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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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Robert Mugabe resigns

Embattled President Robert Mugabe has resigned, Speaker of the Parliament Jacob Mudenda said on Tuesday. Mudenda made the announcement when the two Houses of Parliament — Upper and Lower — were seated at the Harare International Conference Centre in the capital on Tuesday afternoon moving a... 

Zimbabwe's parliament starts impeachment process against Mugabe

Zimbabwe's parliament began an impeachment process against President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday that looks set to bring his domination of a country he has ruled since independence nearly four decades ago to an ignominious end. In the last week, the 93-year old has clung on in the face of an army... 
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