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AI Rights vs Human Rights

AI Rights vs Human Rights

The age of artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the world’s ground-breaking developments, and powerful enough to transform and advance the entire world. However, the excitement of AI being an incredible tool must not overshadow the actual humans and their rights that must still be protected in the era of AI.

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Navigating the Herd: Avoid negative tax implications of livestock in your estate

Navigating the Herd: Avoid negative tax implications of livestock in your estate

Many farmers still conduct their farming operations with livestock owned in their personal capacities. Although such ownership may have certain advantages, it can pose significant complications for a farmer in the event of his passing. It is therefore crucial for farmers to do a comprehensive tax and estate planning assessment to look into the potentially complex issues which must be addressed to ensure liquidity in the deceased estate and to avoid unnecessary financial burdens on the estate or loved ones after death.

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Peanut butter product recall – A smooth analysis of a crunchy matter

Peanut butter product recall – A smooth analysis of a crunchy matter

Picture the confusion of peanut butter enthusiasts as they strolled into their local grocery store only to discover that their beloved peanut butter brand had been pulled from the shelves. What may just be a disgruntled customer at that moment is the evidence of a bigger matter in terms of the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 (“CPA”). Well, let’s not focus on the “crunchy” and “sticky” issue of the recent recall of Clover’s Go Nuts Peanut Butter, but rather on the role that the CPA and the National Consumer Commission (“Commission”) plays in the recall of products in South Africa now and then to protect customers in South Africa.

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SA’s New Land Court Act – paving the way for settling land disputes

SA’s New Land Court Act – paving the way for settling land disputes

In a quest to remedy historical land injustices and streamline the resolution of land and land rights issues in our country, South Africa has introduced a pioneering piece of legislation namely the new Land Court Act. This Act represents a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to foster equitable land distribution and provide an effective mechanism for resolving land disputes. The Land Court established by virtue of this transformative legislation will play a central role, as will be outlined in this article.

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Construction Contracts: Is it a “one-size-fits-all” decision?

Construction Contracts: Is it a “one-size-fits-all” decision?

Clients often have very different perceptions about the necessity and type of contract they may need for their construction contract. Surprisingly, even with large development projects, there is often the view that if you have the quote and designs, why then bother with a contract? In this article, we provide some guidance on the various types of construction contracts that can be considered for a building project, large or small.

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How far does employer liability for the actions of its employee extend?

How far does employer liability for the actions of its employee extend?

It is relatively well-known that employers can be held liable for the conduct of their employees. What is generally less well-understood is the scope of this liability. For example, can an employer be liable for the conduct of an employee whilst on sick leave? In this article, we take a look at an employer’s vicarious liability and how far this liability may extend.

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South Africa’s four-day workweek trial: the good and the bad

South Africa’s four-day workweek trial: the good and the bad

From March to August 2023, South Africa conducted the first African four-day workweek experiment involving several pilot companies trialling to assess the pros and cons of such a move in a South African context. Although it’s far too early to make any conclusive findings, we share a few thoughts about the trial and its implications for South Africa.

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TRP approval: Essential for SA company transactions

TRP approval: Essential for SA company transactions

The Takeover Regulation Panel (“TRP”) is a key South African regulatory body responsible for regulating certain types of transactions undertaken by companies in South Africa. In this article, we take a look at a few transactions that specifically need to be approved by the TRP and, in particular, the requirements to give notice of such transactions.

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The regulatory bodies that govern Mergers and Acquisitions

The regulatory bodies that govern Mergers and Acquisitions

The Competition Commission

The Competition Commission is a regulatory body established in accordance with the Competition Act, 89 of 1998 (“Competition Act”), with the power to investigate, monitor, and assess anticompetitive business practices, collusion, and mergers to foster healthy competition within the South African economy.

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POPIA compliance: Safeguarding Data Privacy in South Africa

POPIA compliance: Safeguarding Data Privacy in South Africa

Every year, January 28th marks World Data Privacy Day, celebrated globally to emphasise the critical need for privacy, particularly in recent times characterised by a continuously shrinking, interconnected, and intelligent digital global community, where there are almost constant flows of data and personal information in all aspects of life.

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The role of ‘control’ in M&A transactions

The role of ‘control’ in M&A transactions

In an earlier article, we examined the requirements for notifying the Competition Commission about your merger. One of the aspects touched on was the requirement of ‘control’ as an indicator of whether a transaction is reportable or not. In this article, we will delve deeper and examine the ‘control’ element as contemplated in the Competition Act 89 of 1998 (“Act”).

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Competition Commission guidelines for small mergers

Competition Commission guidelines for small mergers

In previous articles, we have examined the different types of mergers and in particular looked at the notification requirements in respect of intermediate and large mergers. In this article, we take a closer look at the Competition Commission guidelines in respect of small mergers.

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