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Lease Agreements During #COVID Lockdown – Possible Relief for Retail Rental Sector

The unfolding COVID-19 crisis will have many long-lasting and unforeseen economic impacts on the global economy. Of the many concerns is what a general 21-day lockdown will mean for business enterprises not exempted from the national lockdown. Hardest hit will be SMME’s not yet large enough to have developed long term business continuity practices and […]

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The Importance of Due Diligence

Amongst growing labour and financial concerns, commercial enterprises are also faced with the added exertion of ensuring that they perform the necessary due diligence in respect of their transactions and the establishment of business relations. Due diligence in general terms, refers to the act of conducting comprehensive legal analysis in respect of a party’s compliance […]

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Fronting under the BBBEE Act

A fronting practice is defined in the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act 53 of 2003 as amended (the “BBBEE Act” or the “Act”) as:   “a transaction, arrangement or other Act or conduct that undermines the achievement of the objectives of the Act.” Section 1(c) of the Act, refers to the “conclusion of a legal […]

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The 2020 Budget Speech

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni delivered his budget speech on 26 February 2020 painting a rather bleak view of the current and future economic climate in South Africa. With inflation and our budget deficit said to increase at a remarkable rate in comparison to economic growth, what are the positives to be taken away and how […]

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New Year's Resolutions

Infringement of Copyright

One of the challenges which face our South African creative industry today is the exploitation of their work, either by global or local companies or individuals without fair or even any compensation. According to pundits in our local creative industry, this was nearly exacerbated by the Copyright Amendment Bill of 2015 (hereinafter referred to as […]

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