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Suspended Prison Sentence for breach of Labour Court Order

Suspended Prison Sentence for breach of Labour Court Order

By Neil Coetzer, Senior Associate, Employment Law, Benefits & Industrial Relations, Cowan-Harper Attorneys On 14 January 2016 the Labour Court handed down judgment in the matter of Orthocraft (Pty) Ltd t/a Advanced Hair Studios v Musindo & Another (J1636/15) [2016] ZALCJHB 12. The case concerned an application to declare the respondents to be in contempt of an […]

World real estate accounts for 60 percent of all mainstream assets

World real estate accounts for 60 percent of all mainstream assets

The total value of all developed real estate on the globe reached US$217 trillion in 2015, according to calculations by international real estate adviser, Savills, which is represented in Africa by Pam Golding Properties. Issued for the first time, the analysis measures the entire developed property universe including commercial and residential property as well as […]

Cartoon - The Censor

Cartoon – The Censor

Nissan gearing up for further growth in 2016

Nissan gearing up for further growth in 2016

Nissan South Africa is poised for further growth this year, following a strong performance in a challenging market in calendar year 2015. Brian Joss – The maker of Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun-branded vehicles last year recorded an overall market share of 8%, which was up 0.6% percentage points from 7.4% in 2014. This was achieved […]

Safer Internet day 09 February 2016

Safer Internet day 09 February 2016

Microsoft – Keeping children productive and safe on the Net By Anthony Doherty, Windows Business Group Lead In the cloud-first, mobile-first era, students, parents, and teachers are empowered to accomplish more by tapping into the power of the Internet, social networks, data analytics and mobile devices. However, online safety concerns still remain for both parents as […]

Cartoon: Interpreting Politicians

Cartoon: Interpreting Politicians

BOKAMOSO | Nkandla is about much more than paying back the money

BOKAMOSO | Nkandla is about much more than paying back the money

Nkandla is well established as the prime symbol of corruption and wasteful expenditure in SA. But it is the DA’s intention that the saga will ultimately serve to confirm the legal authority of the Public Protector, one of the most important institutions of our democracy. Next Tuesday, 9 February, the Constitutional Court is set to […]

When all is not what it seemed

When all is not what it seemed

Examples abound in our case law of disgruntled buyers who, after concluding a purchase, realise that what they have purchased is not fit for the purpose for which it was bought as a result of certain defects. Rosanne Gorven – Courts have interpreted a ‘defect’ as something substantially impairing the use or effectiveness of the asset purchased.  […]

Honda Civic Type R: what boy racers have been waiting for

Honda Civic Type R: what boy racers have been waiting for

The world’s most keenly anticipated hot hatch, the all-new Honda Civic Type R, has arrived in South Africa. Brian Joss – Billed as a ‘race car for the road’, this latest-generation Civic Type R delivers unrivalled performance and driving involvement. “The all-new Honda Civic Type R is the most extreme and highest performing Type R […]

Do your homework first before servicing your vehicle when it’s out of warranty, says AA

Do your homework first before servicing your vehicle when it’s out of warranty, says AA

Servicing your vehicle, especially a vehicle which is out of its warranty period, can be a daunting experience. Brian Joss – While there are many reliable, and reputable, operators on the market, there are those who take advantage of a lack of knowledge of modern vehicles, in order to fleece consumers. One indication of how […]

New generation Mercedes A-Class combines performance and comfort

New generation Mercedes A-Class combines performance and comfort

The new-generation A-Class from Mercedes-Benz reconciles the conflicting aims of sporty performance and enhanced comfort. Brian Joss – With Dynamic Select, the driver is able to change the best-seller’s characteristics in a matter of seconds – at the touch of a button the A-Class drives in a particularly comfortable, sporty or efficient manner. Mercedes‑Benz offers […]

