DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, one of South Africa's largest full service corporate and commercial law firms today announced that it has entered into a strategic agreement with Spoor & Fisher, the country’s leading IP boutique law firm. Under this arrangement, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr’s clients will be able to tap into Spoor & Fisher’s market leading intellectual property capabilities and have access to prominent legal minds in the area of intellectual property. According to Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr CEO Brent Williams, the agreement will provide their clients with a full spectrum of intellectual property advice and services on the continent and internationally. Head of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr IP practice, Eben van Wyk and his team will join Spoor & Fisher in their Cape Town office. Van Wyk states: “the agreement will prove beneficial to the clients of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr given the depth of expertise rendered by over 60 lawyers and IP specialist at Spoor & Fisher.” Jonathan Whittaker, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Spoor & Fisher adds: “We believe that the additional skill set acquired in terms of the arrangement will enhance our service delivery to our clients and that the agreement with Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr will be of benefit to all.” Ends More Info: http://www.cliffedekkerhofmeyr.com Author: Angela Graham from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, the South African affiliate of the DLA Piper Group, has announced that Willem Jacobs has been appointed National Practice Head of the firm’s Corporate and Commercial practice. The practice comprises more than 30 partners, making it one of the largest corporate and commercial legal teams in the country. Jacobs is a home-grown appointment, having commenced employment with the firm in 1995. He is a highly regarded specialist in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity. Jacobs commented on his appointment, “Our Corporate and Commercial practice comprises a large group of excellent, energetic, highly motivated and committed lawyers. For me, is it not about how one leads, but who one leads. Being at the helm of this team of extremely good lawyers makes the task of guiding them an easy one. Our strategy is to continue to expand, not only in terms of our client base, but also within our team.” “The Corporate and Commercial team includes partners such as Johan Latsky, Quintin Honey and David Pinnock, who advised on the 2011 Dealmakers Deal of the Year; Banzi Malinga, who advised on the biggest commercial property deal of the year in 2011, as well as Gasant Orrie, Allan Reid, Peter Hesseling, Peter Prinsloo and David Thompson, to name a few.” Jacobs has advised on a number of the country’s largest transactions. During the last year he advised Steinhoff International Holdings on its acquisition of controlling interests in both KAP International Holdings and JD Group, which transactions were valued at over R10 billion, and he was the lead legal advisor on the merger of Tiso Group and Kagiso Trust Investments to form Kagiso Tiso Holdings, a major black economic empowerment investment holding company. Chris Ewing, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Chairman and highly recognised M&A lawyer within the Corporate and Commercial team, noted, “Willem is a popular and diplomatic leader and under his guidance, the team has new . . .
Street soccer teams from communities around the country will each compete for the title of KIA Street Soccer provincial champion over the coming weeks. The winning teams will qualify for the competition’s ultimate clash – the National Festival Finale, which will determine the 2012 Kia Street Soccer champion of champions team. This year, for the first time, provincial winners from each region competing in the Kia Street Soccer Programme will be flown to Johannesburg for the National Final, which will be held on Friday 14 September in Soweto. Event organiser Brad Bing, of the youth sports development agency Sporting Chance, is calling on all the communities to get behind their local teams for the provincial finals and spur them on to the inaugural national final. “It has long been our dream to hold a national championship final,” said Bing, Managing Director of Sporting Chance. “Bringing teams together from all the participating regions to play for one trophy, symbolising South Africa’s best, gives the Kia Street Soccer Programme a huge profile boost with greater national presence. Furthermore, it’s a thrilling opportunity for the youth who make it to the finals to experience camaraderie on a national level and the excitement of a national championship final, as well as to see more of their country. It will no doubt be a high point in their young lives – and we hope the first of many.” Five months ago, Sporting Chance, in association with title sponsor KIA and associate sponsors Foodzone, Dawn Wing, Mille and Supersport Let’s Play, rolled out the national neighbourhood street soccer programme to 6000 boys and girls under the age of 13 in communities in Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban and this year, for the first time, Welkom. Already well established in the other provinces, the KIA Street Soccer programme is the largest of its kind and its great success last year propelled it into the Free State. With many rural communities . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa– 23 August 2012 Johannesburg based 1toGo Mobile (www.1togo.net) has announced its mobile Cloud unified communications service with IP PBX for SMEs and other business users. 1toGo Mobile allows businesses to improve their business processes and productivity by offering their employees access to multiple communication and collaboration services including an IP PBX with IVR. 1toGo Mobile's services include HD voice and video calling/conferencing, instant messaging/presence, presentation sharing/Web conferencing, mobile push email, calendaring, address books and file storage as well as CRM and social media integration. These services are accessible on multiple devices such as Android phones/tablets and iPhones/iPads as well as PCs and Macs whether users are in the office, on the road or on the other side of the world. Because 1toGo Mobile's services are hosted in the Cloud, businesses can access services over their preferred networks and easily add or remove users as they require. Furthermore, because the services are packaged in a single bundle, businesses can try out or implement additional features whenever they wish without having to upgrade user accounts. This is ideal for businesses who might not wish to use the 1toGo Mobile IP PBX functionality initially because their existing PABXs have not yet reached end of life yet they wish to 'mobile enable' their existing telephone systems. "This is unlike some Cloud services which only provide IP PBX functionality or require users to upgrade their accounts to access high end features like conferencing or IP PBX" says Nigel Sinclair Thomson, CEO of 1toGo Mobile. "In addition, 1toGo Mobile makes it easy for users to access a single version of their information in the Cloud across multiple devices as well as enjoy the professionalism of a single address for all their services instead of having to use separate solutions each with their own interface and address". 1toGo Mobile is . . .
