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Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

’I tweet what I like’ – Social media and the risk of defamation

Social media has transformed our modes of communication, access to information and speed of transfer of information. Different social media platforms will forever be part of our lives and ways of interacting with other people in both ..

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Werksmans Attorneys

Small mergers in digital markets are on the Competition Commission’s radar – Final guidelines on small merger notification

The Competition Commission of South Africa (Commission) recently published its final guidelines on small merger notification (Final Guidelines), approximately sixteen months after the Commission issued a draft for public comment.  The Final Guidelines expand on the t..

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Bowmans

South Africa: Beware when acquiring tailings dams as part of a mine or mineral processing facility

The possibility of tailings dam failure, highlighted by the recent Jagersfontein tragedy, highlights the need for particular care when assessing the risks of a transaction in the mining and minerals processing sectors.

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CMS

New deadline looms for non-residential property owners

Come 7 December 2022, a substantial proportion of South Africa’s non-residential buildings will be required to submit and display an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The requirement, which was gazetted in December 2020, is aimed at making buildings in South Africa mo..

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Webber Wentzel

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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Adams & Adams

Parody in South Africa: addressing the Hippo in the room

A recent advertising parody has caused quite a stir at the watering hole, and left consumers questioning whether Hippo.co.za may have been out of line.

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ENSafrica

Colour trade marks: another purple patch?

The issue of colour trade marks rears its head from time to time. In theory, it’s very simple – a colour (or a colour combination) can function as a trade mark and can be registered as a trade mark. But many things are great in theory.

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Webber Wentzel

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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Bowmans

South Africa: First dawn raids by the Competition Commission in several years are a reminder to maintain dawn raid readiness

The Competition Commission announced on 25 August 2022 that it had conducted search and seizure operations at the premises of eight insurance companies operating in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape provinces.
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