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Hate Bill: Hate Speech and Hate Crimes

Parliament has written a new draft bill, the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill or Hate Bill. The Hate Bill criminalises hates speech and hate crimes. So, it creates two new criminal offences. But is it [...]

By | December 7th, 2016|Categories: Social Media Law|Tags: , |

Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill – the CaC Bill

The Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill was published on 28 August 2015 and will probably be introduced in Parliament before the end of 2016. Some people will call it the Cybercrime Act or Cybercrime Law. Others might refer to it as CaCA, the [...]

By | August 4th, 2016|Categories: Cyber Crime|Tags: , , , , |

The Consumer Protection Act – a heads up

The Consumer Protection Act came into force on 31 March 2011! Do you comply? The President of South Africa signed the Consumer Protection Act on 24 April 2009 and it was published in the government gazette on 29 April 2009. [...]

By | August 28th, 2014|Categories: Consumer Protection|Tags: , , |

Electronic Signature of Credit Agreements

The electronic signature of credit agreements is problematic! Electronic signatures are taking off across all kinds of industries in South Africa. The credit industry is often an early adopter of emerging technologies - and electronic signatures are no exception. Credit [...]

By | October 21st, 2013|Categories: Electronic Signature Law|Tags: , , |

Law Society ruling on Google advertising by attorneys

On 9 April 2013 the Law Society of the Northern Provinces issued a ruling on keyword advertising by attorneys practicing in its jurisdiction.  The ruling is aimed at preventing attorneys from using the names of other attorneys to attract clients. [...]

By | April 10th, 2013|Categories: Marketing Law|Tags: |

Effective Date for R and D Tax break for Software Developers

Earlier in the year we blogged about the new R&D tax break available for Software Developers. In terms of the Tax Laws Amendment Act people would be able to start applying for the tax deduction from 1 April 2012, unless [...]

By | April 16th, 2012|Categories: IT Law|Tags: , , |

Tax Break for Software Developers

From 1 April 2012 Software Developers will be able to get a tax break of up to 150% on their income tax for "Research and Development". This new tax break comes from an amendment to the Income Tax Act 58 [...]

By | February 10th, 2012|Categories: IT Law|Tags: , , |

Companies Regulations

The Companies Regulations (or Companies Act Regulations or Company Regulations), after being signed and approved, came into effect on 1 May 2011, together with the Companies Act.  You can download a copy by clicking here. They are crucial to understanding and implementing [...]

By | April 26th, 2011|Categories: Company Law|Tags: , |

Consumer Protection Act – Size Matters

The Consumer Protection Act will not apply to transactions where the "consumer" is a juristic person (company or a CC) where that juristic person has annual turnover OR asset value over a 'certain value'. The Department of Trade and Industry have [...]

By | October 15th, 2010|Categories: Consumer Protection|Tags: , |

Update on the PPI Bill (June 2010)

On 21 May 2010 and again on 4 June 2010 the sub-committee for Justice and Constitutional Development met to discuss further the Protection of Personal Information Bill. While most of the discussion was about minor amendments to the Bill, the [...]

By | June 9th, 2010|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |