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SELF-DRIVING VEHICLE LAWS EXIST ONLY IN THE FUTURE

When then South African Minister of Transport, Blade Nzimande, was asked when self-driving vehicle (“SDV”) regulations would be introduced during a parliamentary Q&A session, he answered that there are currently no self-driving cars on the country’s roads, and that government has plans for their introduction but not in  the immediate future.[1]  This begs the  question of how government and business [...]

By | 10th October, 2019|4IR, AI, Technology Law|

Cloud services contracts and the data protection

Technology constantly revolves and brings with it new opportunities for economic growth and development. Cloud services are one such technological development that has disrupted how businesses, organisations and private persons manage and store their data. Most people and businesses have migrated data management and IT solutions from the use of USBs, external hard drives, and hardware servers to cloud based [...]

Bogus recruitment agencies feed off vulnerable jobseekers

With the South African unemployment rate at its peak, some phony recruitment agencies are exploiting the jobseekers and taking the little that they have towards their search of employment.  The unemployment rate in South Africa has increased to 29% in the second quarter of 2019 from 27.6% in the previous period.[1] You may directly or indirectly have been adversely affected [...]

By | 8th October, 2019|Constitutional Law, Labour law|

Should shoppers conform to a store’s dress code?

A dress code is a set of rules, often written, with regards to clothing.[1] There was a recent incident where a customer was refused entry into a reputable store merely because of how she was dressed.  But, do you, as a customer, ever glance at or read the store’s policy upon entry? Do customers have to adhere to the store’s [...]

By | 3rd September, 2019|Constitutional Law, Human rights, PPM Attorneys|

King IV: Why you should comply!

King IV is a voluntary set of principles and leading practices that guides corporate governance, which is defined as ethical and effective leadership. It sets out the philosophy, practices, principles and outcomes which basically set the standard for corporate governance in South Africa. It applies to all organisations irrespective of the entity. There are 4 main outcomes that King IV [...]

By | 3rd September, 2019|Compliance Law, PPM Attorneys, Regulatory and Governance|

To Disclaim or Not to Disclaim

Disclaimers are a good way for businesses to contract out of liability.  Most businesses disclaim any improper or unlawful use or dissemination of information contained in an electronic message or attachment or any harm or loss resulting from malicious software, code or viruses contained in an electronic message. Generally, an email disclaimer may address issues such as confidentiality, copyright, contract [...]

By | 3rd September, 2019|Cybersecurity, Data Protection, IP Law, IT Law, Media Law, PPM Attorneys|

A broad overview of South Africa’s position on digital payments

It is interesting to note that there is now a growing number of places around the world that are refusing to accept paper money payments.  There are even communities that exist where merchants often frown upon using paper money.  Take the declining use of cash in Sweden, Kenya and China for example, South Africa may not be too far behind. [...]

By | 3rd September, 2019|4IR, Fintech, PPM Attorneys, Technology Law|

Use of Facial recognition in schools sanctioned under GDPR

Biometrics is often presented as the most ergonomic and effective way of organising access control.  And this is probably the case! Local Swedish authorities reported that teachers were spending 17,000 hours a year reporting on attendance[1].  Given this shocking statistic, facial recognition at the classroom entrance could well be a very attractive option… The Swedish Data Protection Authority (the “Swedish [...]

By | 3rd September, 2019|4IR, Data Protection, GDPR, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

And the winner is…

Promotional competitions and prize draws are one of the ways in which businesses increase sales of goods and services, while creating brand awareness among consumers.[1] Such competitions can be entered into via television, radio, company websites, newspapers as well as social media platforms. The Consumer Protection Act[2] (“CPA”) regulates promotional competitions or prize draws in South Africa.  Part E of [...]

A recent practice directive to regulate case management, trial allocation and enrolment of trial matters at certain courts

The practice directive (“directive”) applies to both the Pretoria and Johannesburg High Courts.  The provisions of the directive prevail over any provision in the practice manuals of either court. Some of the changes brought by the directive Application for trial dates will resume on 1 August 2019.  When a summons is issued (a court stamp is affixed to the summons [...]

By | 1st August, 2019|Administrative Law, Legal Practice, PPM Attorneys|