eDRS system roll-out in 3 years

Yip, you are not seeing things, The Chief Registrar of Deeds reported this at the stakeholder’s engagement meeting held at Pietermaritzburg Deeds Office last Friday.

Gutenberg is the new legal publishing

Watching WordPress cofounder, Matt Mullenweg deliver his annual State of the Word at WordCamp US on Saturday afternoon from Nashville there was little question that Gutenberg is the future of legal publishing. Beginning with the WordPress text editor (unchanged for a decade till now) released this week with WordPress 5.0, Gutenberg will ultimately impact the entire publishing experience, including customization of our publications.
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Sabinet

Research is a critical tool to build knowledge and facilitate learning and is essential to advancements in virtually all disciplines. The annual National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards recognise and celebrate excellence amongst top South African researchers. Sabinet honoured the worthy recipients at a ceremony held at the Boardwalk Hotel and Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth this year. 

SchoemanLaw Solutions for SMEs

It is no secret, things are really tough at the moment. South Africa is in a technical recession and consumer spending is at a low. To many small businesses this means that the pressure is very, very real. As a result, cost cutting will inevitably have to follow, and the reality is, that the legal side of things are often one of those aspects left unattended.

The first time is a mistake; the second... When a clerk, my secretary was the erstwhile shot-put and discus champion of the Eastern Cape; not a lightweight by any means…Incensed but co-guilty, I had, late-night, insulted her on tape. Unpleasantries forgotten, I rose to meet her in the morn. She mo*red me, decked me and proceeded to wail publicly in my boss’ ABSA foyer.

Daan Steenkamp's Snippets

With pleasure - In 1985 I was hired as a conveyancer and was stuck into Groot Dries’ agency conveyancing practice. Learning to collaborate was the first order of the day. Stowell’s employed a receptionist who, when asked to be put through, would respond just: with pleasure”. She had a dark, husky and incredibly sexy voice. I was titillated beyond measure.

Whistle_blowing LSSA

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) has appointed an independent law firm to investigate the leakage of the August 2018 Attorneys Admission Examination papers.

CIPC outline

Notice is hereby given in terms of and for purposes of the Acts mentioned in the Schedule below, that CIPC will be closed to the public from 10h00 on Friday 21 December 2018 to Tuesday 1 January 2019. 

Daan Steenkamp's Snippets

I have a friend who collects strange friends. Several of them are involved in MMA and such. They ride Harleys, sport tattoos, carry (in American parlance) and, if they weren’t such a nice buggers, would scare the daylights out of most law-abiding citizens. 

LSSA

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) continues into the Legal Practice Act dispensation as a voluntary, representative, professional interest body for attorneys.

Law firm customer loyalty

Does it matter whether the business model-not technology-is the prime driver of transformation?  Short answers: not well and yes. Legal technology is a good news/bad news story. The good news is that technology’s utility as a tool to help solve law’s wicked problems—notably the democratization of access to and improvement of the delivery of legal services—is now widely recognized, if not applied. 
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XpressDox Document Assembly

XpressDox Software is excited to announce that Docugility LLC has been appointed as an expert partner for the marketing, implementation, and integration of its industry-leading document automation products.

Daan's Snippets

Borshare mistake - We are tuff okes, tired but tuff, nikse limp-wristed Swedish massages, we go for the deep tissue massage; vir ouens met spiere. Sommer vir n uur.

Daan Steenkamp's Don Quixote

Gentle Reader, In praise of … cost? - Bhaktapur is the cultural capital of Nepal. It is also busy, poor and dusty. It takes me 8 minutes and 70 Rupees to be diagnosed, issued with a script, taken up into ER, purchase the drug and be given a rabies shot. That is not R10. The SA cost of one dose of rabies vaccine (excluding the service) is in the order of R550.

Legal Geek Conference in London 2018

More than 1,000 delegates attended the Legal Geek conference in London on 17 October. The conference brought together law firms and legal tech start-ups with software products designed for the legal world. Sponsors of the conference included The Law Society and Magic Circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
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Opportunities in LawTech in Africa

Business leaders in South Africa might be feeling a bit depressed at the moment, but it does feel as though the startup ecosystem in South Africa is beginning to come of age – a decade’s worth of work all coming together to refine the models that work here.

Kevin O'Keefe speaks to Garth Watson from Libryo

Kevin O’Keefe: You’re the founder of Libryo. What is Libryo? - Garth Watson: Libryo is an online platform typically used by global companies that have diverse operations and they use it to know the specific regulations that they face at each of those distinct operations.
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Finalists for Innovating Justice 2018

The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) is pleased to announce that 17 innovators and entrepreneurs have been selected to enter its prestigious Justice Accelerator program, which commences from the end of October.

LexisNexis Cape Town staff involved with the Cares Day Hackathon

This October, various charity organisations and NGOs across South Africa are set to benefit from the local roll-out of the annual RE Cares Month. This global community outreach programme is spearheaded by leading content and technology solutions provider, LexisNexis South Africa, through its international parent company, the RELX Group.

Masego Khusoane at e4

Digitalisation expert, e4, has appointed Masego Khutsoane, as its new Divisional Head of Financial Services. Khutsoane joins e4 with a wealth of experience having held senior positions within the JSE, Absa, Woolworths Financial Services and Nedbank. 

Law Society of South Africa

The first election period for the new Legal Practice Council (LPC) closed at 12 noon today, 3 October 2018. Throughout the nomination and election process for Council members for the LPC, the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) has encouraged legal practitioners to participate in this historic process.

