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What about a Minimum National Wage for South Africa?

What about a Minimum National Wage for South Africa?

By Faan Coetzee Executive Consultant; Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr President Zuma recently announced measures to resolve the labour troubles afflicting especially the mining sector. In his state of the nation address he announced, amongst other things, the appointment of an Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Revitalisation of Distress Mining Communities. Further, he called on the social partners […]

Über wealthy on the increase ... and on the move, says Dr Andrew Golding

Über wealthy on the increase … and on the move, says Dr Andrew Golding

By Dr Andrew Golding, chief executive of the Pam Golding Property group A number of recent press reports have commented on the rising property market in South Africa and in particular the manner in which the very top end of that market is performing. Some recent research seems to corroborate what we are experiencing, which […]

Looking at the Middle East through the Lens of Ghandi

Looking at the Middle East through the Lens of Ghandi

Last Sunday, the arrival of another cold front tempted me to stay in bed, nurse my flu, and send apologies to the organisers of an event at Cape Town’s St George’s Cathedral. I’m glad I didn’t. It turned out to be one of those occasions that remind us never to take for granted how far […]

Department of Labour urges employers to comply with the new equity laws

Department of Labour urges employers to comply with the new equity laws

The Department of Labour has called on employers to abide by the freshly-amended employment equity Act in the interest of business and transformation in the country. This followed the signing into law by President Jacob Zuma earlier this week. The law will however kick in on August 1. Thembinkosi Mkalipi, acting deputy director general for […]

Understanding the implications of signing surety for business debt

Understanding the implications of signing surety for business debt

John was the owner of a successful picture framing business built up over many years. Like most entrepreneurs, John needed external funding to start up his venture, and signed surety for a bank loan to help his business grow. Unfortunately, John did not put any protective measures in place to secure his debt, and when […]

New Construction Regulations; 2014

New Construction Regulations; 2014

By Fanie de Swardt Most people are under the impression that the construction regulations would only be applicable to the construction industry itself, thus reasoning that the above mentioned changes will not have an effect on them. According to the Regulation 2 (1); these Regulations are applicable to all persons involved in construction work. In […]

Inside the SJC’s “social audit” of Khayelitsha’s flush toilets

Inside the SJC’s “social audit” of Khayelitsha’s flush toilets

I have written more newsletters about toilets than any other single topic. This is because sanitation is such a basic need — and such an enormous challenge — in our context of rapid urbanization. Toilets are also an emotive issue, not to mention politically explosive. So we accept that in the Western Cape (the only […]

The Taxpayers Burden

The Taxpayers Burden

A taxpayer bears the burden of proving that an amount or transaction is exempt or otherwise untaxable.  In a recent judgment, The Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service (SARS) v Pretoria East Motors, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) considered the taxpayer’s burden of proof.  The taxpayer was an authorised dealer for Toyota SA […]

Further increase in repo rate a dampener for property market, says Dr Andrew Golding

Further increase in repo rate a dampener for property market, says Dr Andrew Golding

While the residential property market in South Africa absorbed and adjusted to the January (2014) interest rate hike relatively seamlessly, there were concerns that inflationary pressures and the stance expressed at the previous meeting of the Monetary Police Committee would see the repo rate recommence on an upward cycle – as has transpired, says Dr […]

Enhance the safety of domestic staff

Enhance the safety of domestic staff

Domestic staff are often home alone for hours a day while the rest of the household is away at work and at school. “For this reason, it is important that they are empowered with knowledge to ensure their safety and to know what to do in an emergency,” says Martin Kriel, Managing Director of ADT […]

The manner of speaking in effective presentation skills

The manner of speaking in effective presentation skills

Through the use of your voice you convey your attitude towards your subject and audience and your confidence in presenting the topic gives meaning and emphasis to the content.  A speech should be delivered with spontaneity, enthusiasm and sincerity.  These qualities cannot be conveyed by a speaker who reads his/her script. As a speaker, you […]

