The legality of Expiring Data Bundles

It is no secret that a number of service providers within the South African telecommunications industry offer data bundles packaged according to expiration periods ranging from 1 hour to 30 days. Once that chosen time duration has expired, the user forfeits all the remaining data already purchased at full value without being reimbursed for the … More The legality of Expiring Data Bundles

Are the 2017 PPPFA Regulations misaligned? Can Competition law assist?

Picture: @BradHunterMedia – Durban, KZN If one looks at the 2011 Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) Regulations, the Regulations provide two ratios to be used in determining a tender award. The two point systems are the 90/10 and the 80/20 ratios. The 90/10 ratio indicates that 90 out of 100 points are to be … More Are the 2017 PPPFA Regulations misaligned? Can Competition law assist?

‘Excusing yourself from the dinner table’ – the risk in applying for immunity in terms of the Competition Act

The opinion expressed in this blog post does not constitute legal advice and is provided for interest only. The views expressed do not constitute the views of my employer.  After reading David Lewis’ ‘Thieves at the Dinner Table’, a must read for any aspiring competition lawyer, Lewis refers to his negotiations with various cartel members as the … More ‘Excusing yourself from the dinner table’ – the risk in applying for immunity in terms of the Competition Act

A glance at the Rental Housing Amendment Act of 2014: clumsy & inflexible but overlooked

Introduction The Rental Housing Amendment Act of 2014 (“the Amendment Act”) has been assented to and is due to commence on a proclamation by the President. In the KZN region alone, the Ethekwini Municipality owns and lets 7 640 rental-housing units. Furthermore, the Msunduzi Municipality in the PMB region has found itself facing a large-scale … More A glance at the Rental Housing Amendment Act of 2014: clumsy & inflexible but overlooked

Collusive tendering: what engineering grads need to know

What is collusive tendering? In essence, collusive tendering is an abuse of the tender process (although it can be extended to auctions and other similar types of transactions). Collusive tendering may occur in a number of ways. For example, it occurs when firms agree beforehand on the prices to be submitted for the tender. Alternatively, collusive … More Collusive tendering: what engineering grads need to know

Stellenbosch Landlords: A reflection on the Rhodes University fire

Stellenbosch University, situated in the Winelands of the Cape, attracts students from all over the World. University accommodation is impressive, but unable to cater for the vast number of students that are enrolled in the University. Therefore, a large number of students lease premises in the Stellenbosch Central area. The recent fire tragedy at Rhodes University highlights … More Stellenbosch Landlords: A reflection on the Rhodes University fire

Guptas: A hollow victory for corporate governance

The Gupta-Zuma saga has drawn worldwide attention, featuring in the NY times as well as CNN. The recent resignation of Duduzane Zuma and Atul Gupta from the Board of Oakbay Investment Holdings has caused quite a buzz in corporate South Africa. A Rhodes University professor has gone as far as hailing the resignation “a victory for … More Guptas: A hollow victory for corporate governance