Archive for Apr 2018

Are Uber drivers employees or independent contractors?

Are Uber drivers employees or independent contractors?: A discussion of Uber South Africa Technology Services (Pty) Ltd v National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (NUPSAW) and others [2018] ZALCCT 1 (12 January 2018).   The respondents were drivers/partner drivers of Uber BV (which is based in The Netherlands). Uber SA, a local subsidiary company of…

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From the Horse’s Mouth: House Sales and the VAT Increase

“If you hear something (straight) from the horse’s mouth, you hear it from the person who has direct personal knowledge of it” (Cambridge Dictionary) We all know by now that the VAT rate increased from 14% to 15% on 1 April. How does that affect your residential property sale/purchase? We are talking big money here…

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POPI: An Existing Risk, a Right Royal Ruckus, and the EU Deadline

When will the enforcement provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act (“POPI” or “POPIA”) come into effect? Latest indications are that the Information Regulator will announce final Regulations and a commencement date shortly, but there have been so many delays already that we perhaps shouldn’t be holding our breath on that one. Three important…

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Do You Read Online Terms and Conditions? You Should and Here’s Why

“The Internet is a Real Place with Real Consequences” (Rebecca MacKinnon, Internet policy expert) We live in an age of online commerce. We buy and sell pretty much anything you can think of on the Internet, whilst contracting online for everything from an Uber ride to a plumber’s call out has become second nature. So…

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How to Avoid Disputes over Jointly Owned Property

 “Co-ownership is the mother of disputes” (Roman law maxim)   Buying property can be an excellent investment, but it can also be expensive. So sometimes it makes a lot of sense to share the financial burden with someone else. Perhaps for example you are spouses or life partners buying your first home. Perhaps you are…

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