Eco-conscious wine lovers travelling on SAA can look forward to a taste of Boland Cellar’s popular environmentally friendly Flutterby range, which has recently been added to SAA’s prestigious in-flight wine list. The Flutterby range was launched to great acclaim in 2011 and the slender 100% recyclable PET bottles has been a hit with eco-conscious consumers and outdoor enthusiasts. The lightweight and easily transportable range with its convenient screw cap is the perfect picnic partner and offers a varietal for every taste, each sporting its own unique butterfly label. The unique PET packaging technology also presents a significant reduction in the manufacturing carbon footprint. SAA will be serving the 2009 Flutterby Cabernet Sauvignon in miniature 187ml rendition of the original 750ml range. The Flutterby Cabernet Sauvignon has rich Blackcurrant fruit and herbs tones, complemented by soft oak flavours. Situated in the picturesque Paarl Valley, Boland Cellar only uses fruit from the Paarl region to highlight the tremendous diversity and potential of this wine-producing district and to showcase its unique terroir. The wines are shaped by the sunny climate in summer and the mild, but wet winters as well as the maritime influence of a nearby ocean, the protected river valleys, the exposed mountain slopes and the effect of sometimes violent wind storms. Boland Cellar will also be serving a Rosé in 187ml glass bottle on SAA. The sun-ripened grapes of the Rosé display soft and juicy red summer fruit flavours - perfectly balanced with excellent length and a slight sweet finish. For more information on Boland Cellar, visit www.bolandcellar.co.za ENDS ISSUED BY: PERIDOT COMMUNICATIONS ON BEHALF OF: BOLAND CELLAR For media enquiries, please contact Christel Liebenberg on 0834480810 or firstname.lastname@example.org More Info: http://www.bolandcellar.co.za Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No . . .
The Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, is set to address entrepreneurs, business owners, innovators and service providers as the Tshwane Entrepreneurship Week (TNEW) kicks off on August 27 at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria. This weeklong conference organized by Young Revolution (YR), is dedicated to celebrating and supporting businesses in Gauteng and around South Africa. YR has partnered with various private and governmental organizations to deliver a full conference programme that will focus on the role and relationship of business, entrepreneurship and social enterprise in building an eco-system to promote and enhance economic development for a better South Africa. Other keynote speakers on the exciting line-up include Allon Raiz, Douglas Kruger, Steven Delport, York Zucchi, McLean Sibanda, Jayshree Naidoo, Siya Mapoko, Abey Mokgwatsane, Khaya Dlanga, Jurie Van Vuuren and Tony Cross. In addition, more than 40 entrepreneurs and industry experts will be giving talks on a range of topics. To find out more about this conference contact Lawrence Umukoro on 012 753 6826 or email@example.com or visit: www.tnew.co.za. More Info: http://www.tnew.co.za Author: Lawrence Umukoro from Young Revolution. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: TNEW 2012 Photographer: UMK Productions [/l2g] . . .
The beauty of South Africa’s national parks has been highlighted by a virtual treasure hunt staged by the country’s top travel magazine go! The competition, with a total prize value of more than R600 000, has grabbed the attention of thousands of readers. To date, more than 36 000 entries have been received. Each month, the magazine publishes clues for the Hide-and-Seek hunt to entice readers to discover in which national park the grand prize, a Mahindra XUV500 with accessories to the value of R355 000, has been hidden. With the August issue currently on shelves countrywide, nature lovers still have two chances to win prizes such as 4x4 accessories, camera equipment, gift vouchers, binoculars and SANpark holidays, and the grand prize of the 4x4 vehicle. “Hide-and-Seek fever has taken the country by storm,” says editor-in-chief Barnie Louw. “We have been overwhelmed by the public response. We have had extensive feedback from readers telling us how the whole family has become involved in the search for clues. We wanted to inspire people to embrace our national parks and realise how incredibly privileged we are as South Africans to have nature’s bounty right on our doorstep. I would like to encourage the public to keep submitting entries as there are further clues in the September issue and still loads of prizes to be won.” According to SANParks general manager Bheki Zwane they are delighted with the response to the competition. “It is encouraging that thousands of South Africans have taken the opportunity to once again explore our 19 national parks. I have to congratulate the magazine on the innovative way it has structured the competition. It is extremely well researched and has led readers to rediscover not only the incredible scenic beauty of our parks,” says Zwane, “but also to learn more about their history, culture and archaeology. Parks do not operate within a vacuum but carry the footprints of their inhabitants of many years ago. From the Kruger . . .
