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Investment affected by environmental impact compliance

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     7th September 2018 South African oil refineries need to be aware of their impact on the environment to comply with changing legislation and to further investment opportunities, states Norton Rose Fulbright insurance litigation director Caroline Theodosiou. “Oil refineries need to ensure that if they are increasing... 

Spotlight on CTC and potential legal inconsistencies

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     31st August 2018 The Cape Town Convention (CTC) on International Interests in Mobile Equipment is receiving a lot of attention from the legal industry in terms of how South Africa has incorporated it and how certain remedies provided for therein are enforced in the aviation industry, says global law firm Norton... 

Safety issues must be addressed – law firm

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st June 2018 Safety is a massive problem in the rail industry in South Africa and it must be dealt with, says global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright director and head of rail David Kapelus. Ageing infrastructure and unlawful activity contribute to the country’s rail safety problems, with significant problems... 

Proper dredging, correct dredge depths critical

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th March 2018 It is imperative that harbours are properly dredged and channels are kept open to facilitate smooth port operations, says global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright director and transport head Andrew Robinson. “Dredging is a much more complicated process than many people realise and the fact that a... 

Framework continues to form sector foundation

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 The economic opportunity represented by the continent’s need for energy makes the African energy industry an attractive prospect for foreign investment, says law firm Norton Rose Fulbright director Lizel Oberholzer. 

Miners to focus on M&A activity, sustainability in year ahead

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th December 2017 Nearly two-thirds, or 63%, of mining and metals respondents to the latest EY Capital Confidence Barometer (CCB) say they intend to pursue deals in the next 12 months, demonstrating a higher inclination to transact than the average across all industries (56%). The findings support the EY third... 

General public taking heed of environmental law

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 The general public is becoming more familiar with the tools that are available under the Constitution and environmental law to protect what is perceived as the unacceptable environmental or social impacts of businesses, says law firm Norton Rose Fulbright environment lawyer Matthew Thornton-Dibb. 

Mindset, technology changes needed to operate ports of the future

By: Shirley le Guern     5th April 2017 Current ways of operating ports and port cities are not viable or sustainable and a complete change in mindset, technology and skills would be needed in the very near future, Norton Rose Fulbright Attorneys national transport team head and master mariner Malcolm Hartwell said this week. “Ships... 

Natural gas prices expected to remain stable, says expert

By: Kim Cloete     5th October 2016 The price of natural gas in the US is expected to stay relatively low and stable, says Norton Rose Fulbright partner for global consultants John Mauel. He told delegates at the South Africa: Gas Options conference, in Cape Town, this week that the volatility in the US gas to oil price ratio... 

Kibo appoints Absa as Mbeya Project’s financial adviser

By: African News Agency      22nd September 2016 Kibo Mining on Thursday said it had signed an advisory engagement letter with Absa Bank laying out the scope of work and terms under which it will act as financial advisor on the Mbeya Coal to Power Project (MCPP). Kibo is developing a 250 MW to 350 MW mouth-of-mine thermal power station in its... 

Kibo signs on Norton Rose to assist with Mbeya PPA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th August 2016 Dual-listed Kibo Mining has rallied law firm Norton Rose Fulbright to assist with the preparation and negotiation of commercial arrangements and agreements pertaining to a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Tanzanian government and power distribution company Tanesco for the Mbeya... 

30% Club launches new initiatives to increase senior representation of women in corporates

1st August 2016 Diversity makes business sense   Many have been inspired by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of the Lean In Foundation, who is known for her quote: “A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes. I believe that this would... 

DTI sets up Africa-focused trade unit in bid to grow exports beyond R300bn

By: Terence Creamer     15th July 2016 The South African government believes the launch of a new one-stop-shop to facilitate higher levels of trade and investment in the rest of Africa will help consolidate the continent as the country’s most important market for value-added goods and create the platform for an expansion in exports... 

Johannesburg gears up to host Infrastructure Africa Business Forum

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2016 Infrastructure Africa and the African Development Bank (AfDB) are preparing to host the 2016 edition of the Infrastructure Africa Business Forum, incorporating side event, the Africa Inclusive Infrastructure Forum, at the Sandton Convention Centre from June 9 to 10. The two-day conference and... 

The Mozambique Mining, Oil and Gas and Energy 2016 event gains momentum

4th April 2016 Interest in the fifth bi-annual international strategic conference on Mozambique Mining, Oil & Gas, and Energy sector (MMEC) is growing at a rapid rate.  

Law firm expects Gordhan to announce small increase in personal income tax  

By: Anine Kilian     17th February 2016 South Africa’s population would focus on whether or not Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announces any increases in tax rates when he delivers his budget speech next week, law firm Norton Rose Fulbright tax director Andrew Wellstead said at a media briefing on Wednesday. He noted that there had... 

