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Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Act, No. 3 of 2013

Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Act, No. 3 of 2013

The controversial new e-toll bill was passed into law by President Jacob Zuma yesterday as the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Act, No. 3 of 2013.  It is not yet in operation, and will come into operation on a date determined by the President by proclamation in the Gazette. The long title provides that its purpose is: […]

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Plain language finally makes it to the High Court – Elizabeth de Stadler

Plain language and generally fair contracts are good for business. If a contract is not aimed at making the transaction understandable to consumer, what are we doing really? More importantly, if the consumer understands the contract, would the dispute have reached the court with the related legal and reputational costs? In short, contracts should be […]

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Education Department taken to court over school furniture shortages – Legal Resources Centre

DBE taken to court over school furniture shortages in the Eastern Cape Friday 19 October 2012  The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) has filed an application with the Eastern Cape High Court in Mthatha on behalf of the Centre for Child Law (CCL) and parents from three Eastern Cape schools. The matter is scheduled to be […]

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Lawyers in the CCMA – John Grogan

It’s been a long time coming – about 15 years in fact. Finally, a court has ruled (in Law Society of the Northern Provinces v Minister of Labour & others)that the CCMA’s strange rule which allows commissioners to expel lawyers from arbitrations concerning dismissals for misconduct and incapacity is irrational, arbitrary, unjustifiable and unconstitutional.

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A COURT TOO FAR? REGIONAL COURTS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA AND EUROPE – by Jeremy Gauntlett

There are three ways to view the advent of international courts – ‘Community law’, as some style it – in Europe and Southern Africa. The first is suggested by the title for this session: a noble dream, but one which wakes to disillusion, or dysfunction, or both. The second is Lacey’s antithesis: nightmare…. In Southern […]

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CCMA announces office address updates – by Peter Kantor

The Rules of the CCMA have been amended in GN. R 494 dated 15 June 2012 by updating the addresses of the offices of the CCMA. This is important for users of the CCMA not only to help them find their way there, but also delivery of documents to the CCMA in terms of the […]

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Who can apply for rescission of a CCMA award? A lesson to look beyond the CCCMA Rules to the Labour Relations Act

Applying the rules of the CCMA is not always plain sailing, as the dismissed employee found out in the case of Builders Trade Depot v CCMA and Others LC D822/10 28 November 2011 per Steenkamp J (summarised in SILCS 2012:07). The employee had been dismissed for drinking on duty whilst on a written warning for the […]

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Is The Legal Practice Bill “the biggest single threat to an independent legal profession, and so to the courts, in South Africa’s legal history.”?

Jeremy Gauntlett suggests it might just be…. Minister of Justice Jeff Radebe has chosen a sponsored breakfast to announce that the Legal Practice Bill, 2012 is imminently to go through Parliament. It is the biggest single threat to an independent legal profession, and so to the courts, in South Africa’s legal history. Crying wolf ? […]

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