Welcome to Africa’s legal blog

Never miss a beat on Africa's legal and regulatory landscape.

ENS

Back to School: POPIA Do’s and Don'ts

As another academic year takes place, schools, educators, and staff must understand how the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (POPIA) applies to them and what their obligations are under POPIA. POPIA, which came into full force and effect in July 2021, aims to ..

Read More
Webber Wentzel

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..

Read More
Bowmans

South Africa: New draft regulations dealing with employment equity sectoral numerical targets released

On 1 February 2024, the Minister of Employment and Labour published new draft regulations dealing with the proposed sectoral numerical targets contemplated in section 15A of the Employment Equity Act, 1998 for public comment. This section was introduced by the amendments ..

Read More
Rams Attorneys

May the real shareholder please stand up

On 1 April 2023, amendments to the Companies Act 71 of 2008 (the Companies Act) came into effect. One of the key amendments is in respect of s 56, which deals with beneficial interest and ownership in shares. Previously, s 56 of the Companies Act allowed for a company’s s..

Read More
Dentons

South African Climate Change Bill 2023

On October 24, 2023, a significant milestone was achieved in South Africa's environmental policy when the National Assembly approved the Climate Change Bill. The version adopted will now be presented to the National Council of Provinces for further review and for signing ..

Read More
Webber Wentzel

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 ..

Read More
Kisch IP

Privacy caselaw and the key takeaways

Since the Protection of Personal Information Act No. 4 of 2013 (“POPIA”) came into effect, the courts have been seemingly reluctant to rely on POPIA in their judgments pertaining to privacy and data protection. Nevertheless, there are a number of judgements which deal wit..

Read More
Baker McKenzie

South Africa: Electric Vehicles White Paper

The South African Department of Trade, Industry and Competition recently published a White Paper on the manufacture, sale and use of Electric Vehicles in South Africa. The move is a decisive step on the path to the transformation of the country’s automotive industry.

Read More
Pinsent Masons

Virtual wheeling platform to shake up South Africa’s renewable energy market

The planned roll out of a virtual ‘wheeling’ platform (VWP) in South Africa next year is expected to transform the country’s electricity market, attracting larger investments in the country’s renewable energy market and enabling companies to reach their net zero carbon em..

Read More
Subscribe to our newsletter