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COVID-19 AND POPIAs IMPACT ON COMPANY AGMS

On 15 March, due to the Covid - 19 pandemic, the state issued an order which prohibits the holding of public meetings. These clear measures were introduced to combat the spread of Covid – 19 and are expected to influence the chosen format of annual general meetings (“AGMs”) for a long time. Against this background of the Covid - 19 [...]

By | 14th July, 2020|4IR, Company Law, Data Protection, PPM Attorneys, Privacy Law|

POPIA is vital for 4IR law

The fourth industrial revolution (“4IR”) is causing significant changes to the way we live, interact and do business. This is the future of technology, where objects, machines and various other devices connect with each other in a secure, networked environment. 4IR is being driven by intelligent machines that can perform complex tasks automatically by communicating with other machines, with little [...]

ICLG – DATA PROTECTION 2020 IS NOW LIVE – SOUTH AFRICA CHAPTER BY PPM ATTORNEYS

Here's a link to a very useful guide on South Africa's Protection of Personal Information Act, prepared by Delphine Daversin and Melody Musoni as part of the International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG) - Data protection law and Regulations 2020. This guide, published by Global Legal Guide (GLG) is available on line for 39 jurisdictions. It also includes expert analysis chapters [...]

THE INVITATIONS TO APPLY FOR SOUTH AFRICA’S HIGH DEMAND SPECTRUM AUCTION AND WIRELESS OPEN ACCESS NETWORKS ARE IMMINENT

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (“ICASA”), the country’s communications regulator, last night, briefed Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Communications on progress regarding the licensing of the long awaited high-demand frequency spectrum (“the IMT Spectrum”), the licensing of the Wireless Open Access Network (“the WOAN”) and the regulation of TV White Spaces. ICASA Councillor, Nomonde Gongxeka-Seopa, who spoke on behalf [...]

By | 24th June, 2020|4IR, IT Law, PPM Attorneys, Technology Law, Telecommunications Law|

THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ACT WILL BE IN FORCE FROM 1 JULY 2020: GREAT NEWS FOR SA’S DIGITAL ECONOMY

South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced yesterday that the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 will be fully effective from 1 July 2020.[1] This is great news for SA because it enhances its plans to grow its digital economy. For example, if SA is able to show that its data privacy law is adequate for the European Union’s purposes, more [...]

COVID-19: The importance working paperlessly in law firms

The spread of COVID-19 has negatively influenced the output of work at a global level. It has affected nearly every sector and has ultimately halted cross border trade. As the coronavirus unfolds across countries, many firms have adopted a policy which allows their employees to work remotely. However, considering the number of law firms that are wholly reliant on paper [...]

Corporate governance considerations during Covid – 19

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented business disruption. It has forced companies to respond to new and ever-changing risks and challenges, from employees' health and safety to site closures. During these trying times, appropriate corporate governance is more important than ever. King IV is a voluntary set of principles and leading practices that guides corporate governance toward ethical and effective [...]

By | 15th May, 2020|Company Law, Compliance Law|

Coronavirus trademarks in South Africa

The month of March has seen a rush of new trademarks being applied for at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (“CIPC”). This has become the case in other jurisdictions around the world as well, with people trying to profit off the pandemic by registering these trademarks in the pharmaceutical category. In the United States, more than a dozen applications [...]

By | 15th May, 2020|Copyright, Copyright Law, IP Law, PPM Attorneys|

The rights of women in customary marriages

The Recognition of Customary Marriages Act, 120 of 1998 (“the Act”) prescribes the formalities that need to be complied with in order for a customary marriage to be valid. Section 4(3) of the Act provides for customary marriages to be registered within a stipulated time period. However, failure to register a customary marriage does not affect its validity. Many customary marriages, [...]

By | 15th May, 2020|Constitutional Law, family law, PPM Attorneys|

COVID-19 Update: Verifying Electronic Signatures and Notarisation

Within the past month, we have gone from mainly needing to authenticate and verify documents through a physical (wet-ink) signature to an era where the need to authenticate and verify documents online is inevitable. We have effectively moved from paper-based certification and verification to electronic authentication This effectively, all in a bid to safeguard against the COVID – 19 pandemic, [...]