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World Day Against Child Labour

In light of World Day Against Child Labour 2017, we have highlighted the labour laws with respect to children. Firstly, child labour is not legal in South Africa.  However, children can’t use this as an excuse to get out of doing the dishes.  Not all work by children is deemed to be child labour, for example, reasonable household chores are [...]

By | 12th June, 2017|Child law, Labour law, PPM Attorneys|

Blue Whale: Fake or Real and the dangers facing SA kids

It seems a panic has swept the globe due to the “new” online social media game: the Blue Whale. After signing up, players are assigned a curator who then issues tasks; similar to a scene straight out of the movie “Nerve”, except with no reward. The tasks range from waking up at weird hours to watching strange videos. On the [...]

By | 17th May, 2017|Child law, PPM Attorneys, Social media law|

It’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD-2017): a quick overview on South Africa’s membership of the International Telecommunications Union

About WTISD The International Telecommunications Union (“ITU”) celebrates WTISD on 17 May each year. According to the ITU, the purpose of WTISD “is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.” WTISD [...]

By | 17th May, 2017|Commercial Law, Information Security, PPM Attorneys|

Eminem sues New Zealand’s Governing Party for Copyright Infringement: Here’s a quick copyright law refresher

Eminem is suing New Zealand's governing party for copyright infringement.  He claims that they used his song "Lose Yourself" in one of their marketing campaign videos.  They are not the first to sail close to the wind, and they will not be the last. Here's a quick guide on the main issues you should consider when faced with a similar [...]

By | 2nd May, 2017|IP Law, PPM Attorneys|

South Africa’s Nuclear Procurement Programme: The Court’s reasons for overturning the deals

Earthlife Africa - Johannesburg and another Non-Governmental Organisaton challenged the Minister of Energy and others in the Western Cape High Court on the various steps taken with regard to South Africa’s nuclear power procurement programme.  The applicants in the case challenged the steps made by the Minister of Energy in 2013 and 2016, in terms of section 34 of the [...]

By | 27th April, 2017|Commercial Law, Constitutional Law, PPM Attorneys|

International Day of Human Space Flight – 12 April

South Africa’s involvement in Space On 7 April 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared 12 April as the International Day of Human Space Flight.  Its aim is “to celebrate each year at the international level the beginning of the space era for mankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing [...]

By | 12th April, 2017|PPM Attorneys, Technology Law|

Minister Gordhan’s Budget Speech Hints at Using Big Data To Give A Big Beating To Corrupt Officials

Mining has commonly been a catalyst for exponential development.  Coal mining brought about the industrial revolution, diamond mining resulted in Kimberly being the second city in the world to have electric streetlights, gold mining turned the once penal colony of Australia into a cutting edge country, and now data mining is propelling the digital revolution to dizzying heights. As mentioned [...]

By | 17th March, 2017|Commercial Law, PPM Attorneys, Technology Law|

THE SASSA CONTROVERSY: ASPECTS RELATED TO THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

    Background The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is in hot water. If the matter is not handled properly – and quickly, it could result in millions of beneficiaries drowning in financial woes. SASSA’s current contract for the payment of social grants expires on 31 March 2017. Although unlikely, there is a chance that beneficiaries may not be [...]

Businesses lure Pokémon Go players to their doorsteps

Businesses have latched on to the Pokémon GO phenomenon by luring customers to their doorsteps, quite literally. The game offers a range of in-app purchases and the one that is most important for businesses is lures. A lure module allows you to attract wild Pokémon, thereby increasing the rate of Pokémon generation in the area around the Pokéstop where they [...]

By | 12th August, 2016|Advertising law, Commercial Law, PPM Attorneys|

Your private Facebook messages can be used in court against you even if you were hacked

The recent judgement of Harvey v Niland and Others, has drawn attention to the limitation of our fundamental right to privacy on social media platforms. This has major implications on our private social media activities as any personal information that you send can potentially be used in court, irrespective of how these messages were obtained. This judgement was handed down [...]

By | 26th April, 2016|PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law, Social media law|