What is ubuntu?

What is ubuntu?

The concept of ubuntu originates from Africa which includes the essential human virtues such as compassion and humanity. The essence of which is the ability of being human and valuing the good of the community above self-interest. Did you know however, that ubuntu is also a legal principle? In the legal context, as per Kroeze, […]

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What happens when someone contracts COVID-19 while at work?

What happens when someone contracts COVID-19 while at work?

On 23 March a new directive was released by the government on the compensation of workers who would contract the Corona Virus in their line of duty. This directive declared the Corona Virus to be an occupational disease if an employee contracts it or it arises, in the course of their work and can now […]

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Understanding a breach clause in a contract

Understanding a breach clause in a contract

Most agreements have a breach clause. This clause is meant to protect a party against the other party’s failure to perform. How does it work and when can it be used? What does it mean to place a party in breach? Some contracts do not have a breach clause and failure to perform is addressed […]

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Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property (“IP”) refers to creations of the mind which are recognised by the law. They are exclusive rights given to authors, inventors and businesses for their literary and artistic works of authorship, useful and ornamental inventions and valuable information. There are different kinds of IP in law such as, trade secrets, patents, copyright and […]

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An employee’s expectation of security

An employee’s expectation of security

The basis of employee-employer relationship is the employment contract. The fundamental principle of this contract is: The employer’s expectation that the employee performs their duties; and The employee’s expectation of remuneration in exchange for such performance. It is thus fair that an employee expects security from the employer for as long as their able to […]

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Setting up a company: the basics

Setting up a company: the basics

When making the decision to set up a company it is important to know the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of companies to ensure you choose the best solution for your business. In South Africa there are various possibilities available to entrepreneurs; in this article we will be focussing on the most popular […]

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Directors vs. Shareholders

Directors vs. Shareholders

Small businesses tend to have shareholders also fulfilling the role of directors. Sometimes this is not the case. What does it mean for a company when the director isn’t also the owner of the company? What can the director do without approval from the shareholders? What are the obligations of a director? We answer all […]

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What is a Social & Ethics Committee?

What is a Social & Ethics Committee?

The social and ethics committee ensures that the business takes responsibility in a social and ethical manner. It can therefore be referred to as the social conscience of the business and it is responsible to ensure that the company behaves responsibly in a social, commercial and environmental way. Who needs a Social & Ethics Committee?

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The importance of definitions in a contract

The importance of definitions in a contract

When entering into any agreement it is critical that all parties to the agreement are on the same page. However, it is possible for different parties to read the same agreement but to have various interpretations of its meaning. How do we avoid this? Definitions! Definitions are typically the part of the agreement that people […]

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Why you need a confidentiality clause

Why you need a confidentiality clause

A confidentiality clause is generally included in most commercial agreements or as a standalone agreement in the form of a nondisclosure agreement (“NDA”). The main purpose of the inclusion of the confidentiality clause is to ensure that any confidential information which is shared between parties is kept confidential. What to look out for in a […]

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