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SCA hands down important judgment for the mining industry

​​​​​​​​In a judgment handed down by the SCA on 18 November 2022, several key South African mining and mineral law principles were enforced. The SCA also emphasised points that a mining rights applicant should keep in mind.

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January 2023 deadline to register Intellectual Property Rights with the Kenyan Anti-Counterfeit Authority looms

Businesses that export goods to Kenya, have until 1 January 2023 to register their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) with the ACA. Failure to register will result in goods being stopped at the border as well as criminal and civil liability.

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National Assembly passes a revised version of the General Laws (Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Terrorism Financing) Amendment Bill (Omnibus Bill)

On 22 November 2022, the National Assembly passed a revised version of the Omnibus Bill, which proposes to amend five pieces of legislation, including the Companies Act, 2008.

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FSCA declares crypto assets a financial product

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority has published the first of what will be a series of regulations to manage crypto assets and their providers. Following its initial proposal on 20 November 2020, the Financial Se..

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Radio DJ: 15 years later and still not an employee

A recent Labour Court judgment applied the dominant impression test to establish whether a radio DJ was an employee of the SABC or an independent contractor. The Court concluded that the DJ was not an employee and serves to remind employers and individuals that the contra..

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Do androids recognise electric sheep? South Africa's recognition of blockchain arbitration agreements

​​​​​​​​The enforceability of (foreign) blockchain arbitrations under South Africa's international arbitration regime might be difficult but there are possible solutions. As technology advances, a recurring tension is the ability of legal systems to cater for or inc..

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Update: Cabinet approves the General Laws (Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Terrorism Financing) Amendment Bill Tabled before Parliament

The General Laws (Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Terrorism Financing) Amendment Bill, 2022, which will make the necessary changes to avoid South Africa being “greylisted”, has been tabled.

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Legal considerations relating to electronic meetings

As more companies convene virtual shareholders’ meetings post-pandemic, they need to follow certain procedures to avoid falling foul of the Companies Act.

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A minefield of taxes lies ahead for crypto asset transactions

​​A gain on the disposal of crypto assets may be taxed as either revenue or capital, in line with the same income tax rules that apply to the disposal of shares or unit trusts.

 

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