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Data protection laws and regulations are proliferating across Africa

Africa Update

The proliferation of technology and the growing digital landscape have led to an unprecedented collection, processing, and sharing of personal data. This has exposed individuals to potential privacy breaches, identity theft, and unauthorised use of their personal information. As a result, a need for robust data protection measures in the African market has become paramount. […]

Unpacking potential liability and costs of doing business in Africa arising from e-waste

Africa Update

A LEX Africa webinar on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues on the continent. Natalie Scott, director of Werksmans Attorneys, the LEX Africa member firm for South Africa, moderated the webinar and introduced the speakers from other LEX Africa member firms, namely Seyram Dzikunu, a partner at Ghanaian firm Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah, Hend El […]

Technology Media & Telecommunications in Africa update

Africa Update

This e-bulletin highlights key legislative and regulatory developments in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors in sub-saharan Africa.  This issue covers the period 16 April 2023 to 15 July 2023 and includes developments from Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. eSwatini Notice […]

A Boom in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Awareness is Proliferating Globally

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A Boom in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) is Proliferating Globally Globally there is a growing awareness and move towards implementing Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategies and policies by both multinational and local organisations and countries looking to protect their assets and resources. Athi Jara, director at Werksmans, spoke on this interesting subject at […]

COMESA Competition Commission celebrates 10-year anniversary in Malawi

Africa Update

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Competition Commission recently celebrated 10 years of operation in Lilongwe, Malawi. The Honourable Simplex Chithyola, Malawi’s Minister of Trade and Industry opened the two-day event. In his opening speech he said, “Despite the remarkable progress that our COMESA region has made in facilitating trade, particularly through […]

Digital currencies and services gaining momentum across the continent

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A McKinsey report earlier this month highlights that although cash is still king in Africa its supremacy is likely to be increasingly challenged as e-payments gain momentum. With innovation escalating there is a shift in the way people pay for goods and services with electronic payments rapidly displacing cash and cryptocurrency and digital currencies emerging […]

Dispute resolution practices progressing across the continent

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Dispute resolution practices vary in many respects from one African country to another, although some significant similarities are apparent. The latter includes a predominance of preference for litigation in handling disputes, for various reasons, although arbitration is gaining increasing acceptance, while mediation is lagging behind. This was highlighted in the responses LEX Africa received from […]

Jump the gun, bite the bullet: Consequences of failure to notify a merger in Africa

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Article by Paul Coetser, Director & Head of Competition, and Sandiso Dhlomo, Candidate Attorney of Werksmans Attorneys, South Africa It is no longer a surprise that many, if not most, African countries now have competition laws. In addition, Africa has five regional economic areas with competition rules. In many of these countries and regional areas, […]

AfCFTA: Key pillars mostly in place for Africa’s ambitious free trade scheme

Africa Update

Just over a year has passed since the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) officially kicked off in January 2021, and there are encouraging signs of progress. The ambitious plan to revolutionise trade on the continent is expected to reduce input costs, transport costs, and delays for African exporters in reaching regional and global markets. […]


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