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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 ..

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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 ..

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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..

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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.

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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..

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The National Assembly passes Public Procurement Bill: A giant leap towards procurement reform

Public procurement processes in South Africa have long been in need of an update.  After 24 years under the current legal framework, the courts have developed a rich body of case law as government departments and state-owned enterprises have contracted for good..

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Webber Wentzel

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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South Africa: Positive developments on proposed amendments to the Companies Act

Following the hearing of public comment on the proposed amendments to the Companies Amendment Bills published in September, revised drafts of the Bills have now been sent to the National Counsel of Provinces. 

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Norton Rose Fulbright

South African court refuses to enforce a foreign judgment

The South African High Court in Pretoria refused to grant an application seeking to enforce an interdict granted by a Bermudan court against a South African company that was at no stage present in Bermuda and did not submit to its jurisdiction. The court applied the princ..

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