New B-BBEE Code: ICT industry champions diversity

The Amended B-BBEE ICT Sector Code was recently launched by Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Siyabonga Cwele. The code promises to address past inequality through championing the participation of the previously disadvantaged within the ICT sector. Cwele also took the opportunity to launch the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment ICT Sector Council, which was established

The eFiles

Harty Rushmere eFiles – Volume 39 (November 2016)

In this edition of the eFiles, we examine the government’s controversial Integrated ICT Policy White Paper and its reception in the industry. We also have a look at the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa’s proposal of an industry code for the advertising and marketing industry. Lastly, we discuss some promising advances in the long-awaited implementation of the Protection of Personal Information Act.

Information regulator appoints chairperson

Former IEC Chairperson Pansy Tlakula has nominated by the National Assembly as South Africa’s Information Regulator. This newly established role is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance, as well as handling complaints related to the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI). Advocates Lebogang Cordelia Stroom and Johannes Collen Weapond join him as full time members,

Draft Industry Code to impact marketing in SA

In the interests of championing consumer rights, the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) has approached the National Consumer Commission (“NCC”) with a proposed industry code called the Advertising and Marketing Industry Code of Practice (“the Industry Code”). The Industry Code was published for public comment in the Government Gazette of 26 July 2016,

SA’s integrated ICT Policy receives lukewarm reception

The South African government has taken steps towards approving the controversial Integrated ICT Policy White Paper. This paper is set to replace two separate historic white papers on Telecommunication (1996) and Postal Services (1998). This development has received a lukewarm reception within the industry. The ICT policy has been eagerly anticipated, as it promises to

The eFiles

Harty Rushmere eFiles – Volume 38 (August 2016)

In this month’s eFile, we discuss the newly published B-BBEE regulations and the impact they will have on the reporting of results and major BEE transactions. We also discuss how recent labour disputes have shone a spotlight on the regulation surrounding companies undergoing legal proceedings. Any business that produces content will be interested in our take on the Film and Publication Board’s revised Online Regulation Policy.

The eFiles

Harty Rushmere eFiles – Volume 37 (July 2016)

The Internet has changed how we work, how we access information and how we engage with one another. In this month’s issue, we explore the legal implications of social networking, discuss the right the public has to information in terms of the 2008 Companies Act and introduce you to the world’s first virtual attorney.