Introducing Legal Lite

Welcome to this month’s eFile. Along with this month’s news, we are proud to announce the introduction of Legal Lite, our new tailored legal service that allows you to get rapid, accessible legal counsel when you need it. We also discuss the new amendments to the B-BBEE ICT Sector Code and IP Exchange Controls. You will also find insight on the latest POPIA announcement, as well as an exciting development for the .africa domain name.

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Harty Rushmere eFiles – Volume 40 (April 2017)

Welcome to this month’s eFile. Along with this month’s news, we are proud to announce the introduction of Legal Lite, our new tailored legal service that allows you to get rapid, accessible legal counsel when you need it. We also discuss the new amendments to the B-BBEE ICT Sector Code and IP Exchange Controls. You will also find insight on the latest POPIA announcement, as well as an exciting development for the .africa domain name.

IP exchange controls relaxed, but only under certain conditions

South African residents who create intellectual property and invest offshore are in for some good news. In its 2017 Budget Review, the National Treasury has amended its exchange control policy to state that companies and individuals no longer need SARB’s approval for standard intellectual property transactions. The reviewed policy also proposes that the ‘loop structure’

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