NewERAThe Future of Money and Business – Part 1 - Welcome to a new world. A world where money does not exist and everyone lives in a Utopian society.

simon slaterLocal technology services powerhouse e4 has been added to a shortlist of contenders hoping to win a 2014 Southern Africa Compliance Award.

ais logoAssimilated Information Systems (AIS), a specialist provider of software and IT solutions, has joined the IBM PartnerWorld Program as an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) giving it access to a variety of IBM technologies, tools, and services to further enhance its offering to customers.

Bongani Mgaga director at Garlicke and bousfieldBongani Mgaga clearly remembers his first job at the age of twelve, where he tended the garden of his mother’s employer every Saturday and earned R3.50 (minus 80c bus fare) for his efforts. He has come a long way since then, now a Director in the Labour Department at Garlicke & Bousfield.

LSSAThe Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) welcomes the promulgation of the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014. The Act was assented to by the President on 20 September and gazette on 22 September 2014.

LaW TrustGoogle is adding its considerable weight to the online security space by giving a rankings boost to sites that go HTTPS. HTTPS means adding an SSL 2048-bit key certificate to a website, and thus increasing the security of the site.

speechexec-for-smartphonesA law firm in Belgium - Knokse Advocate and Associate combines professional dictation technology and Philips smartphone app for maximum time savings and flexibility. Shortly after being established in 2005, Knokse Advocate and Associate, successfully made the transition to digital dictation.

Lexis nexis south africaLeading content and technology solutions provider, LexisNexis South Africa, marked its 80th year of operation in the country this year with a spate of new technology platforms that have strengthened its position as a digital innovator in the regulatory content industry.

White canyon wipedriveWipeDrive secure and certified data wiping software is currently being used by many government and commercial organisations worldwide.

Lexis nexis south africaLexisNexis South Africa, a leading provider of content and technology solutions for the legal and professional markets, has continued its drive to make the practice of law more efficient and mobile, by introducing Wi-Fi technology at the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

LLB degree scrapRetired Gauteng Judge President Bernard Ngoepe says there is a need for lawyers to be trained properly, and has called for the "genuine" postgraduate LLB degree to be brought back. His comments on Thursday evening come amid concern in the legal fraternity over the quality of the four-year LLB programme.
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sabinetExorbitant operating costs are one of the biggest barriers in starting a small or medium enterprise in South Africa today. Many law firms and tertiary institutions in South Africa have felt this financial pressure, it is impossible for businesses and institutions everywhere to ignore these economic times.

speechexecBirmingham Law Firm oversees administrative tasks and distributes departmental workload with optimised digital dictation solution from Philips.

sabinetSabinet is pleased to announce that an agreement has been concluded with NewsBank, Inc., publisher of Access South Africa and the South African News Archive. NewsBank, has been one of the world’s premier information providers for more than 40 years. As part of this agreement, Sabinet will distribute the NewsBank services to Corporate and Government institutions in Southern Africa.

video conferencing paroleThe Department of Correctional Services will spend R10-million installing video-conferencing technology in all its 53 centres to allow victims of crimes to be part of the parole process. Correctional Services acting national commissioner Zach Modise said that in terms of Section 299A of the Criminal Procedure Act, victims or their relatives had a right to make representations on parole of offenders serving terms for murder, rape, robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping.
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mobile data security popiOver the past three decades legislatures across the world have been trying to update their legal systems to address growing concerns around how our private information is being used once handed over to companies in both the public and private sectors.

Bowman Gillfillan AfricaBowman Gilfillan’s maritime, transport and logistics practice area has announced that one of Durban’s leading maritime law firms, Velden Pike Nichols, will be joining the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group with effect from 1 August this year. 

Interbrand for canonCanon, world-leader in imaging solutions, has risen to 26th place on the latest Interbrand Best Global Green Brands list, up from 30th place in 2013. The Interbrand report highlights Canon’s implementation of sustainable practices in 2012, including reducing CO2 emissions over entire product life cycles by nearly three times the company’s target, and collecting 310,000 tons of used toner cartridges globally since 1990, consequently reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 450,000 tons and avoiding the need for 201,000 tons of new resources.

facial recognitionThe use of facial recognition within surveillance systems is gaining a lot of traction locally, especially in secure environments such as border posts, as well as platinum- and gold mines where these systems protect employees against illegal miners and the mines themselves from product theft.

