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Understanding the local cannabis industry – “weeding” out confusion

10th December 2018 Following the recent landmark decision of the South African Constitutional Court, in which the private and personal use of cannabis was decriminalised, together with the publication of guidelines regarding the cultivation of cannabis for medical, scientific and clinical research purposes, an... 

Second-hand purchases: Are consumers protected by the CPA or not?

5th December 2018 Prior to the establishment of the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 (the Act) there was an unfavourable balance of power in respect of sale transactions in favour of the supplier. The implementation of the Act has gone a long way to redistribute the power equally among consumers and suppliers.... 

Your boss cannot “just" change your employment contact

5th December 2018 It's always an exciting time, when one secures a new job and signs an employment contract. The excitement can quickly turn to disappointment, however, when the employer decides to unilaterally change the employment contract or even the working hours.  In terms of the Labour Relations Act, an... 

Is there a duty on employees to "snitch" on their fellow colleagues if they become aware they are committing workplace misconduct or crime?

7th November 2018 The subject heading above is all but related to a difficult concept of "derivative misconduct", which lies in an employee’s failure to offer reasonable assistance to an employer to disclose information about individuals, the wrongdoers, who are responsible for the primary misconduct. Derivative... 

Euthanasia – My life, my choice?

4th October 2018 Euthanasia, with its etymology rooted in the Greek language, meaning "good death", is a contentious as well as paramount conversation that needs to be had in South Africa. Euthanasia, also known as mercy killing, can be defined as "the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by... 

Rights of minority trade unions in the workplace

20th September 2018 On 23 August 2018 the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) delivered another seminal judgment regarding rights of minority trade unions in the workplace. This was after an application instituted by POPCRU, a majority trade union of employees in the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), wherein it... 
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Collins Letsoalo, former acting chief of Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), said on Monday that his dismissal from the troubled entity was due to "a web of corruption and looters" he had unearthed during his walkabouts and roadshows at the agency, and never about an alleged massive salary... 

Ramaphosa appoints high-level Eskom sustainability task team to resolve problems

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a high-level task team to come up with solutions to the many challenges that Eskom faces, the Presidency said in a statement on Friday. And as a signal of the urgency of its task, the President has asked the Eskom sustainability task team to submit initial... 
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