Technology and the law converge is the theme for the South Africa’s 4th Annual Cyber Law Conference which will be held at The Farm Inn 20 minutes East of Pretoria on the 27th to the 29th October 2009. Expect to meet technology and telecommunications lawyers not only from South Africa, but from all over the globe, and our programs will present the most current, timely and cutting edge international information and legal insights. This is the ideal opportunity for both ICT lawyers and ICT professionals and executives to share knowledge and also lawyers in general to become more aware of the role of ICT in the modern day practice. 

Nestling on a rocky outcrop under the African sun, The Farm Inn is a great getaway, and an ideal conference venue. The Farm Inn is a privately owned country Hotel on the eastern outskirts of Pretoria, only 20 minutes from Pretoria’s Church Square, 50 minutes from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport.

With this FOURTH instalment of the highly successful Annual Cyber Law Conference, we commit ourselves to a convergence of Technology and the Law. The ICT Sector is identified by governments, private sector institutions and other developmentrelated institutions as the engine of growth for the Africa continent. As important as the ICT sector is to development and growth, so much more important is the Law which governs this exponentially fast developing sector…ICT Law / Cyber Law.

Who should attend: Heads of Departments (both IT and Legal), CEO’s, Managers, Executives, Academics, Students, Attorneys, Legal Advisors…..


DAY 1: 27 OCTOBER 2009

08h30 – 09h20 REGISTRATION
09h20 – 09h30 Barend Burgers (Barend Burgers Attorneys)
Introduction & Chair of the day’s sessions
09h30 – 10h30 The Honourable Minister Jeffrey Radebe (Dept of Justice & Constitutional Development)
Welcoming Keynote Address
10h45 – 11h00 TEA/COFFEE BREAK
11h00 – 12h00 Connie Grobler/Michelle Beetar (Novell)
“The Role of Technology in Ensuring Compliance”
12h00 – 13h00 Sizwe Snail (Couzyn Hertzog & Horak)
“Demystifying Electronic signatures in South Africa”
• Electronic Signatures in SA
• Electronic Signatures in USA
• UNCITRAL Model Law
• Comparing different Electronic Signatures
• Demystifying individual aspects of Advanced electronic signatures
13h00 – 14h00 NETWORKING LUNCH
14h00 – 15h00 David Taylor (UNISA)
“Law meets Technology: Digital Commissioners of Oaths”
• Legal requirements of certifying copies in the digital world
• Legal issues
• Technical solutions
15h00 – 15h15 TEA/COFFEE BREAK
15h15 – 16h15 Carmen Cupido (Bowman Gilfillan)
“Broadband Regulation – for better or for worse?”
• The law – enabling?
• The policy – disabling?
• The future – undersea cables and beyond

DAY 2: 28 OCTOBER 2009

08h30 – 08h45 Gavin McLachlan (KZN Law Society)
Chair of the day’s sessions
08h45 – 09h45 Dana van der Merwe (UNISA)
“Standards and Proof”
09h45 – 10h45 Francis Cronje (KPMG)
“Data Privacy & Protection”
10h45 – 11h00 TEA/COFFEE BREAK
11h00 – 12h00 Dr BJE Taute/M Grobler/S Nare (UNISA)
“Forensic challenges for handling incidents and crime in Cyberspace”
• Technology challenges in digital forensics
• The time factor in dealing with incidents and crime in cyberspace
12h00 – 13h00 Cobus Burgers (NetCB Solutions (Pty) Ltd)
“Building a Compliance Management Framework”
• Compliance Management has become a critical component within many organisations.
• The complexity of these requirements results in many organisations delaying the process of
ensuring full compliance with certain legislative requirements.
• This results in security audits being failed on numerous levels within the organisation.
• This session will briefly outline how the process can be simplified and how frameworks for
compliance can be established as cornerstones for compliance management Strategies within
an organisation.
13h00 – 14h00 LUNCH
14h00 – 15h00 Pria Chetty (Chetty Law)
“The Impact of “Free” and “Open” Business Models on Legal Principles”
• Analysis of bestseller business books that present compelling reasons for paradigm shifts and
innovative applications of the law.
• Topics include (i) new rules for intellectual property; and (ii) new applications for contracts.
• Included in the discussion list are the books:
– “The Long Tail: How Endless Choice Is Creating Unlimited Demand”;
– “Free: The Future of a Radical Price”;
– “Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything”; and
– “What Would Google Do”
15h00 – 15h15 TEA/COFFEE BREAK
15h15 – 16h15 MacGregor Kufa (Phungula Attorneys Inc)
“Metatags as Trademarks”
• use of metatags in the source code of a competitors website
• how courts have viewed the infringing use of metatags
• initial interest confusion to infringing metatag use
• theoretical application of initial interest confusion
• practical problems of applicability
• types of metatags available on the world wide web (or is it the wild wild west)