Richard PembertonThe constitution entrenches the right to strike and the Labour Relations Act of 1995 (“the LRA”) provides that workers may strike subject to the compliance with certain procedures which involve a compulsory mediation to be completed within 30 days of referral of the dispute. Failing settlement the strike can commence on the giving of 48 hours written notice.

wearable technologyTechnologies such as Google Glass and smart watches are gradually making their way into the workplace. But the intrusive nature of these devices, which could be used by employees to take clandestine photographs or videos, are ringing alarm bells among some employers, says lawyer Sue McLean at Morrison and Foerster. “There are huge privacy and ethical implications around wearable technology,” she said in an interview with Computer Weekly.
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nedbankTechnological innovations are occurring at a rapid pace throughout all industries but the banking and financial services sector specifically has witnessed major change in recent years.

e4 LogoThe LAW Group has announced a “brand” new name following its recent restructure to consolidate operations in January 1, 2014. The transformation from LAW Group to e4 is an exciting expression of the company’s well-known and respected positioning as a leading edge technology company within the South African market.

bighand installs at evershedsEversheds, one of the largest law firms in the world, has partnered with BigHand to enhance its document production processes with the addition of speech recognition functionality.

thomson reuters eliteThomson Reuters Elite, part of the Legal business of Thomson Reuters, today announced that award winning and leading UK full-service firm Boyes Turner LLP has made the decision to implement Client & Matter Management as part of Elite’s enterprise business management solution (EBMS).

connection telecomConnection Telecom, the leading cloud-based PBX/call centre provider, has acquired FatBudgie, itself a cloud PBX provider for business and a market leader in the SMME/SOHO segment.

thomson reuters eliteThomson Reuters Elite, part of the Legal business of Thomson Reuters, has announced that MatterSphere, the matter management component of Elite’s Client & Matter Management offerings, has been selected to support leading Australian and UK firm Slater & Gordon throughout its continued expansion.

elite thomson reutersElite’s Enterprise Business Management Solution Benefits Leading UK firm with Improved Data Accessibility More Efficient Workflows. Thomson Reuters Elite, a leading global provider of enterprise business management solutions (EBMS) to professional services firms, today announced that EMW Law LLP, a leading, UK-based commercial firm, has become the latest firm to select MatterSphere, the matter management component of Elite’s Client & Matter Management offerings.

cloudwareApplication delivery company Cloudware says every school in South Africa could have 100 internet-connected computers within four years -- and it would cost no more than what the government is already planning to spend on a private cloud alone.

voteOn Wednesday, 7 May 2014, millions of South Africans will be heading to voting stations around the country to cast their votes. This act of nationalism has been made easier and less stressful thanks to the availability of the official IEC South Africa app, now available in the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store, which amongst others enables users to have their voter registration status and other vital details at their fingertips.

witsThe South African Attorneys Association welcomes the announcement by Wits University that it intends to make the LLB a post graduate degree. There is general agreement that the current four year LLB is not adequate. In addition, many universities have to devote course time to the teaching of numeracy and literacy skills to first year students. 

connection telecomConnection Telecom, South Africa’s leading cloud-based PBX provider has attained CounterPath’s ITSP partner certification, making it the first to bring enterprise-class mobile voice over IP (MVoIP) solutions to South Africa.

howard stephenson presents award to caleb jonesRecognising the rapid evolution of environmental law within South Africa in recent years and with the aim of encouraging young law students to specialise in this field, Garlicke & Bousfield, leading Durban law firm, has once again presented a University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) student with the coveted Garlicke & Bousfield Environmental Law Award.

LLB degree changeThe Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) has noted recent views expressed by various stakeholders regarding the LLB degree following the announcement by Wits to offer its LLB as a postgraduate qualification only. ‘At the outset, the LSSA wishes to state that it is committed to cooperating with all stakeholders to promote the reform of legal study which will ensure that the public receives the best possible service from professional and ethical legal practitioners.

connection telecomThe announcement by Telkom recently that it plans to replace almost 300 of its unprofitable copper-based exchanges with wireless 3G and LTE services is good news for the telecommunications industry.

LLB degree scrapRetired Transvaal Judge Bernard Ngoepe has called on South African universities to scrap the four-year LLB degree, The Saturday Star reported. “In the olden days, you would not even be allowed to enrol for an LLB without a junior degree,” Ngoepe told the newspaper.
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popi data problemCertain provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act, No 4 of 2013 (Act) dealing with the establishment of the office of the Information Regulator (as well as its powers, duties and functions) have, on proclamation by the President of the Republic of South Africa, come into effect as of 11 April 2014.

John chen blackberryJohn Chen clarifies a recent Reuters article and reiterates that BlackBerry is Not Leaving the Handset Market. 

nashua mobileReunert Limited, a JSE Limited (JSE) listed entity and the holding company of Nashua Mobile, today issued a JSE Securities Exchange News Service announcement detailing a transaction that Nashua Mobile has concluded with Vodacom and MTN (MN0s).

rendezvous workspaceNorton Rose Fulbright, an international law firm with nearly 3,800 lawyers in 52 offices worldwide is the latest organisation in South Africa to take on board Rendezvous meeting room software from global suppliers NFS Technology Group.

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