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How to prepare and supplement forn enduro events

How to prepare and supplement forn enduro events

Enduro events, an adventurous form of motorcycle sport on courses that are predominantly off-road, have become increasingly popular in South Africa’s sports and fitness community. According to professional off-road enduro racer and USN ambassador, Kenny Gilberts, there are many misconceptions when it comes to preparing for endurance events, particularly with regards to supplements. “I often find that enduro competitors load their bodies with anything and everything that they are able to get their hands on. This is not sustainable as your body needs to be managed well and fuelled properly.”

Five ways to save money this holiday season

Five ways to save money this holiday season

Before you know it, another year will be coming to a close, but not before the holiday season comes around. Christmas is the time to spend with family and friends, spoiling both them and yourself. But this can be expensive. You probably don’t want to be starting the New Year with an empty pocket, so […]

New commission to look into BEE fronting

New commission to look into BEE fronting

By More Matshediso Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies on Tuesday announced that the department will soon look for nominations and applications for the establishment of a commission to look into fronting. Minister Davies said the commission, which will be headed up by a commissioner, will deal with fronting, fraud and other issues that affect […]

Professional behaviour in the business environment

Professional behaviour in the business environment

Etiquette Etiquette is all the customary rules of social behaviour in civilized society. In business and professional circles we concentrate on codes of behaviour which apply to specific situations.  Etiquette is the social code for successful human relations. Any person who deals with the public and comes into contact with colleagues needs to know good […]

Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value: How do we get there?

Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value: How do we get there?

The Employment Equity Act, 47 of 2013 & Employment Equity Regulations, 2014 By Johann Scheepers Important Issues and Questions? The Employment Equity Amendment Act, 47 of 2013 [EEA] and the Employment Equity Regulations, 2014 [EER] came into effect on 01 August 2014, ‘with barely a ripple in the human resources community…surprising, since this was the […]

Ebola requires thorough preparation, not panic

Ebola requires thorough preparation, not panic

In 2007, Lebanese-American risk analyst, statistician and author, Professor Nassim Nicholas Taleb, published a book called The Black Swan, which has since been described in a (US) Sunday Times review as one of the twelve most influential books since World Ward II. In this book he sets out what he calls the Black Swan Theory […]

Fibre land grab turns to gold rush

Fibre land grab turns to gold rush

Rob Lith – In a recent article we noted a spate of excellent low-cost fibre-based Internet offerings from a spread of providers, pointing out enormous benefits for customer of all sizes and fortunes. And while there has been little to suggest any downside, signs are that a kind of gold fever is gripping the telco […]

Q&A on the current market turbulence from Peter Brooke

Q&A on the current market turbulence from Peter Brooke

What are the main reasons for the JSE’s All Share declining by so much over the past few weeks? The South African equity market has corrected for a number of reasons including: The strong US dollar has meant lower commodity prices dragging down our mining shares, which have fallen nearly 20% Weaker growth in China […]

Rape not an inherent risk of employment – SCA rules that MEC liable for damages after doctor's ordeal

Rape not an inherent risk of employment – SCA rules that MEC liable for damages after doctor’s ordeal

By Johan Botes, Director- Employment Law, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr An employee, who suffered the horrendous ordeal of being raped whilst on duty, is not precluded from suing her employer for damages. This is according to Johan Botes, Director in the Employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr,  who explained that the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA), […]

Who should do the job of Judging our Judges?

Who should do the job of Judging our Judges?

The most carefully considered decision, in any established democracy, is the way judges are appointed. Selecting those responsible for interpreting the Constitution and upholding the framework of rights and responsibilities within which society functions, is the most essential element in protecting our freedoms. Beyond our Constitution’s requirement that “any appropriately qualified woman or man who […]

Employee happiness: Let Google show you how

Employee happiness: Let Google show you how

A Happiness and Productivity study, done by the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, found that happiness made people around 12% more productive. Professor Andrew Oswald, one of the lead researchers, put forward Google as one company that has cottoned on to the value of satisfied employees. By investing more in employee support and […]

SA Today: What not to do when a province runs dry

SA Today: What not to do when a province runs dry

In democracies across the world today, access to clean drinking water is a basic human right. In 2010 the United Nations voted to expand the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to include the right to clean water. Governments who supported this, like ours, commit to ensuring that people can enjoy “sufficient, safe, accessible and affordable […]

Are You Ready for Retirement?

Are You Ready for Retirement?

The Wealth Corporation to host a series of retirement-readiness seminars across South Africa  (Cape Town, South Africa –  7 October 2014) The idea of retirement or retirement planning elicits different emotional responses from different people. Some  breathe easy when they think about their retirement nest egg, while others experience uncertainty, fear and even a sense of panic […]

NEMA Section 24G fines - The fine imposed may not be the end of the matter

NEMA Section 24G fines – The fine imposed may not be the end of the matter

Environmental law has seen unprecedented growth in the number of statutes promulgated and regulations drafted in terms thereof in the last 15 years, and keeping abreast of the latest developments in respect of environmental law is a tough task even for legal practitioners.  But more than the development of the law has been the growth […]

Be wise and stay safe in your estate

Be wise and stay safe in your estate

Residential estates and townhouse complexes have mushroomed over the last few years and range in size from around 40 units to huge developments of thousands. “Unfortunately crime syndicates often target lifestyle estates,” says Martin Kriel, Managing Director of ADT Security’s East Coast Region. “Criminals are cunning and have been known to abuse contractors and service […]

Assessment of compliance with employer's Employment Equity requirements

Assessment of compliance with employer’s Employment Equity requirements

By Aadil Patel Director, Employment Law, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Section 42 of the amended Employment Equity Act, No 55 of 1998, (EEA), as amended by the Employment Equity Amendment Act, No 47 of 2013, deals with the assessment of compliance with employment equity by a designated employer. The EEA places a positive duty on a […]

Be smart and comply – Employment Equity Plans

Be smart and comply – Employment Equity Plans

By Nicholas Preston, Senior Associate, Employment, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr One of the primary goals of the Employment Equity Act, No 55 of 1998 (EEA) is to redress the disparities in the workplace resulting from Apartheid policies by achieving equitable representation in all occupational levels in the workforce. The Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) has reported […]

A trillion good reasons to stop Zuma’s Nuclear Deal

A trillion good reasons to stop Zuma’s Nuclear Deal

When a government department issues a bombshell press statement about a nuclear deal the size of the entire South African budget, and no one in the department except the Minister seems to know about it, alarm bells should be ringing. When the same contentious statement is issued verbatim and simultaneously by the Russian nuclear vendor […]

Stricter enforcement of the EEA under the amendments

Stricter enforcement of the EEA under the amendments

By Aadil Patel and Kirsten Caddy; Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr The Employment Equity Act, No 55 of 1998 (EEA or Act) has been extensively amended. The amended act came into force and effect on 1 August 2014. This article examines the more stringent enforcement mechanisms introduced by the amendment act. Employment Equity disputes Enforcement of employer […]

The Urban Development Zone Tax Incentive

The Urban Development Zone Tax Incentive

South Africa, like many countries around the world, has areas which suffer from urban decay.  0In 2003 the Urban Development Zone (UDZ) tax incentive was introduced under section 13quat of the Income Tax Act, 1962 to promote urban renewal in demarcated areas.  The UDZ incentive provides for an allowance for the taxpayer which when claimed, […]