Many people have been swindled out of their hard-earned money due to lack of information on fraud. On a daily basis, fraudsters prowl the internet in search of their next victim. Do not become the next victim! The rule of thumb is “if an offer looks too good to be true, it probably is.” Joe received an email on his [...]
Who is Liable for the Listeria Outbreak? A deadly outbreak of listeria, which has claimed up to 180 lives, has been narrowed down to the source. The Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Sunday that the recent outbreak of listeriosis has been traced to Enterprise’s Polokwane Facility. Chief Executive Officer at Tiger Brands, Lawrence MacDougall has subsequently suspended [...]
The Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 (“the CPA”) is one of the simplest pieces of legislation – and consequently, it provides for the plain and simple language in consumer contracts. The law of contract is regulated by common law and the CPA seeks to create statutory obligations to impact the common law of contract. As a result, the CPA [...]
The Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”) has recently released its finding on the complaint laid by Unilever against Mars. In its complaint, Unilever alleged that Mars was using misleading packing for its Royco soup. The packing of the soup contained the words “for every pack you buy, you feed a hungry child”. Unilever argued that consumers purchasing the soup were being [...]
The newly formed Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (“CIPC”), established “with the aim of promoting growth, employment, innovation, stability, good governance, confidence and international competitiveness.” Further stated on the CIPC’s website, is that it “seeks to assert the commission as a credible independent and transparent regulator, on par with the rest of the world.” We have to use CIPC to [...]
1. Introduction The National Credit Act, Act 34 of 2005, is by many standards a relatively new piece of legislation. The NCA, as it is commonly referred to, is yet to be properly understood by the ordinary consumer, with whom in mind, it was created. The preamble states that the purpose of the NCA is to “to promote a fair [...]
From the consumers’ perspective: a practical application of sections 14a and 14b of the pension funds act 24 of 1956 as amended.
It is a supported view that the primary objective of enacting the numerous amendments to the Pension Funds Act has always been to enhance the protection of pension interests of fund members, given that dedicated contributions towards their retirement often extend across their lifetimes and serve as the most significant source of saving for most individuals in formal employment. The [...]