For over 30 years, Sabinet has been committed to changing lives through providing access to information. Sharing knowledge not only empowers individuals but it supports education and upliftment and in turn influences the greater knowledge economy. As gateways to knowledge and culture, libraries are key partners in the realisation of this vision.
Internships provide a vital link between academic learning and professional employment, and with strategic partnerships, these internships can be effective for business and the youth. With this in mind, e4 partnered with the EOH Youth Job Creation Initiative and the National Skills Fund (NSF) Project and Internship Program to give aspiring technology graduates the opportunity to gain both valuable and practical work experience to help kick-start their careers.
The National Forum on the Legal Profession (NF) held its tenth plenary meeting on 14 October 2017. At this meeting the recommendations to be made to Justice Minister Michael Masutha in terms of s 97(1)(a) of the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014 (LPA) were finalised. The recommendations were submitted this week and deal with the following:
South Africa is a nation in which our men have been historically bonded in violence and when you mix that with poverty, substance abuse, unemployment and cultural values, you then get an instance where South Africa is now becoming a country that is breeding violent men systematically. The question is how do you reduce social fabric crimes, such as gender based violence as well as to make constitution values our lived daily values.
Road Rules offer a few services to the road users in Zimbabwe, primarily the focus was on helping new drivers pass their drivers exam, but the other more important aspect is the education of road users on what the fines should be when the traffic police issue spot fines.
Webber Wentzel is the only South African law firm to have achieved tier 1 rankings across the board in IFLR1000’s Financial and Corporate Guide 2018 and they have kept this momentum going for four consecutive years.
The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) condemns the reported behaviour of former Eskom evidence leader, Pretoria attorney Sebetja Matsaung, towards Financial Mail deputy editor, Sikonathi Mantshantsha on Friday.
With the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissing President Jacob Zuma’s and the NPA’s spy tapes appeal, it got Errol Horwitz thinking about the current state of our legal fraternity. Like many South Africans, Horwitz questions how Zuma has managed to delay the process for such a long time.
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The OPEN Maboneng venue was abuzz with a wonderful collection of people, business and non-profit organisations who have made it their passion to ensure that people of all societies have access to their legal rights in Southern Africa.
A Swansea dentist is the first property buyer in the UK to exchange contracts digitally in a process which its promoters claim has the potential to remove the need for solicitors in transactions. The buyer acquired a £700,000 commercial property in Trowbridge in an online deal secured by blockchain digital encryption technology. This is a system for rendering blocks of data tamper-proof by distributing them across ‘shared ledgers’. It is best known for underpinning the bitcoin virtual currency.
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Global law firm Baker McKenzie has announced Morne van der Merwe’s appointment as managing partner of its Johannesburg office. In addition, Darryl Bernstein has been named as the new head of Dispute Resolution; Nick Altini is the new head of the Competition & Antitrust practice and Kieran Whyte was recently appointed Head of the Energy Mining and Infrastructure (EMI) practice.
A new kid on the block, Proxi Smart, has sent the South African legal fraternity into panic mode with a plan to snatch from lawyers a significant portion of conveyancing work. The firm registered in 2015 has crossed swords with the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) in a David versus Goliath like battle that is set to unfold in court. A lot is stake in the way of the Uber like wars.
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In keeping with their continued support of LIASA, Sabinet was this year proud to sponsor the LIASA Librarian of the Year 2017 2nd Runner-Up Award. Hearty congratulations go to Jeremiah Pietersen on his richly deserved achievement.
A year ago, Western Cape librarian Mercia Sias was recognised by LIASA for her outstanding achievements and accomplishments in the library and information services sector. She was awarded first runner-up SA Librarian of the Year 2016, an award proudly sponsored by Sabinet.
A salary survey by professional recruitment firm, Robert Walters, lays out the hiring and salary trends in the legal sector in South Africa in 2017. Robert Walter outlines the trends seen in these sectors in 2016 and what the outcome of 2017 is likely to be in comparison.
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In the age of information technology and innovation, legal services are sadly still inaccessible to the majority of the South African population, but with the recent entry of Epoq Legal into the South African marketplace – able to provide online legal document and form drafting services unlike any other in the industry at a fraction of the cost – the hope is that this will no longer be the case.
Webber Wentzel is proud to have received two awards in the prestigious African Legal Awards hosted by Legal Week and the Corporate Lawyers Association of South Africa in Johannesburg on Friday 8 September, 2017.
With the air of high society that fancy finger food and wine inevitably provides, the Social Kitchen at Hyde Park Corner’s Exclusive Books provided an unusual venue for the Annual 2017 ProBono.Org Awards. However, on the evening of 7 September amongst the name tags and high fashion, a more pervasive air of humility filled the room. It was a time to honour those who ordinarily seek not to be honoured and who, at all costs, would avoid the limelight if they could.
Have you been recently divorced or widowed? Have you bought a new home? Have you been cohabitating with your partner for some time? Do you have a number of people that depend on you financially every month? If so, it is advisable to have a legally sound will to ensure that there are not competing claims on your estate when you pass away.
The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) is pleased to announce the regional semi-finals for its annual Innovating Justice Challenge. Seven entrepreneurs and innovators from South Africa and Zimbabwe have been selected to take part in the event, which will take place at OPEN Maboneng in Johannesburg on 13 October 2017.