DAY 3: 29 OCTOBER 2009

08h30 – 08h45 Sizwe Snail (Couzyn Hertzog & Horak)
(Chair of the day’s sessions)
08h45 – 09h45 Ophemetse Sibanda (UNISA)
“Towards Techno-Judiciary in SA: ICT and Case Management in Courts”
• Development of ICT in the South African Justice System
• Challenges faced in case management
• Comparative developments in case management
09h45 – 10h45 Emeka Arinze (Whitehall Solicitors & Attorneys)
“Technical issues inherent in the ICT technology in the admissibility of electronic evidence”
• Metadata construct /audit trails
• Technical / conceptual requirements for guaranteeing the reliability and authenticity of
records in electronic system
• Managing risks of the vulnerability of computer records and electronically stored
information (ESI)
10h45 – 11h00 TEA/COFFEE BREAK
11h00 – 12h00 Sieg Eiselen (UNISA)
“E-commerce in the International Context”
• UNCITRAL model laws on e-commerce and signature
• Vienna Sales Convention (CISG)
• UNCITRAL Convention on Electronic Communications in International Commercial
12h00 – 13h00 Mark Heyink (Information Governance Consultancy)
“Privacy in SA: Understanding and Planning”
• International Principles
• Business Issues
• Technical Issues
• Emerging International Standards
• Preparation and Information Security
13h00 – 14h00 LUNCH
14h00 – 15h00 Speaker to be confirmed
“Topic to be confirmed”
15h00 – 17h00 Conclusion & Cocktails


What Your Registration Includes:
Your registration includes admission to the conference sessions, access to speaker presentations and papers, a comprehensive attendee list, access to exhibits, daily Networking
lunch and Networking Cocktails. Conference program and registration details are subject to change. Please visit our website @ for ongoing updated information about the conference.


Group Registration:
A discount is available for groups of 5 or more people registering from the same organization. To receive the special rate, you must contact us before registering for the conference and we will inform you of how to proceed with processing the group registration. Please contact us at Barend Burgers Attorneys at or (+27) +12 3626087.
Students must have a valid student ID in order to qualify for the student registration fees. You must show your valid student ID when checking in at the meeting to verify student status. Student discount is only valid for undergraduate students. Candidate Attorneys must provide proof of their status.

Cancellation Policy:
Refunds are available based on when you cancel. You may substitute another person from your firm or company if you are unable to attend. Requests for refunds in accordance with this policy or substitutions may be submitted via email to Barend Burgers Attorneys at or call (+27) +12 3626087.
Cancellation Deadlines
On or before 31 August 2009 – 100% refund
1 September – 30 September 2009 – 50% refund
After 1 October 2009 – No refund

Confirmation of your Registration
For registrations made on-line, confirmation of registration will be sent via email immediately. For registrations made with check payment via mail, please allow two weeks for  processing; confirmation of registration will be sent via email immediately upon processing. If you do not receive your confirmation after 30 days, please email Barend Burgers Attorneys at or (+27) +12 3626087 / (+27) +825620867

Questions regarding Registration or membership may be directed to Barend Burgers Attorneys at or (+27) +12 3626087 / (+27) +825620867.
Registration closes 24 October 2009

Normal Price:                            R5 400-00 (Registration & payment after 21 Sept 2009)
Early Bird Price:                        R4 200-00 (Registration & payment before 21 Sept 2009) Member price:           R3 300-00 (must have paid annual membership fees)
Student price:                           R2 400-00 (only valid for undergraduate students & candidate attorneys; proof required)
Single day price:                       R1 750-00
Single session price:                 R 750-00


** Barend Burgers Attorneys is not a registered VAT vendor.
*** Please deposit the conference fees into the following account, using your surname or company name as reference:

Barend Burgers Attorneys Trust Account
Bank: Standard Bank
Branch: Menlyn
Branch Code: 012345
Account Number: 012760889

****Conference fees are payable within 14 days from date of registration. Interest at 24% per year will be levied on all late payments. (a 5% discount will be granted to
all delegates who provides proof of full payment on date of registration)

Sponsors for this year’s event are:

Barend Burgers Attorneys




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