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Covid-19 and insurance claims

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If you haven’t already dusted off the business interruption, liability and event cancellation policies you have underwritten, or placed for an insured, and checked for coronavirus coverage, now is the time to do so.  

Operating call centres for essential services during the lockdown

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On 9 April 2020, the Government issued Notice 43224, Regulation 459, effective as of 9 April 2020 which provides directions regarding the operation of Essential Service Call Centres during the Lockdown Period. 

Planning for a resurgent hospitality market after COVID-19

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There is promise after the storm, but good planning is needed by business owners in the restaurant, bar and events industry.

Entrepreneurs to capitalise on SA’s budding cannabis industry

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With deregulation glinting globally, the cannabis market is expected to explode. New Frontier Data’s Global Cannabis Report: 2019 Industry Outlook estimates that there are around 263 million legal users of cannabis and cannabis-related products worldwide. Africa is home to 83 million of these. The report estimates that the total legal cannabis market hit a value of $344 billion in 2018, and ranks Africa as one of the top five regional markets, accounting for $37.3 billion.

Winding up under the new and old Companies Acts

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The recent Supreme Court case of Murray NO and others v African Global Holdings (Pty) Ltd concerned the group of companies known as the Bosasa Group, which has received much scrutiny under the Zondo Commission into State Capture.

Comply with the lockdown, but don’t judge those who don’t

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Legally we have entered unchartered waters that government, perhaps understandably, appears unable to navigate. Practically, the coronavirus regulations cannot be adhered to in a society composed like South Africa’s. In whichever way one approaches the issue, the coronavirus regulations should in large part be set aside and replaced by less restrictive measures to control the pandemic.

PODCAST | Force majeure and contractual obligations (COVID-19)

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An interview with Yasmine Wilson, Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright, and Dr Ivor Blumenthal, CEO, ArkKonsult, discussing the impact of COVID-19 on force majeure clauses in contracts.

Panic is close second to the corona curse

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It is understandable that business owners feel panicky because of the toll Corona is taking on business income. However, many businesses realise that if they implement wholesale retrenchments they will not only lose valuable skills but will also reduce the buying power of the public. This would then further reduce the business’s ability to earn an income.

BOOK REVIEW | Litigation Skills for South African Lawyers

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With the reputation for developing training material that reduced the failure rate at the legal Bar examinations from 40% pre 2003, to less than 2% in 2011, CG Marnewick can be trusted to bring a highly valuable resource to the profession, giving civil and criminal litigators the skills to excel.

COVID-19: patent infringements in public healthcare emergencies

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Patented technology holds the key to many solutions that assist medical professionals daily in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. In this context, we look at several issues relating to enforcement of patents in the face of public health emergencies, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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