When it comes to good corporate governance, “the power is no longer in the boardroom. It is in the smartphone.” This was the key takeaway from a recent compliance business breakfast, hosted by LexisNexis South Africa at its Durban head office, where guest speaker, Michael Judin emphasised the influence of the digital revolution on the King IV™ Report on Corporate Governance.
It is with deep shock and sadness that the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) announces the untimely death of its Chief Executive Officer and Director of Legal Education and Development (LEAD), Nic Swart at the age of 63.
As the digitisation of the customer experience is becoming a leading priority for most industries, Sybrin is hard at work enhancing their digital business platforms. These platforms will enable their customers to not only meet their clients’ expectations, but also to reduce excessive costs, whilst ensuring compliance in the fast-changing regulatory environment. To this end, Sybrin has formed partnerships with both AIS and LAWtrust, to empower its innovative client and product on-boarding platform.
The KwaZulu-Natal Law Society announces that after noting that Mrs Claudette Sigamoney who resides in Durban, was not registered as an attorney with the society, launched application to the High Court of South Africa, Pietermaritzburg on 24 April 2017 to prevent her from holding herself out to be an attorney.
The rise of the FinTech industry may herald a significant upheaval to the financial services industry, and significant opportunities (and risks) await those who wish to participate. Novel data processing techniques are a key aspect of many FinTech businesses and with such a rapid pace of innovation, there is a concomitant rise in the risk of data breaches. It is vital for FinTech companies to be aware of their obligations in the event of a data breach.
For three days in July, civil society and interested members of the public will come together to grapple with the contemporary social and political challenges that the public interest legal profession are tackling in South Africa today.
The Black Lawyers Association (BLA) is deeply appalled by the media reports that Transnet, a state-owned company, has appointed Werksmans Attorneys, a white law firm, to oversee a board-level probe into allegations of corruption relating to its purchase of locomotives for China South Rail (CSR).
HAVAÍC and Drive Revenue are pleased to announce that Drive Revenue (Pty) Ltd (“Drive” or the “Company”) has, with the assistance of HAVAÍC, successfully closed its first external funding round underpinned by overseas investors.
Tech4Law has been adding value to law firms in Southern Africa since 2008, delivering valuable practice management, technology and marketing information to law firms every week. Here is a quick reminder on what Tech4Law offers lawyers in our region…
Reducing liability and business risk in an ever-changing environment can be challenging for most organisations. No matter what industry your business is in, compliance is an essential part of operations. Enforcing compliancy can save your organisation millions of rands in fines, increases productivity and reduces court cases in our current landscape where anything can happen.
There used to be a time when compliance was treated as a secondary business function. Today, however, keeping up with regulatory requirements has evolved into a significant organisational function, often requiring an entire team of compliance and legal professionals to fulfil its workload.
The dynamic nature of a democracy means that government must constantly adapt to a changing political, economic and societal climate.
This is a reminder to book your spot as we uncover the real state of the nation. As leaders in Parliamentary Monitoring services, Sabinet invites you to join us as top financial speaker Alec Hogg shares his analysis and insights. Wednesday 14th June 2017 at Gallagher Convention Centre.
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Visabot, TagDox, Separate.us, Ping, and JuriLytics chosen after rigorous evaluation of 40+ applicants. LexisNexis today announced the first five participants in its new Silicon Valley legal tech accelerator program, which was created to give startups a leg up in the rapidly expanding legal tech industry. In line with LexisNexis' broader vision to transform the way law is practiced, each of the accelerator participants is uniquely innovating in distinct areas of the law.
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Following hot on the heels of the launch of Webber Wentzel's Legal Services Centre in November 2016, the firm is rolling out a firm-wide initiative to improve efficiency through the introduction of tailored Legal Project Management (LPM) training for all of its lawyers and staff.
Although the first recorded May Day celebration in South Africa dates back to 1895, we have only officially celebrated Worker’s Day since 1994. We recognise this day, in South Africa and in 80 countries around the world, in an effort to ensure fair labour practices and employment standards for all workers.
Each year, newly qualified advocates from previously disadvantaged backgrounds are selected for a lucrative start-up sponsorship from LexisNexis South Africa as part of the company’s Advocate Advancement Programme (AAP). The programme has benefited around 200 recipients since inception five years ago, representing a total investment of over R10 million from LexisNexis.
Software as a Service company, e4, says that digitisation has led to its South African-based technology being launched in Australia. Ryan Barlow, Chief Technology Officer, e4, says that while the company has made significant inroads locally with its business automation and digtial solutions, the Australian banking sector has identified the increasing need for the automation of core banking processes and other digital solutions.
The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) once again reiterates its previous condemnation against any attack on the judiciary. In particular, we now again strongly condemn the disturbing personal attack by a branch of the ANC Youth League and by Mr Mzwanele Manyi, on Judge Bashier Vally as a result of Judge Vally’s judgment against President Zuma, in the North Gauteng High Court last week.
Leading global provider of content and technology solutions, LexisNexis South Africa, has announced the official opening of a new office in Port Elizabeth – the fast-rising software development city in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.