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The legal requirement to think about global warming

22nd August 2017 During March 2017 the High Court of South Africa in Pretoria, handed down a decision that has been hailed in some quarters as a victory in the fight against dirty energy and global warming. The court's decision in isolation isn’t a decisive victory for the proponents of clean energy, but it does... 

The mountains are high and the emperor is far away

24th July 2017 In a time before emails, global social media and instant communication, local officials in the vast Chinese empire, could easily disregard the policies and wishes of the capital on the basis that “the mountains are high and the emperor is far away”. One could scarcely think that such an insular... 

The "next highest court"

20th July 2017 On 10 November 2016, the full bench of the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Division, Pretoria in the case of the Member of the Executive Council for Co-Operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs & 43 Others v Mogalakwena Local Municipality & Another, High Court of South... 

Mining Charter violates shareholder rights – Hogan Lovells

23rd June 2017 Mining Charter Three’s arbitrary increase of empowerment shareholding to 30% violates the property rights of shareholders, and the new charter’s requirement to pay 1% of yearly turnover is not expected to survive challenges under the Companies Act and the Constitution. Property rights under the... 

Once empowered, but not anymore?

23rd June 2017 Swift, decisive and severe. This was the immediate reaction to the much anticipated third mining charter for the South African mining industry. No sooner had the Minister of Minerals announced, published and brought into effect the Third Charter, than the Chamber of Mines announced that it would... 

Hogan Lovells makes its mark on Africa

21st June 2017 Global law firm Hogan Lovells identified Africa as part of its growth strategy, and it partnered with Boomtown to successfully make its mark on the continent. Building measurement tactics into each touchpoint, Boomtown’s integrated communications strategy increased traffic to the Hogan Lovells... 
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ANC NEC: The heavyweights converge in Pretoria

Numerous African National Congress (ANC) heavyweights were milling inside the Saint George Hotel on Friday, where the top structure of the governing party, the National Executive Committee (NEC) was holding a “special meeting”. A media advisory issued by the party said the meeting will deliberate... 

Democratic Alliance to review KPMG contracts

South Africa's main opposition said on Friday it would review all contracts with KPMG in the municipalities it runs after a scandal involving the auditor's handling of audits for businessman friends of President Jacob Zuma. The Democratic Alliance runs more than 30 municipalities directly or in a... 
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