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South Africa: the SCA provides guidance on interpretation of contracts and vis major

dispute resolution

19 May 2020
BY Aslam Moosajee AND Joshua Davis

The ongoing lockdown means that we will likely see an increasing number of cases in which the defence of vis major is relied upon.
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South Africa: B-BBEE and disaster relief funding

dispute resolution

19 May 2020
BY Aslam Moosajee AND Joshua Davis

The Pretoria High Court held that the state, acting under the Disaster Management Act, is entitled to take B-BBEE status into account when deciding whether to award disaster relief funding to businesses in the tourism sector.
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South Africa: Life after lockdown: flexible working is here to stay

employment

19 May 2020
BY Lauren Salt AND Jessie Moore

The Alert Level 4 Lockdown Regulations and a new set of Occupational Health and Safety Directions, both published on 29 April 2020, have presented employers with an opportunity to formalise flexible working arrangements.
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South Africa: COVID-19 – a new chapter in state sovereignty over natural resources?

natural resources and environment

19 May 2020
BY Edwin Berman AND Ntsiki Adonisi-Kgame

Will COVID-19 usher in a new chapter in the development of the sovereignty principle?
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Uganda: Legal alert on the Public Health (Control of COVID-19) No. 2 (Amendment No. 2) Rules, 2020

19 May 2020
BY Phillip Karugaba AND Tracy Kakongi

The Ministry of Health has passed a new statutory instrument to operationalise the directives issued by the president.
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South Africa: Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 – new guideline published related to COVID-19

mine and occupational health and safety

19 May 2020

On Monday, 18 May 2020, GN. 280 of 2020 was published in Government Gazette No. 43335.
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South Africa: further extension of time for B-BBEE submissions and filings during the lockdown

broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE)

12 May 2020
BY Parusha Desai Valodia

The B-BBEE Commission has published a notice on extensions for B-BBEE submissions.
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South Africa: Litigating during level 4

dispute resolution

12 May 2020
BY Aslam Moosajee , Vishana Makan AND Joshua Davis

On 2 May 2020, the Chief Justice of South Africa issued a set of directives in terms of the Superior Courts Act, 2013.
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Rwanda: Government issues new tax measures to cushion businesses against COVID-19 impact

12 May 2020
BY Dieudonné Nzafashwanayo

On May 9, 2020, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning announced new tax measures to cushion businesses against the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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ENSafrica: Coronavirus (COVID-19) legal update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) issue 5 | 12 May 2020

issue 5
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South Africa: Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 – invitation for public comments on draft guideline for COVID-19 outbreaks at mines

mine and occupational health and safety

12 May 2020

On Monday, 11 May 2020, a notice was published inviting the public to comment on the Draft Guideline for the Compilation of a Mandatory Code of Practice for the Mitigation and Management of COVID-19 Outbreak at mines.
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South Africa: Urgent court applications relating to COVID-19 regulatory framework at mines

mine and occupational health and safety

05 May 2020
BY Willem le Roux AND Warren Hendricks

On 17 April 2020 and 20 April 2020, consecutive urgent court applications were launched by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union.
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South Africa: Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to avoid vicarious liability for data protection breaches by employees in an online environment during lockdowns

technology, media and telecommunications (TMT)

28 Apr 2020
BY Era Gunning AND Jessica Steele

The UK’s highest court recently ruled that Morrisons,  a supermarket group,  was not vicariously liable for the criminal act of an employee with a grudge who leaked the payroll data of about 100 000 members of staff.
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ENSafrica: Coronavirus (COVID-19) legal update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) issue 4 | 28 Apr 2020

issue 4
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South Africa: Update to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) TERS and tax treatment of C19 TERS Benefit

employment

24 Apr 2020
BY Lauren Salt AND Arnaaz Camay

Many employers will still require assistance from the COVID-19 C19 TERS. However, what are the tax implications of these TERS benefits?
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