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In year of elections, will African countries get the investor vote?

6th February 2019 The world, including investors, will keep a close eye on the various national elections to be held in Africa this year. The lead up and aftermath of national polls usually comes with uncertainty, something which investors tend to avoid if possible. National elections have recently been completed... 

Will guidelines on strike and lock-out balloting assist in curbing long and drawn-out or violent strikes?

24th January 2019 Our immediate answer is "it remains to be seen". This is simply because the guidelines are new and their implementation is yet to be tested. In particular, a question remains whether any trade union or employer organisation will take advantage of and make use of these guidelines in order to... 

Africa 2019 – The Optimist's View

8th January 2019 Is there a new scramble for Africa? Why should Africa be confident? These and other questions are eloquently ventilated at the plethora of Africa Investment conferences – including our own Hogan Lovells Africa forums in London and Johannesburg –and 2018 has been no different. 

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...