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Return of Goods under the Consumer Protection Act in South Africa

When can a consumer return goods under the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) in South Africa? There are a number of sections in the Consumer Protection Act that allow goods to be returned, but it is important to note that there is no [...]

By | 2017-03-30T13:21:36+00:00 July 14th, 2016|Categories: Consumer Protection|Tags: , , , , |

Taxation of goods purchased online

Is the sale of on-line products (for example software downloaded directly from a website) subject to taxation? South Africa previously had a predominantly source based tax system but adopted a resident based tax system some few years ago. The sale [...]

Liability for online content mistakes

When would a website provider be liable for mistakes in information which it provides online?  Can it avoid that liability? The general principle is that a website provider must ensure that the content on the website is accurate and will [...]

Can a website provider use third-party content on its website without permission from the third-party content provider?

No. This would amount to a contravention of the Copyright Act 98 of 1978 if the content as the copyrighted work was first published in South Africa or made by a "qualified person" (a South African or company registered and [...]

By | 2017-03-30T13:22:50+00:00 September 27th, 2008|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: , , , , |

Guide to the ECT Act in South Africa

The ECT Act (or Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002) became law in South Africa on Friday, 30 August 2002 and we summarise it for you. This marked the end of a process initiated by the South African Government [...]