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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... 

Acting without formal shareholder approval – Has sanity prevailed?

1st June 2017 In the recent case of Moraitis Investments (Pty) Ltd v Montic Dairy (Pty) Ltd (the Moraitis Case) the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) was charged with determining if a party had the requisite authority to conclude a settlement agreement. Mr Apostolos Moraitis, a trustee of the Moraitis Trust and a... 

The legal designation of ecologically important areas

1st June 2017 During March 2017 the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa handed down a decision ensuring the continued environmental protection of the Makhonjwa Mountains in Mpumalanga (also known as the Barberton Greenstone Belt).   The court was tasked to decide if the ecologically important area enjoys... 
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Speaker pleads for more time for decision on vote of no confidence

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, on Friday appealed for more time to make a decision on whether the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma should proceed via secret ballot or not. The motion of no confidence is scheduled for August. 

Zuma urges society to follow Chief Albert Luthuli’s footsteps

President Jacob Zuma on Friday, urged the members of society to follow in the footsteps of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Albert Luthuli by espousing the values of non-racism, justice, and ensure a better life for all. “As our country’s experiment with constitutional democracy continues, this is one... 
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