Don't drive away the people South Africa needs

Don’t drive away the people South Africa needs

At the end of May, the Department of Home Affairs gazetted new regulations that make it considerably harder for citizens of other countries to enter South Africa. The new regulations distinguish between short-stay visas and long-stay permits. One of the most significant changes is that visa applications or extensions can now only be made at […]

Increase in Basic Conditions of Employment Act Threshold Earnings

Increase in Basic Conditions of Employment Act Threshold Earnings

Andre Claassen / Jan du Toit Section 6 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act makes provision for the Minister of Labour to publish a determination on the advice of the Commission that will exclude employees earning above a certain amount per year from sections of chapter 2 of the Act. Chapter 2 primarily deals […]

Let’s investigate the political vampires that feed off South Africa’s housing crisis

Let’s investigate the political vampires that feed off South Africa’s housing crisis

The inquiry established recently by Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu into the demolition of 234 shacks on land in Lwandle (Strand) owned by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) will begin work later this month. While a thorough investigation is needed, this panel (an eclectic mix of ANC affiliates) has, as I have […]

Clear Strike Notices and A Reminder of the Interim Right to Strike under S64 (4) Of the LRA

Clear Strike Notices and A Reminder of the Interim Right to Strike under S64 (4) Of the LRA

Nicholas Preston, Senior Associate, Employment, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr  In the recent decision of Imperial Group (Pty) Ltd v SATAWU, J1072/14, the Labour Court was asked to confirm an interim strike interdict, dealing with an alleged unilateral change to terms and conditions of employment.  Prior to the interim interdict being granted, the South African Transport and […]

Strike Law – A Government dilemma!

Strike Law – A Government dilemma!

The constitution entrenches the right to strike and the Labour Relations Act of 1995 (“the LRA”) provides that workers may strike subject to the compliance with certain procedures which involve a compulsory mediation to be completed within 30 days of referral of the dispute.  Failing settlement the strike can commence on the giving of 48 […]

Gartner Says Businesses Need to Build Digital Competence for New Era

Gartner Says Businesses Need to Build Digital Competence for New Era

Analysts Will Discuss How to Prepare for the Digital Industrial Economy at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa 2014 Held at the CTICC from 10-12 September. Cape Town, South Africa, 24 June 2014 – Gartner, Inc. estimates that by 2020, there will be 7.3 billion personal devices and 30 billion sensors in things ranging from jewellery to appliances […]

Tips to keep your children entertained and safe during the winter holidays

Tips to keep your children entertained and safe during the winter holidays

For kids the three-week long mid-year school holiday is a welcome break, but for many parents – who have to work throughout – it’s a stressful period of constantly wondering if your child is safe. There are some basic and practical safety precautions parents can share with their children regardless of whether they are left […]

17 million hectares that could change our economy forever

17 million hectares that could change our economy forever

In President Zuma’s recent State of the Nation Address (SONA) it was encouraging to hear him targeting agriculture as a key job driver. He set a goal of 1 million new jobs in the sector by 2030. That’s a big number, but it’s good to set ambitious targets. We believe that it’s achievable, even though […]

Lombard Attorneys Newsletter July 2014

Lombard Attorneys Newsletter July 2014

IMMIGRANTS, VISITORS AND PARENTS: NEW TRAVELLING RULES, NEW RISKS Extensive media coverage of the new Immigration Regulations suggests that they are very likely to be challenged in the courts as unworkable and unconstitutional, but bear in mind that in the interim they remain in force and you are going to have problems if you don’t […]

Recent Judgements Dealing With Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Recent Judgements Dealing With Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

By Kirsten Caddy and Tricia Tsoeu, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr In the unreported case of SA Metal Group (Pty) Ltd v CCMA and Others (CC50/13) handed down on 15 April 2014, the Labour Court (LC) found an arbitration award made in the absence of considering the Code of Good Practice on Handling Sexual Harassment Cases (Code) […]

