ANC contracts explained by JOC Christie

In terms of South African Law - in a marriage between a man and a woman - it is the domicile of the husband at the time of the marriage which governs the patrimonial consequences of a marriage. (This brief article does not purport to deal with a marriage or civil partnership concluded between two males, or between two females, in terms of the Civil Union Act No. 17 of 2006)

Baker McKenzie

The Constitutional Court this week handed down judgment in a matter that will be of interest to parties who contract with state owned companies. On 27 September 2006, the State Information Technology Agency SOC Ltd ("SITA") entered into an agreement with Gijima Holdings (Pty) Ltd ("Gijima") in terms of which Gijima would provide information technology services ("IT services") to the South African Police Services ("SAPS agreement").

Blockchain and trade trust

The age old problem of low levels of trust between importer and exporter when it comes to payment looks set to be alleviated by the adopting of “blockchain” technology in the banking system.

Blockchain Revolution and Financial Regulation in South Africa

The provision of banking and financial services in South Africa is a highly regulated activity and the revolutionary Fintech (financial technology) is posing a significant challenge to the current regulatory framework. The challenge has been acknowledged by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) in its position paper on  virtual currencies issued in 2014.

Siyande Khanyile

In March 2005, Ms Nkata purchased a property in Durbanville, (the “property”). To do so she obtained mortgage finance from FirstRand Bank Limited, (the “Bank”). A few years later Ms Nkata faced financial difficulties and fell into arrears with her payments.

Microsoft ireland case by michalsonsThe Microsoft Ireland case concerns whether the US government can compel Microsoft to give it access to Hotmail emails it holds on its server in Ireland. Can a US Government search warrant compel Microsoft to retrieve emails it holds on a server in Ireland and hand those emails over to the US Department of Justice (DoJ)? The Microsoft Ireland case is important because if the DoJ is successful, this case will set a precedent allowing governments around the world to seize information held in the cloud. This has serious implications on the right to privacy and for cloud computing. The full case name is Microsoft Corporation v United States of America.
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Amy EliasonBatman. Superman. Iron Man. What do all of these characters have in common? We have all sat in our comfy seats at the movie theatre and watched them defeat numerous super villains with their superhuman strength and indomitable will.

IBM Watson for Law firmsLawyers have been thinking for a while about whether artificial intelligence would ever start to displace or complement lawyers. Richard Susskind, the leading legal futurist/technologist, did his work in this area starting in the mid-1980s. In the August issue of the ABA Journal, one of the commenters to an article about LegalZoom feared: “Once we have fully artificial intelligence enhanced programs like LegalZoom, there will be no need for lawyers, aside from the highly specialized and expensive large-law-firm variety.
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