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Criminalisation of Cartels: A potential cure with side effects – South Africa

Competition authorities particularly in the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia have enacted and entrenched criminal penalties for cartel behaviour. South Africa seems to desire to follow suit although the amendments to our Competition Act, (“Competition Act”) in relation to criminal sanctions have yet to come into operation. INTRODUCTION Punishing cartel ring-leaders, the offenders, […]

South African Tax Amendments 2015

Africa Update

  INTRODUCTION Following a trend which commenced in 2013, the number and scope of proposed changes to the various fiscal Acts (mainly the Income Tax Act and VAT Act) continue to fall. This, no doubt, reflects the depletion of skills at Treasury, and the failure to replace them. Moreover, those changes that have been announced […]

The Current state of Mining in Africa

Africa Update

As the 2015 Mining Indaba kicked off in Cape Town earlier this month, Chris Stevens, Director at South African LEX Africa member Werksmans Attorneys, shared his thoughts on the current state of mining in Africa. Watch the full interview on CNBC Africa’s Open Exchange, here.

A decade under Des

Africa Update

As Des Williams steps down as Chairman of Werksmans Attorneys, South African LEX Africa member firm, we take the opportunity to reflect on a decade under his leadership and the great strides that Werksmans made with Des at the helm. Des has been with the firm since 1974. He has been a Director since March 1979 and Chairman since […]

Football fixture lists are subject to copyright protection in South Africa

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In a recent landmark judgment the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg declared that the fixture lists compiled by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) for its annual and weekly fixtures are subject to copyright protection as afforded by the South African Copyright Act. The defendants, Gidani (Proprietary) Limited, South Africa’s licensed national lottery […]

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