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Preliminary view of the draft IRP 2023

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South Africa has experienced severe load shedding (i.e. controlled/scheduled power cuts), almost daily, since September 2022. This recent spike and high frequency of load shedding can be largely attributed to a significant drop in Energy Availability Factor of the coal fleet that has not been optimally maintained due to several  factors.

Do you have a leaky maintenance, repair and replacement plan?

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Heavy rains and flooding in parts of South Africa have put sectional title complex maintenance in the spotlight. Leaks are currently making up half of her department’s case load. While an unexpected deluge may sometimes be to blame, in many cases, the problem is a leaky Sectional Title Maintenance, Repair and Replacement Plan (MRRP).

Companies are urged to become compliant or face higher penalties

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From 1 March 2024, latecomers to the Consumer Goods and Services Ombud scheme will face a five per cent increase on the late joiner’s fee imposed by the Board in March 2022. The fee is based on a percentage of the annual participation fee, which in turn is based on turnover (see table below).

Mineral and Upstream Petroleum Law in 2023

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The past year has seen various developments in mineral and upstream petroleum law in South Africa which should be considered ahead of Mining Indaba 2024.

Building whistle blower confidence to enhance OHS

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The processes for reporting dangerous workplaces can significantly differ from one organisation to another. Notably, there seems to be a lack of consideration for an anonymous reporting mechanism, leaving individuals raising concerns vulnerable to potential identification by others within the organisation who may take issue with the report.

The importance of placing the transcript of the arbitration proceedings

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On 10 October 2023, we published our article titled "the importance of a complete record of arbitration proceedings" in a review application wherein the Labour Court dealt with the importance of and requirement for it to be provided with a full and proper record in review proceedings.

The power of consent – putting you in control

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In today's ever-evolving digital landscape, the concept of consumer consent has taken centre stage for companies. Gone are the days when consent was assumed; today, the control is firmly in the hands of the consumer. For those companies who handle consumer data, consent has to be a priority.

Navigating the tide of CCMA changes

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In the ever-changing South African labour market, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA) has adopted digital transformation to improve accessibility and efficiency. The introduction of an online portal streamlines CCMA referrals, accommodating modern communication demands.

AI, NFTs & the modern contract – who holds responsibility?

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As far back as 2018, Harvard Business Review (HBR) raised the question: how is artificial intelligence (AI) changing contracts? Five years may not fit the criteria of “long-term”, but with the pace at which technology is evolving, it might as well be decades. As remains the case today, HBR cited efficiency as a key driver for the growth of AI in contracting.

Consequences of employees misrepresenting their qualifications

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Whether an employee may be dismissed if he/she misrepresented his/her qualifications and/or professional memberships, but nevertheless met the minimum requirements of the position to which he/she was appointed.

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