Daan's Snippets for the week

Economy - The US is said to be the largest giver of foreign assistance: this president Trump wishes to curtail when it comes to countries unfriendly to the US. Understandably, the threat of cutting off aid to countries that vote against the US at the UN’s smacks of coercion, but one cannot really take issue with the principle at stake; can one?

Transfer Duty Checklist from LSSA

The Law Society has sent out a conveyancers’ checklist of guidelines that may be followed by conveyancers when applying for transfer duty receipts, we have converted the PDF into text and have shared it for all to use.

Baker McKenzie

Organisations in Africa that are processing the personal information of data subjects from within the European Union (EU) should already have effective General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance procedures in place, including Data Breach Security Checklists, impact assessments and subject data requests procedures.

Daan Steenkamp's Don Quixote

Business - Coca-Cola is reportedly in talks with a Canadian marijuana producer to develop health-focused beverages that will ease inflammation, pain and cramping… Surely someone should be doing field tests in Margate?

Daan Steenkamp's Snippets

Economics - A recent article about the Tanzanian president, urging women to throw away their contraceptives, because the country needs more people, dealt with the negative effects of population growth. At the back of my mind I could not help but wonder whether that president was not angling for so-called demographically driven economic growth: this is a seemingly self-sustaining method of achieving overall economic growth, albeit most probably at the expense of individual wealth. Looks good on paper though. 

Eddy Ogbogu (Group Executive, Operations & Technology at Ecobank) with Andrea Tucker (R&D Head at e4) and Ryan Barlow (Chief Technology Officer at e4)

Technology specialist, e4, achieved second place in the second Ecobank Fintech Challenge, hosted in Lomé, Togo. According to Andrea Tucker, R&D Head at e4, the lack of a fully digital onboarding solution across the majority of banks is one of the key reasons behind e4’s impressive second position in this Africa-focused innovation challenge.

Commonwealth Law Conference 2019 in Zambia

To give lawyers a better idea of what is going to be covered at the Commonwealth Law Conference on the 8th to the 12th April 2019 we have decided to share the draft programme. We hope this will convince everyone to take part.

Opening of ITU 2018 by President Ramaphosa

2600 delegates attending the ITU World 2018 conference listened intently as President Ramaphosa spoke of the dawn of the digital revelation that is rising on the African continent at the ITU World 2018 on the 10th September 2018 in Durban.

Daan Steenkamp's Snippets

Economy - Quite an interesting take on the technical recession we have entered, was a note by minister Nene that the technical recession (caused by a dramatic contraction of the agricultural sector output) was, in part, caused by the previous over-performance of the agricultural sector and not the expropriation debate. Perhaps.. but see below.

Legal Practice Council Formation

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) welcomes the announcement by the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv Michael Masutha, that the elections for the Legal Practice Council (LPC) will commence with the nomination of Council members to the LPC, which starts at midnight on 5 September 2018. All practising legal practitioners are urged to participate fully in the elections.

Cape Law Society

The Council of the Cape Law Society (Council) views the current debate around expropriation without compensation (EWC) and land reform in South Africa with keen interest and serious concern, in particular, given the recent media reports, President Trump's tweets and the position adopted by certain advocacy groups, such as Afriforum.

HiiL Innovating Justice South Africa 2018 winners

The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) is pleased to announce Baobab.law as the Southern Africa winner of its annual Innovating Justice Challenge. The winner was decided at a special pitching event on Tuesday 4 September at Sandton Convention Centre, by a panel of expert judges from the fields of law and innovation.

Snippets from Daan Steenkamp

Business - Have you ever wondered why Muslims do so well at business? They are a community of traders and entrepreneurs descended of Indian and Arab- Muslim traders and involve themselves in community collaboration. Hate them or love them, the fact is that they, much like the Jewish community, punch way above their weight.

Christi Maherry CEO of Etion Secure

Since acquiring cyber security firm LAWtrust last year for R108.5m, Etion Limited (previously Ansys) has created four new divisions, including Etion Secure, which incorporates LAWtrust. Since the acquisition, Etion is focusing on integrating LAWtrust as the building block of the new Etion Secure and identifying projects where it can innovate.
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ILTACon 2018

This year there were numerous legal tech startups and emerging growth companies. Whether speaking, exhibiting or just walking the halls, legal tech entrepreneurs were present — in big numbers. Perhaps it was my growing interest in the stories of legal tech entrepreneurs, but there is something more going on. The legal community is ripe for new legal tech.
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Andrea Tucker, Research and Development Head, e4

Technology specialist, e4, has been named among the top 11 finalists in the Ecobank Fintech Challenge for its new Virtual Identity product. The competition aims to identify innovative solutions that address African-centric issues within the financial services sector.

V BRICS legal forum 2018

The BRICS Legal Forum finalised its meeting and conference in Cape Town on the 24 August 2018 and here is the final declaration that was signed by all five (5) countries.

2018 attorney admission exam leak

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) and the Examination committee, today decided that based on the leaks of the attorneys admission examinations, all four (4) papers should be rewritten in October 2018, with the exact dates to rewrite the examinations to be confirmed. 

Daan Steenkamps Quixote Snippets

Business Review - Most ex large-practice conveyancers have a love/hate relationship with banks. I share the sentiment. I business-bank with Nedbank to access, what has become the industry standard for handling client deposits and guarantees, Corporate Saver.

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