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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|

South Africa’s Minister of Communications releases policy direction on WOAN licensing

South Africa's Minister of Communications has released the long awaited Policy on High Demand Spectrum and Policy Direction on the Licensing of a Wireless Open Access Network ("WOAN"). This puts the wheels in motion to release much needed frequency spectrum, with the WOAN getting preferential treatment in the 700, 800 and MHz bands. Click on the link below for the [...]

By | 26th July, 2019|4IR, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Technology Law, Telecommunications Law|

4IR laws we need to achieve our Smart City

Last week’s SONA made me think of a young petrol attendant I met in the rural Eastern Cape.  He was eloquent, erudite and perfect for a business process outsourcing centre (BPO) type job, like a call centre.  After last week’s address, a smart city, or smart village, could well be bringing that BPO job to him. There are legal and [...]

Are we ready for 5G in South Africa?

  5G has become the new buzzword that we are hearing everywhere. 5G is said to be the era of intelligent connectivity, but what exactly is 5G? In short, 5G or fifth generation is cellular network technology that provides broadband access. It offers connections much faster than our current connection, but this technology is so much more than just faster [...]

What the #@$% did you just say???

Whether you’re a blogger, vlogger, e-newspaper or any other kind of online content creator, it’s likely that you receive a fair amount of comments on the content that you post. This creates meaningful dialogue and allows content consumers to engage and debate opinions. Online comments can be extremely valuable. People are able to provide insight and valuable knowledge on areas [...]

A LIST OF AI INNOVATIONS INFLUENCING THE LEGAL FIELD

AI and Technology systems innovation (AI-tech) has become a beacon of hope of what can be achieved by improved use of data science and machine learning to cope with a number of principal legal tasks in the judicial system.  Players in the legal field want to know how to make necessary improvements in the use of technologies and how it [...]

An overview on the law on child pornography in South Africa

I recently had an interview with Ligwalagwala FM on the dangers of posting nude photographs of children online. Who is considered a child in South Africa?  Section 18 of the Children’s Act, 2005 provides that a child is anyone under the age of 18 years old.  A child becomes a major / adult upon reaching the age of 18. Posting nude photographs of [...]

By | 24th June, 2019|Child law, Constitutional Law, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law, Social media law|

Why your Company Should Have A Social Media Policy

Many employees have access to their employer’s confidential information by virtue of their position.  Confidential information includes client information, trade secrets, computer passwords, information on sales and financial and may be extended to include information that your employer would generally not want to be public[1].  An employer has a right to protect its confidential information[2]. With the use of social [...]

Do social media influencers have to tell you when they’re #Sponsored?

What do Kylie Jenner, Selena Gomez, Christiano Ronaldo and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson all have in common?  They’ve all been paid close to a million dollars for a single post on social media. Sure, these are A list celebrities, but YouTube, Instagram, Vine and SnapChat stars like Lilly Singh, Zach King, Jake Paul and Lele Pons also have big brands [...]

By | 21st May, 2019|Advertising law, Consumer Law, Media Law, PPM Attorneys, Social media law|