Cash-strapped consumers switching to used carbank market, says WesBank

Cash-strapped consumers switching to used carbank market, says WesBank

New vehicle sales saw a sharp decline in the first month of 2016, reflecting the current sentiment in South Africa’s economy. Brian Joss – The latest consolidated sales data from the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) shows industry sales totalling 48 615 vehicles, a year-on-year decline of 6.9%. Sales in all […]

Cartoon - Singing the One Tune

Cartoon – Singing the One Tune

Toyota gets off to a strong start for 2016

Toyota gets off to a strong start for 2016

The auto market in South Africa got off to a cautious start in 2016 with a few players maintaining sales momentum while others posted tepid results. Brian Joss – This is clearly reflected in the year-on-year decline in aggregate new-vehicle registrations which saw 48 615 units retailed in January 2016, compared to the 52 228 vehicles […]

Q60 sports coupe and QX30 crossover to make global debut at Geneva Motor Show

Q60 sports coupe and QX30 crossover to make global debut at Geneva Motor Show

With the European debut of the Q60 sports coupe and the QX30 premium active crossover, Infiniti will present two all-new expressive models at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1. Brian Joss – Joining them will be the further upgraded Q50. All three share Infiniti’s iconic design language, innovative technologies and precise driving characteristics. All-new […]

Lexmark applauds European Commission plans and outlines measures to curb printer cartridge waste in Europe

Lexmark applauds European Commission plans and outlines measures to curb printer cartridge waste in Europe

Calls on industry to help promote cartridge reuse and recycling Lexmark today issued a call-to-action to the printer cartridge industry in Europe, urging it to support a range of measures to curb waste and encourage reuse and recycling. These measures support the European Commission’s recently adopted Circular Economy Package, a plan of action which includes […]

Cartoon - All Aboard!

Cartoon – All Aboard!

Tata launches Evolve Special Edition, a high spec bakkie with lots of  mod-cons

Tata launches Evolve Special Edition, a high spec bakkie with lots of mod-cons

Brian Joss – Accordian Investments, which markets Tata cars and light commercials in South Africa, has introduced a higher spec double cab pick-up, Evolve limited edition, which is based on the Xenon XT models. The Evolve is available only in white with a significantly different exterior and interior appearance to distinguish it from the other […]

Workplace Discipline – Back to Basics

Workplace Discipline – Back to Basics

By Judith Griessel, Griessel Consulting The Labour Relations Act does not prescribe that a disciplinary hearing must take place before an employee may be disciplined or dismissed for misconduct. Procedurally, only an “investigation” and compliance with a few other principles are required for a fair process.  Achieving substantive fairness is somewhat more complex and this […]

Kia’s Sportage and Optima win coveted design prizes

Kia’s Sportage and Optima win coveted design prizes

Brian Joss – Kia Motors has won two awards to add to its growing collection of prizes for the outstanding design of its cars. Their newest models – the KIA Sportage compact SUV and KIA Optima sedan – have received prestigious iF Design Awards, making 2016 the seventh year in succession that Kia has won […]

Justifying Retrenchment – Clarification from the Labour Court

Justifying Retrenchment – Clarification from the Labour Court

By Neil Coetzer, Senior Associate, Employment Law, Benefits & Industrial Relations, Cowan-Harper Attorneys Several industries in South Africa are experiencing difficulties due to both micro and macro-economic factors. As a result, employers are re-evaluating their positions and are considering restructuring – either in order to increase their profitability or to remain viable in the current adverse economic […]

BOKAMOSO | The DA’s version of BEE will deliver real Black Economic Empowerment

BOKAMOSO | The DA’s version of BEE will deliver real Black Economic Empowerment

I want to start by making it crystal clear that the DA unequivocally supports truly broad-based black empowerment. This is important, because it is a widely held misconception that we do not. A systematic, well-designed mechanism to open up equity, employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities to the vast majority of South Africans who were denied […]

Cartoon - The Fabric of our Society?

Cartoon – The Fabric of our Society?