Samarco tailings breach underscores need for industrywide best practise

By: Simon Rees     23rd November 2015 On November 5, there was a large, destructive breach of tailings dams at an iron-ore mine run by Samarco Mineração, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. It was reported that about ten people had lost their lives, while hundreds more had to be evacuated. Much of Bento Rodrigues village was... 

A game of chicken

By: Riaan de Lange     13th November 2015 Are you familiar with the game of chicken? If you are not, you have definitely not seen near enough action movies. It is inevitable for these movies to not include a scene where two individuals, normally the good guy and the bad guy (‘guy’ is not gender specific) are in cars racing towards each... 

Operation Phakisa is positive, but challenges remain

By: Sashnee Moodley     18th September 2015 President Jacob Zuma held a report-back meeting on government’s Operation Phakisa initiative, which focused on the maritime and oil and gas sectors, in Pretoria, last month. 

South Africa strategically significant for China’s future growth plans

By: Dylan Stewart     4th September 2015 China is considering large-scale, long-term investments in South Africa, especially in terms of joint ventures, to secure resources that will help facilitate China’s future growth plans, says commercial law firm Norton Rose Fulbright director Milton Osborn. 

Commission to police BEE fronting

By: News24Wire      12th August 2015 Companies and employers could face criminal prosecution for fronting as black economic empowerment entities if found guilty by a soon to be established watchdog. BEE law expert at Norton Rose Fulbright Ismail Laher and commercial litigation expert Matthew Clark told Fin24 that amendments to the... 

African States urged to be more involved as seabed mining regulations are drawn up

By: Anine Kilian     7th August 2015 The participation of African States is crucial as the International Seabed Authority (ISA) undertakes the task of preparing the rules and regulations for the future exploitation of deepsea minerals, ISA deputy to the secretary-general Michael Lodge has said. Speaking at the ‘Exploration and... 

Top Speaker Line-up for SAAFF Congress 2015

23rd June 2015 An impressive line-up of industry experts and high-profile speakers tackling business and industry issues has been announced as part of the conference programme for the South African Association of Freight Forwarders annual Congress. The three-day event takes place from 14 to 16 October 2015 at... 

Possible VAT hike on the cards 

By: Natalie Greve     17th February 2015 South Africans may soon see the cost of consumer goods rising, with law firm Norton Rose Fulbright warning of the possible announcement of an increase in the value-added tax (VAT) rate by Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in his national budget speech next week. Noting that the 2015 budget was “a... 

Law expert unpacks proposed beneficiation-linked MPRDA amendments  

By: Natalie Greve     4th September 2014 Appraising the proposed amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) Amendment Bill (B15B), which was passed by the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces earlier this year, Norton Rose Fulbright director Professor Michael Dale said on Monday that,... 

Government gearing up for baseload coal IPP procurement

By: Terence Creamer     18th July 2014 South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE), which has invited potential coal independent power producers (IPPs) to register their prospective projects by July 25, plans to use the information to gauge alignment between the location of the proposed projects and Eskom’s capacity to connect the... 

DoE gears up for baseload-coal IPP procurement

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2014 South Africa’s Department of Energy (DoE), which has invited potential coal independent power producers (IPPs) to register their prospective projects by July 25, plans to use the information to gauge alignment between the location of the proposed projects and Eskom’s capacity to connect the... 

Announcement of tax increases in 2014 budget ‘unlikely’  

By: Natalie Greve     18th February 2014 In prebudget analysis heavily informed by the fact that 2014 is an election year, legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright says it is improbable that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will announce any changes to the tax rates during the delivery of the National Budget next week. While acknowledging... 

Infrastructure Bill’s aims embraced, but questions raised about its proposed methods

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2014 The Infrastructure Development Bill has been introduced with the laudable aim of overcoming delays, bottlenecks and shortcomings in the integrated planning and implementation of infrastructure projects. But there has also been broad-based criticism of the proposed legislation, the first to be... 

Infrastructure Bill’s aims embraced, but questions raised about its proposed methods

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2014 The Infrastructure Development Bill has been introduced with the laudable aim of overcoming delays, bottlenecks and shortcomings in the integrated planning and implementation of infrastructure projects. But there has also been broad-based criticism of the proposed legislation, the first to be... 

First Nations continue to strengthen resource rights - Labeau

By: Simon Rees     2nd October 2013 On August 26, a Canadian federal court rejected arguments made by the Hupacasath First Nation that the federal government had a duty to consult the band before approving the Canada-China foreign investment promotion and protection agreement (CCFIPPA). Located in central Vancouver Island, the... 

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