Drone Regulations and the Road Ahead

The South African Civil Aviation Authority has finally released the regulations on Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), commonly known as the drone regulations. These regulations are coming into force on 1 July 2015. Are the Regulations practical and will they be [...]

By | June 9th, 2015|Categories: Robot Law|Tags: , |

The Memorandum of Incorporation of a Homeowners Association

What laws or rules apply to a homeowners association in South Africa? Many Homeowners Associations were registered as section 21 companies under the old Companies Act 1973. These were companies not for gain and they had a memorandum and articles of association. [...]

By | June 4th, 2012|Categories: Company Law|Tags: , |

Cryptography laws in South Africa

What is cryptography? Wikipedia defines "cryptography" as "the practice and study of hiding information". Where a document or communication has been encrypted, the act of encrypting serves several purposes? To: establish its authenticity; prevent its undetected modification; prevent its repudiation [...]

By | May 25th, 2012|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |

Do you need to register as a Cryptography Provider?

Cryptography and encryption presents a challenge to security conscious governments in that it allows message content to be concealed from the authorities. Therefore, the purpose of the cryptography provisions in our law is, amongst other things, to assist the investigative [...]

By | April 23rd, 2012|Categories: IT Law|Tags: , , , , |

Trademark Applications – what you need to know

Trademark applications provide wide ranging protection and powerful remedies against infringement. The relevant legislation is the Trade Marks Act, No. 194 of 1993. Trademarks are by default protected by common law and by statute. Common law protection is, however restricted, [...]

By | February 5th, 2012|Categories: Intellectual Property Protection|Tags: |

SAIIPL decision: Abusive registrations and trade marks

In a recent decision by the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL), the domain name <> (domain name) was transferred to ABSA Bank Limited (ABSA).  ABSA is the registered holder of the trade mark "ABSA" and has also [...]

By | November 24th, 2009|Categories: Domain Name Disputes|Tags: , |

Is your domain name being registered in China?

Perhaps you have also received the email, or perhaps you will. It is an email from the "department of registration service in China", along the lines of: "... We formally received an application on [date]. One company "[name of the [...]

By | November 6th, 2009|Categories: Domain Name Disputes|Tags: , , |

Can I operate an online betting or gaming business from South Africa?

Online gambling is not permissible under the current legislation, but will soon be once the National Gambling Amendment Bill gets enacted. Currently gambling in South Africa is regulated concurrently by national and provincial legislation.  The National Gambling Act 7 of [...]

By | October 23rd, 2008|Categories: Online Gambling Law|Tags: , , |