State hospitals...

Sandra Sithole 20 Jan 2020

Former Prasa employee ordered to pay damages for CV fraud
Former Prasa employee ordered to pay damages for CV fraudArticle

In a recent case, Passenger Rail Agency v Mr Daniel Mthimkhulu the High Court ordered a former executive employee to pay his old employer an amount of approximately R5.7 million in damages for misrepresenting his qualifications...

Dhevarsha Ramjettan, Shane Johnson, and Kgololego Pooe 10 Jan 2020

#BestofBiz 2019: Legal
#BestofBiz 2019: LegalArticle

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views. Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Legal site over the past year below...

16 Dec 2019

Could pilots, cabin crew and ground staff be prohibited from striking?
Could pilots, cabin crew and ground staff be prohibited from striking?Article

The seven-day strike by leading unions at South African Airways representing cabin crew, ground staff and technical staff has raised calls from some political quarters to declare aviation an essential service...

Pamela Stein 25 Nov 2019

New exception to the loop structure prohibition for private individuals
New exception to the loop structure prohibition for private individualsArticle

South Africa's exchange control regulations generally prohibit South African residents from holding an interest in a foreign company which, in turn, holds any interests or assets in a Common Monetary Area (CMA) country (so-called "loop structures")...

Leanne Mostert, Keith Veitch, Donald Fisher-Jeffes, and Cameron MacKenzie 18 Nov 2019

All the AfricaCom winners. Image supplied.
All the 2019 AfricaCom Awards winners!Article

The 12th annual AfricaCom Awards recognised minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, South Africa's Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services with an inaugural Government Leadership Award...

14 Nov 2019

IRP 2019 and the slow transition to a low-carbon economy
IRP 2019 and the slow transition to a low-carbon economyArticle

The Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP2019) is the latest addition to the array of legal instruments South Africa has adopted to transition to a low-carbon economy and as part of its commitment to adapt to and mitigate against climate change under the international climate change framework...

Gillian Niven, Paula-Ann Novotny and Jeanique Pretorius 12 Nov 2019

Mining in a circular economy meets stumbling blocks
Mining in a circular economy meets stumbling blocksArticle

Mining companies that take the circular economy seriously by finding creative ways to re-use the same materials will stand the test of time...

Garyn Rapson & Paula-Ann Novotny 12 Nov 2019

Unforeseen preference share amendments included in tax bill
Unforeseen preference share amendments included in tax billArticle

The 2019 Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (TLAB) was tabled with the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement on 30 October 2019...

Brian Dennehy, Khurshid Fazel and Joon Chong 8 Nov 2019

Get ready for the Films and Publications Amendment Act
Get ready for the Films and Publications Amendment ActArticle

On 2 October 2019, the President ratified the controversial Films and Publications Amendment Act, which has been described in the media as the "internet censorship bill" (the Act)...

Peter Grealy, Nozipho Mngomezulu, Karl Blom, Wendy Tembedza, Ziyanda Ngcobo, and Carla Collett 6 Nov 2019

Shortlist announced for AfricaCom Awards 2019
Shortlist announced for AfricaCom Awards 2019Article

The AfricaCom Awards, one of the global technology and telecommunications industry's most respected awards, has announced the current shortlist of nominees this year...

5 Nov 2019

When should revenue for gift cards be taxable?
When should revenue for gift cards be taxable?Article

The recent Tax Court (Cape Town) judgement of IT 24510 confirmed that amounts received by a retailer for the sale of gift cards were not "received or accrued" for purposes of the gross income definition...

Joon Chong 25 Oct 2019

Parliament revives environmental management amendment bill
Parliament revives environmental management amendment billArticle

Sitting at its first session of the Sixth Parliamentary term, the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) revived 15 Bills which were not finalised when the 5th term ended and had accordingly lapsed. The National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill (NEMLAA4 Bill) is one of the bills...

24 Oct 2019

Icasa's proposed sports broadcasting regulations: A bleak future for SA sports
Icasa's proposed sports broadcasting regulations: A bleak future for SA sportsArticle

The initial Sport Broadcasting Services Regulations 2010 have been lauded internationally for having adopted a sensible approach in balancing the needs of various stakeholders, including sports fans, sports federations, broadcasters and advertisers. The proposed amendments, however, tip the balance...

Kuhle Mavuso 21 Oct 2019

Call for comment: second draft of Price Discrimination and Buyer Power Regulations
Call for comment: second draft of Price Discrimination and Buyer Power RegulationsArticle

On 10 October 2019, the Minister of Economic Development published second drafts of the Price Discrimination Regulations and Buyer Power Regulations (collectively, the 2019 Regulations) for public comment (Government Gazette No. 42760 is accessible here).

Daryl Dingley 17 Oct 2019

Is this the end of NRV for closing stock?
Is this the end of NRV for closing stock?Article

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has for the second time in CSARS v Atlas Copco South Africa (Pty) Ltd, confirmed that the net realisable value (NRV) method is not a suitable method to value closing stock for income tax purposes...

Joon Chong 14 Oct 2019

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Mining Round-up - key takeaways on the industryArticle

At a recent seminar, various specialists from Webber Wentzel explored the different aspects of the changing regulatory landscape around the mining industry...

30 Sep 2019

Apartheid-era death of human rights activist under fresh scrutiny, almost 40 years later
Apartheid-era death of human rights activist under fresh scrutiny, almost 40 years laterArticle

The inquest into the death apparently by hanging of human rights activist Dr Neil Aggett in 1982 will re-convene in January, aiming to bring answers and justice for his family...

26 Sep 2019

Settling with Sars - revisiting some practical perspectives
Settling with Sars - revisiting some practical perspectivesArticle

Can there be a settlement with Sars if an objection was raised out of time? What are the advantages of reaching a settlement? What are the costs of not resolving a dispute? Our article aims to provide enlightenment...

Joon Chong and Ruan Kotze 4 Sep 2019

Grindstone Accelerator programme cohorts show positive growth
Grindstone Accelerator programme cohorts show positive growthArticle

Knife Capital recently announced the growth metrics of its fourth Grindstone Accelerator programme...

2 Sep 2019

Testing for cannabis in the workplace: Is zero tolerance justifiable?
Testing for cannabis in the workplace: Is zero tolerance justifiable?Article

Given that the Constitutional Court's Prince judgment does not deal with the effects of the decriminalisation of cannabis in the workplace, many unanswered employment related questions emerge which we set out below...

Lizle Louw and Shane Johnson 26 Aug 2019

Woan is me - overview of high demand spectrum policy
Woan is me - overview of high demand spectrum policyArticle

The Department of Communications has published its highly-anticipated 'Policy on High Demand Spectrum and Policy Direction on Licensing of a Wireless Open Access Network', which purports to address South Africa's longstanding spectrum scarcity challenges...

Nozipho Mngomezulu, Peter Grealy, Wendy Tembedza, Ziyanda Ngcobo, and Karl Blom 20 Aug 2019

What are the new 'essential services'?
What are the new 'essential services'?Article

Essential services refer to those services that, if interrupted, would endanger the life, personal safety or health of the whole or any part of the population. Once a service is declared as an essential service, employees working in such services may not engage in strike action...

Kenneth Coster and Shane Johnson 31 Jul 2019

Tax Indaba is back!
Tax Indaba is back!Article

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) will participate at the Tax Indaba 2019 which takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, from 26-30 August...

Issued by CIMA 30 Jul 2019

Assessing legal risks in the move to cloud
Assessing legal risks in the move to cloudArticle

With the fourth industrial revolution in full swing, businesses are looking for faster and more efficient ways to service customers. Customers are also increasingly tech-savvy and demand more from their service providers, including quicker access and more tailored offerings...

Wendy Tembedza 3 Jul 2019

#YouthMonth: Our future needs education, enrichment and togetherness
#YouthMonth: Our future needs education, enrichment and togethernessArticle

As part of our #YouthMonth profiles, we chatted to Webber Wentzel's candidate attorney, Lerato Molefi about the importance of education, why it takes a village to raise a child and remembering your voice...

Shan Radcliffe 2 Jul 2019

PPPs and recycling challenges to be addressed at IFAT Africa
PPPs and recycling challenges to be addressed at IFAT AfricaArticle

According to Alessandra Pardini, partner in the Projects Practice at Webber Wentzel, while public private partnerships (PPPs) are often viewed as the ideal approach to overcoming South African infrastructure challenges, they are not as simple to implement as many may think and could take years to bed down...

2 Jul 2019

Can you still discipline an employee after they resign with immediate effect?
Can you still discipline an employee after they resign with immediate effect?Article

Employees often resign with immediate effect when facing disciplinary action, leaving employers unsure of whether they can continue with an intended disciplinary action...

Lizle Louw and Dumisani Ndiweni 1 Jul 2019

#YouthMonth: Remember the past, act in the present, improve the future
#YouthMonth: Remember the past, act in the present, improve the futureArticle

In celebration of Youth Month, we chatted to candidate attorney at Webber Wentzel, Luntu Quntana, who was "born in East London, bred in Johannesburg and now currently being buttered in Cape Town" about what Youth Day means to him and the changes he would like to see for future generations...

Shan Radcliffe 21 Jun 2019

Amendments to Generic Codes of Good Practice on B-BBEE
Amendments to Generic Codes of Good Practice on B-BBEEArticle

On 9 April 2019, the Minister of Trade and Industry signed four amendments to the Amended Generic B-BBEE Codes of 2013 (Codes). These amendments were gazetted last Friday and will come into effect on 31 November 2019...

Adam Ismail, Candice Meyer and Safiyya Patel 5 Jun 2019

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U-turn in cannabis regulations opens up marketArticle

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...

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

Why speaking ill of your employer in public may get you fired
Why speaking ill of your employer in public may get you firedArticle

In the recent matter, Ndzimande and Others v Didben N.O and Others (2 April 2019), the Labour Court considered the dismissal of three employees who made disparaging statements about their employer on public radio...

Kirsten Eiser and Shane Johnson 23 May 2019

Source: Environment News South Africa
2nd draft of Proposed Financial Provisioning Regulations published for commentArticle

The minister of environmental affairs has published the long-awaited second draft of the Proposed Regulations Pertaining to the Financial Provision for the Rehabilitation and Remediation of Environmental Damage caused by Reconnaissance, Prospecting, Exploration, Mining or Production Operations...

Garyn Rapson 21 May 2019

Kate Collier
New guideline on medico-legal investigations of mine deathsArticle

A new guideline published by the chief inspector of mines aims to provide clarity on the process when the cause of a death on a mine is immediately unclear...

Kate Collier 20 May 2019

What are transport services "rendered by the employer"? Sars clarifies...
What are transport services "rendered by the employer"? Sars clarifies...Article

To assist employers and employees with overcoming transport-related difficulties, the Income Tax Act introduced a mechanism to allow employers to provide transport services to their employees and that, although qualifying as a taxable fringe benefit in the employees' hands, no taxable value was given to such benefit...

Wesley Grimm, assisted by Sergio dos Santos 15 May 2019

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