When the CPA took effect on 1 April 2011, the fanfare around the provision in the Act meant that there was a noticeable attempt at compliance by advertisers with its privacy provisions. However, more than a year later it seems that offenders need to be reminded of the requirements in legislation that govern unsolicited commercial messages (spam). With the PPI Bill due to be enacted soon, the legislation prohibiting this practice is thankfully once again receiving attention. “In this regard, offenders should note that the legal landscape for spamming, while being consistent with provisions that have already been in place under the ECT Act for some time, looks set to become more rigorous. There is every indication from policy makers and government that compliance with the CPA and the PPI Bill, when it is eventually enacted, will be far more vigorously enforced,” notes Nick Altini, director and national head of the Competition and Regulatory practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. “The Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, 2002 (ECT Act) was ground-breaking in that, for the first time, the legislature addressed the issue of spam, or unwanted unsolicited commercial electronic communications. The ECT Act prescribes that, in the case of electronic unsolicited messages, such as spam emails and SMSes, the sender must include in the message an option for the consumer to cancel their subscription to the mailing list - in other words, to opt out. In addition, the ECT Act provides that, if the consumer requests it, the parties sending the message must disclose the source from which that person obtained the consumer's personal information,” he explains. Altini says that failure to comply with these provisions actually constitutes a criminal offence. “The CPA went further by providing very consumer the right not only to ask direct marketers to desist from engaging in any direct marketing practice (whether electronic or otherwise), but also to pre-emptively block . . .
A reader has approached the Property Poser experts with a few problems, including the manner in which her landlord has dealt with her deposit. The tenant writes that she has been renting a residential property for the past two years. In terms of her original lease agreement, she had to pay a deposit of R3 700 along with a key deposit of R200 and would not receive interest upon refund of the deposit. At some stage the original landlord merged into another company, which simultaneously increased the monthly rental due. The reader states that when she did not agree to this increase, she received a letter of demand for the outstanding amount. The new landlord also insisted that she sign a new lease agreement, which she never did. When she requested a statement of account of how her deposit had been invested, the lessee was told that no interest had accrued, since it was not agreed upon in the original lease agreement. Having had enough, the reader has given the landlord two months’ notice to terminate the lease. The company has indicated that she will be refunded her deposit only, less the amount claimed in the letter of demand. The reader has also been denied her key deposit and told to approach the previous landlord regarding a refund of this and any interest earned. According to Rian du Toit from DTS Attorneys in Port Elizabeth, the Rental Housing Act states that “the landlord may require a tenant, before moving into the dwelling, to pay a deposit which, at the time, may not exceed an amount equivalent to an amount specified in the agreement or otherwise agreed to between the parties”. As far as interest on the deposit is concerned, Du Toit says the Act determines that the landlord must invest the deposit in an interest-bearing account with a financial institution. “The landlord must pay the tenant interest at a rate that may not be less than the rate applicable to a savings account with a bank.” In this regard, the provisions of the Act . . .
The formation of an alliance by four influential environmental NGOs adds momentum to the growing opposition to the controversial method of shale gas mining - which has been banned in more than 150 jurisdictions around the world. The SAFE (Sustainable Alternatives to Fracking and Exploration) Alliance includes the Wilderness Foundation, Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG), the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the African Conservation Trust (ACT); and will act as a platform to oppose fracking and seek alternative, more sustainable development options for the targeted fracking areas. “Current fracking applications cover half of the Karoo region and 18% of South Africa. Applications to explore are also spread throughout the foothills of the KZN Drakensberg, one of South Africa’s most important water catchments, including the Tugela river basin. We believe that there are alternative, sustainable activities to capitalise on in these areas which will be environmentally, economically and socially sustainable,” says Wilderness Foundation director, Andrew Muir. “It is incumbent on organisations such as the SAFE Alliance to oppose practices that are clearly not in the best interests of South Africa and its people,” says Muir. The current focus of the SAFE Alliance is to utilise legal tools to oppose the issuing of any license in connection with fracking in South Africa. According to TKAG chairman, Jonathan Deal, “Government and the companies pushing fracking in SA must provide sufficient documentation to prove that the potential and actual environmental, social and economic impacts of the irreversible and controversial mining method have been fully investigated, identified and taken into account in any policy and decision making process.” The South African Department of Minerals was expected to release its task team report on fracking to Cabinet by the end of July. However, the SAFE Alliance has raised concerns that the task team did not have adequate time . . .