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COURTS v COVID – 19

In 2010 the notion of the use of electronic communication by courts was a rumour in South Africa’s judicial system. It’s interesting to note that, because of an unprecedented consequence of the global pandemic, the courts, like the other branches of state power, have taken drastic measures to reduce the local transmission of Covid - 19. The courts are hoping [...]

By | 2nd April, 2020|4IR, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, PPM Attorneys|

Covid-19 and Workplace Safety

In January 2020, the World Health Organisation (“WHO”) declared the outbreak of a new Coronavirus disease in Hubei Province, China to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and on 11 March 2020, a pandemic. [1] Many businesses have in the past few weeks been faced with the challenge of having to deal with the effects of Covid-19 within [...]

By | 2nd April, 2020|Labour law, PPM Attorneys|

Fake News in the time of Covid – 19

Fake news has caused mass panic in these times of global crisis. It not only makes people believe false things, but also makes them less likely to accept or consume accurate information. On 18 March 2020, government gazette no. 43107 issued regulations in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002. These regulations deal specifically with the Covid [...]

By | 2nd April, 2020|Constitutional Law, Human rights, Media Law, PPM Attorneys, Social media law|

South African Covid-19 mobile track and trace laws – should we be worried?

In last night’s update on the Covid-19 pandemic, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that “Using mobile technology, an extensive tracing system will be rapidly deployed to trace those who have been in contact with confirmed coronavirus cases and to monitor the geographical location of new cases in real time.” You may ask: What about my right to privacy? What [...]

Reduction of data prices for Vodacom consumers: Is it enough?

On 10 March, the Competition Commission announced that Vodacom has agreed to reduce their data prices by at least 30% from 1 April 2020. This announcement comes as a result of a data services market inquiry performed by the Competition Commission which focused particularly on the high prices of data provided by telecommunications giants MTN and Vodacom. The report highlighted [...]

By | 1st April, 2020|Cybersecurity, Data Protection, IT Law, Media Law|

It is imperative that your contract contains a force majeure clause

Force majeure refers to a clause that is included in contracts to indemnify against liability for natural and unavoidable catastrophes that interrupt the expected course of events and restrict participants from fulfilling obligations.[1] In the case of Rumdel Cape and Others v South Africa Roads Agency Soc Ltd & Others[2], the Supreme Court of Appeal defined the force majeure as [...]

By | 1st April, 2020|Commercial Law, Constitutional Law, Contract Law|

Legal considerations around eCommerce

We live in an ever globalised and connected world where it is possible to buy someone lunch across borders using a website or a mobile app. As the sale of goods and services from website and mobile apps increase, the appetite for online shopping continues to grow. However, various legal considerations should be made when selling goods or services online. [...]

By | 11th March, 2020|Commercial Law, Consumer Law, Contract Law, PPM Attorneys|

THE “NEDBANK BREACH”: WHAT IF THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ACT WAS IN FORCE?

Nedbank has handled the data breach its direct marketing services supplier - Computer Facilities (Pty) Ltd – suffered last week, reasonably well. This is evident from how they appear to have investigated it, to their frank, factual and informative press release. Apart from some reputational damage and a few million rand in forensics, legal and public relations agency fees, Nedbank [...]

By | 11th March, 2020|4IR, Cybersecurity, Data Protection, GDPR, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law, Technology Law|

Publish your intended sale of business or creditors will come knocking at your door

Section 34 of the Insolvency Act, 24 of 1936 provides for a trader[1] to publish a notice of intended disposition[2] (“notice”) of a business before the intended sale. Purpose of section 34 of the Insolvency Act The purpose of this provision is to prevent sellers from disposing of businesses when they are in financial difficulties and spending the proceeds from [...]

By | 10th March, 2020|Commercial Law, Constitutional Law, PPM Attorneys|

Protection of personal information during the Coronavirus outbreak

Introduction On 5 March 2020, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed South Africa’s first case of the Coronavirus.[1] The news alert indicated that the patient had travelled to Italy with his wife and they were part of a group of 10 travellers. After consultation with his doctor, it was confirmed that the patient had been infected with coronavirus [...]

By | 10th March, 2020|4IR, Data Protection, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|