September 2016


Illogical limits Employment Law September 2016

Prior to the 2014 amendments to the Employment Equity Act (55 of 1998) (the EEA), the adjudication of unfair discrimination disputes was the exclusive domain of the judges of the Labour Court.

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A hearing before dismissal? Employment Law September 2016

The audi alteram partem principle has long formed an integral part of South African law. There is an argument to be made that it goes as far back as the realms of natural justice.

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A judgement call Intellectual Property September 2016

There is an oft-quoted cynical comment in the entertainment industry: "With every hit along comes a writ". The musical industry is no exception. Over the past few years, we have seen numerous instances where music authors have instituted actions alleging copyright infringement of well-known hit songs. The most recent such case is the allegation that the introduction to the well-known Led Zeppelin song, "Stairway to Heaven", infringes the copyright of the song "Taurus" authored by Randy Wolfe who played with the group Spirit. In June, a Los Angeles jury determined that "Stairway to Heaven" did not infringe the copyright of "Taurus".

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Intellectual Property Law updates Intellectual Property September 2016

Djibouti deposited its instrument of accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) on 23 June; it is the 150th Member State to join the PCT. The Treaty will enter into force for Djibouti on 23 September.

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National News - September 2016 National News September 2016

Baker & McKenzie

Promotions: Senior associate: Banking & Finance practice – Megan Hardy. Dispute Resolution practice – Robert Thackwell. Employment practice – Nikita Shaw and Lauren Salt.

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CEO Sleepout National News September 2016

On Thursday 28 July, the Nelson Mandela Bridge played host to CEOs and their teams who spent one night out in the bitter cold, thanks to the arrival of a cold snap.

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Corporate Finance Overview Deal Selection September 2016

JSE Listed M&A

Conduit Capital submitted a non-binding expression of interest to the boards of Snowball Wealth and Midbrook Lane. Both companies are SA investment firms investing for the long term in a portfolio of mostly listed companies. The purchase considerations will be settled through the issue of Conduit shares and will be based on the NAV of each firm at a set date.

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Through thin air Lifestyle - Gadgets September 2016

The Leap Motion

In the 2002 Tech Noir film Minority Report, set in the year 2054, Tom Cruise plays the role of John Anderton, chief of PreCrime. Anderton seamlessly interacts with the computer display by gesturing in front of it, as if manipulating real world objects. Whilst Anderton could predict the crimes of the future in the film, he was unable to predict that Tom Cruise would jump manically on Oprah Winfrey's couch in 2005 – and also, that consumers needn't wait till 2054 in order to use their hands to control intangible objects visible on a screen.

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aftertaste: Cape Winemakers Guild Lifestyle - Wine September 2016

The Cape Winemakers Guild was formed 34-years ago to enable its by-invitation-only-members to share knowledge and winemaking ideas and to provide a platform to give wine drinkers access to specially selected wines from the Cape's best winemakers.

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Manual vs automatic – and the title goes to... Lifestyle - Motoring September 2016

As a preamble to the bout, the manual weighs in as fit and nimble with quick action and a full range of power. The automatic on the other hand is slow, sluggish and heavy in comparison. The automatic is an "old man" and could never compete in the same class as the manual. Right?

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Introduction - African Finance Feature African Finance Feature September 2016

Money makes the world go around and through time immemorial people and countries have relied on financial markets and instruments of various kinds to build wealth and prosper.

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CHINA: GOING GLOBAL IN AFRICA African Finance Feature September 2016

Beijing's "Going Global" imperative is reshaping the investment landscape across Africa. This strategy to increase China's global competitiveness by encouraging investments overseas is a cornerstone in China's economic reform. Chinese investors have heard the call and many have come to Africa to seek their fortune.

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FINANCING THE GAP African Finance Feature September 2016

In a research article prepared for the Inter-American Development Bank, it was stated that developing and emerging economies could need as much as USD1,5 trillion per annum in infrastructure investment to 2030.

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TAKING SECURITY OVER ROLLING STOCK IN SOUTHERN AFRICA African Finance Feature September 2016

The development of transport and related infrastructure is critical for continued growth in African economies. Rolling stock leasing models are an attractive and growing response to Africa's transportation and logistics requirements but they require external finance.

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TRADE FINANCE IN AFRICA African Finance Feature September 2016

Lending into Africa certainly has its challenges but, if correctly dealt with and addressed, it can lead to many profitable opportunities for global financial institutions.

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