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Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Black skin, white masks? Can a litigant request the recusal of a presiding officer on the basis of race in labour disputes?

Can an employee in a labour dispute request that a presiding officer recuse themselves on the basis that the presiding officer is the same race as the employer’s legal representatives? That was the question that the Labour Court had to determine in Cell ..

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Almost 10 years in, and still no hope of being rescued: BRP slapped with personal punitive costs order

The recent case of Commissioner for the South African Revenue Services v Louis Pasteur Investments (Pty) and Others may be the first of its kind to admonish the actions of a business rescue practitioner (BRP) by granting ..

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Commencement of Implementation of the Requirement for Recordation of Intellectual Property Rights with the Anti Counterfeit Authority in Kenya

Through a public notice published by the ACA on 26 April 2022, the ACA notified the general public of the commencement of the implementation of the mandatory requirements with effect from 1 July 2022.

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The Deadly Air Case: How the High Court confirmed the right to a healthy environment

The National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act 39 of 2004 (NEMAQA) authorises the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (Minister) to declare a priority area if it is reasonably believed that the National Ambient Air Quality Standards are or may be exce..
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New merger thresholds and notification fees in Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe, the financial thresholds and filing fees for mandatory merger notification, as well as the advisory opinion application fees have recently been amended.
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The Whistleblower Protection Bill 2021: An attempt to cure the cycle of corruption in Kenya

Corruption in Kenya has been cited as one of the key factors negatively affecting the country’s socio-economic development. The Kenya Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission estimates that a third of the country’s annual budget is embezzled in corrupt deals with colossal am..

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The harshest penalty: Sexual harassment in the public sector

In the recent decision of the Labour Appeal Court in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality v South African Local Government Bargaining Council and Others (JA17/2021) [2022] ZALAC 3 (27 January 2022), t..

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Changing perspective on central bank digital currencies in Kenya

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) recently published a discussion paper on the feasibility of a central bank digital currency (CBDC). The CBDC is intended to be a sovereign ..

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A retrospective on the Economic Freedom Fighters’ involvement in labour matters

The imposition of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has become a common occurrence in the South African workplace. The Labour Court has, however, already taken a strong stance against the EFF in two..

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