SA Today: The jobless need NDP action, not promises

SA Today: The jobless need NDP action, not promises

Listening to President Zuma deliver his 7th State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Tuesday evening, it was hard to tell what year we were in. Swap a few numbers, percentages and dates, and this could have been any of his previous addresses. Like each of his past SONAs, Tuesday evening was big on intentions, […]

How to write the CV that will land you the job

How to write the CV that will land you the job

By Claire Cobbledick, Head of Marketing, Gumtree Both private companies and recruitment agencies have the same complaint – there are simply too many “poor candidates” flooding their HR departments and account managers out there. But the reality is that these companies aren’t necessarily receiving poor candidates, but rather poor CVs. When it comes to job […]

SA Today: It’s time for a new take on Father’s Day

SA Today: It’s time for a new take on Father’s Day

Today is Father’s Day. Tomorrow is Youth Day. The sequence makes sense. The bond between these two categories of people should begin with conception, and grow throughout the child’s life. Father’s Day is not a celebration of men who happen to have made a baby. It is a day to celebrate men who are committed […]

Technology is not a solution to POPI

Technology is not a solution to POPI

The Protection Personal of Personal Information Act (POPI) is often mistakenly compared to Acts such as Consumer Protection, and subsequently not taken very seriously. This is a grave mistake and could cost a company, most especially an SME, a big loss in revenue says Drew van Vuuren, CEO of 4Di Privaca. POPI has been signed […]

Don’t become a victim of Internet Fraud

Don’t become a victim of Internet Fraud

Hackers operate around the world and range from complex groups targeting major banking chains and corporations to politically-motivated organisations targeting government websites and sensitive information. High net-worth individuals are also very much at risk for their personal, and particularly financial data. The scale of hacking on a global basis is mind boggling: consider that 600 […]

Reviewing your Will

Reviewing your Will

It is important to review your Will from time to time especially if there has been a birth of a child, marriage, divorce, death of a beneficiary or executor, inheritance that is not part of the existing Will, etc. If you are looking to update your Will, it is probably a good idea to take […]

When life throws you a curveball

When life throws you a curveball

So you’re cruising along at work having yourself a great day when out of the blue something happens that completely wreaks havoc on your next pay cheque, your upcoming bonus, your access bond…..we all had this happen to us at some stage – the fridge stops working, the washing machine packs up, the car breaks […]

SA Today: The Real Story Behind the Lwandle Evictions

SA Today: The Real Story Behind the Lwandle Evictions

Snug in my sheepskin slippers under a fluffy knee-blanket, I began this newsletter acutely aware of the situation of the people I am writing about. They were forcibly removed this week, in two mass evictions. Many more people may have suffered the same fate in different parts of South Africa, but their stories did not […]

Misconduct vs poor performance rears its head again

Misconduct vs poor performance rears its head again

Very often there is a thin line dividing misconduct from poor performance.  It is a distinction many employers fail to identify when disciplining their employees.  They are not alone.  A commissioner of the CCMA did likewise as appears from the case of Gold Fields Mining SA (Pty) Ltd (Kloof Gold Mine) v Commission For Conciliation, […]

Effective and Inactive Methods for Utilizing Solar energy Power

Effective and Inactive Methods for Utilizing Solar energy Power

The recent evolution in solar technological innovation have created it possible for everyone to implement solar. As a result, several people have already started using various types of solar techniques. These can be used in various methods based on the kind of solar techniques they are using. Solar energy techniques can be classified into groups […]

5 New Laws Impacting SA Business

5 New Laws Impacting SA Business

Dear SACCI Members The President kicked off his second term by signing a number of business-related bills into law this week. Below is a summary of the new Acts, copies of which are attached. SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES ACT Sectors concerned: Manufacturing / Import / Export Overseeing Department: Trade and Industry Key Provisions: The Act seeks to boost […]