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Understanding the local cannabis industry – “weeding” out confusion

10th December 2018 Following the recent landmark decision of the South African Constitutional Court, in which the private and personal use of cannabis was decriminalised, together with the publication of guidelines regarding the cultivation of cannabis for medical, scientific and clinical research purposes, an... 

Second-hand purchases: Are consumers protected by the CPA or not?

5th December 2018 Prior to the establishment of the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 (the Act) there was an unfavourable balance of power in respect of sale transactions in favour of the supplier. The implementation of the Act has gone a long way to redistribute the power equally among consumers and suppliers.... 

Your boss cannot “just" change your employment contact

5th December 2018 It's always an exciting time, when one secures a new job and signs an employment contract. The excitement can quickly turn to disappointment, however, when the employer decides to unilaterally change the employment contract or even the working hours.  In terms of the Labour Relations Act, an... 

Is there a duty on employees to "snitch" on their fellow colleagues if they become aware they are committing workplace misconduct or crime?

7th November 2018 The subject heading above is all but related to a difficult concept of "derivative misconduct", which lies in an employee’s failure to offer reasonable assistance to an employer to disclose information about individuals, the wrongdoers, who are responsible for the primary misconduct. Derivative... 

M&A activity slowly increasing in Africa

18th October 2018 Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity has been slower in South Africa, compared with prior years; however, other African countries have seen an increase in deals closed, said Hogan Lovells partner Sibongile Solombela at the firm’s Africa Forum conference held on Thursday. M&A activity is still... 

Getting Africa fit for the future requires good governance – Africa Forum

18th October 2018 Law firm Hogan Lovells Africa head and partner Andrew Skipper on Thursday opened the firm’s Africa Forum conference by stating that, in Africa, there is a combination of optimism and scepticism, but stressed that the available opportunities were enormous. “Currency, corruption and certainty need... 
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