April 2007


Petroleum Agency bares its teeth Mining & Energy Law April 2007

A United States oil company has lost a protracted legal battle for the rights to explore for oil in the Tugela Basin off the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, opening up the way for oil companies to apply for licenses to explore the area.

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Upholding the sectional title rights of the wrinklies Property Law April 2007

Senior and Retirement Villages restrict the right of occupation of a section of the village to persons older than a stipulated age.

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Dreadful, sloppy, legislation Immigration Law April 2007

Jacqueline Driver's article in the March edition of without prejudice (p51), under the heading Murky Waters, raised some interesting points regarding immigration law. She has stated very politely what is, in fact, a disaster.

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Tata ma interdict Intellectual Property April 2007

Rights in the LOTTO trade mark were the subject of two applications to the Pretoria High Court recently both of which were heard simultaneously (Online Lottery Services (Pty) Limited v National Lotteries Board and Others [2007] 1 All SA 618(T).

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New regulations on grey goods now in black and white Consumer Law April 2007

New regulations on the sale of parallel consumer products came into effect in February, compelling sellers to make certain disclosures to consumers in this regard.

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Sometimes difficult to see the wood for the trees Contract Law April 2007

With ever increasing global trade, legal advisers need to ensure that traders are well aware of the basic legal considerations which need to be taken into account when negotiating an international trade transaction.

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Some reprieve for consumers through the NCA Financial Law April 2007

Further regulations under the National Credit Act, 2005 (NCA) were promulgated in November last year. They will provide a welcome reprieve for many consumers currently listed with South African credit bureaux.

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What a farrago Civil Law April 2007

The Civil Union Act (17 of 2006), which came into effect in November last year, is intended to remedy the fact that the family law dispensation doesn't allow same-sex couples to enjoy the status and the benefits coupled with the responsibilities that marriage accords to opposite- sex couples.

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The London scene – luxury all the way Lifestyle April 2007

Well Shod

One of my favourite children's shoe boutiques is about to open its first proper store at 43 Elizabeth Street. Papillon specialises in helping mums find beautiful children's shoes for all occasions, for their teens as well as their tots. It offers larger than usual sizes and stock everything from flip-flops to sturdy school shoes. The store sells labels such as Jack Rogers alongside its own-brand, Papillon, which is stocked by upscale New York stores including Bergdorf Goodman and Best and Co. I want these pony skin ballerinas and I am sure the little darlings will too.

Papillon4Children 43, Elizabeth Street, London SW1 0207 730 6690 www.papillon4children.com

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Brickbats for the International Criminal Court’s “lawlessness” Lifestyle - Books April 2007

TRAVESTY

The trial of Slobodan Milosevic and the corruption of international justice

JOHN LAUGHLAND

Pluto Press

This is certainly an intriguing, possibly even explosive book. In it, Laughland condemns the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia in The Hague on two grounds: first, that it was illegally created by the UN Security Council (which, he argues, has no such powers) and is, therefore, illegitimate (*); second, because he disagrees profoundly with the Court's judicial procedures.

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Mapping out the future Deal Activity April 2007

Listed consumer electronics company, Amalgamated Appliance Holdings (AMAP), will soon manufacture and market the widest range of household durable goods in SA. This comes on the back of a deal announced in December 2006 – the terms of which were defined in March 2007 – to acquire the Steinfurn business from Steinhoff International subsidiary, Steinhoff Africa. CEO Jack Cohen said the group was on the brink of many opportunities, with the Steinfurn acquisition expected to double its revenues to more than R4bn and increase operating profit to above R400m.

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