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South Africa takes bold step: Climate Change Bill receives parliamentary nod of approval

In a move towards fulfilling its international commitments and combating climate change head-on, South Africa has officially passed the Climate Change Bill. Both arms of Parliament - the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, unanimously approved this cr..

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The JSE moves forward with its market segmentation proposals

To enhance transparency, competitiveness, fairness and efficiency, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange proposes to introduce a market segmentation model for the JSE Main Board. This would create two segments: Main Board Prime and Main Board General. The Main Board General seg..

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The Competition Commission publishes revised Public Interest Guidelines

On 20 March 2024, the Competition Commission of South Africa published revised Public Interest Guidelines relating to merger control. The Revised Guidelines follow the Draft Public Interest Guidelines, which were published for public comment in October 2023. Although the ..

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2024 Earnings threshold announced

The earnings threshold will increase to R254 371.67 with effect from 1 April 2024, entitling employees falling below the threshold to stricter protections in terms of labour legislation. It is the fourth consecutive annual increase to the threshold (following a period of ..

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Another reminder from the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission on beneficial ownership filings

A second customer notice from the CIPC reminds companies to file the required beneficial ownership and beneficial interest information and notes that enforcement action may be taken against continuously non-compliant companies. On 6 February 2024, the Companies and Intell..

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South Africa to begin trading under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement

South Africa will commence preferential trade under the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) on 31 January 2024. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) predicts that the AfCFTA could boost intra-Africa trade by u..

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Latest developments in South African immigration: Visa backlogs and extended concessions

Several immigration developments from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) unfolded over the 2023 festive season. These include an extension of temporary concession for foreign nationals awaiting outcomes to their pending applications and granting extended exemptions for ..

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New standard operating procedures for the investigation, search, access or seizure of cyber articles

The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Investigation, Search, Access or Seizure of Articles in terms of section 26 of the Cybercrimes Act 19 of 2020 (CCA) were published by the Department of Police on 6 October 2023.​ The CCA creates legal mechanisms to address ..

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The anticipated legislative overhaul to existing maternity and parental leave provisions: Frequently Asked Questions

In a recent judgment, the High Court has ruled that all classes of parents (birthing parents, adoptive parents and surrogacy commissioning parents) should be afforded a collective four months of parental leave. In this judgment, the High Court has proposed, among ot..

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