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Understanding your basic rights against abuse...and how to seek help.

As a result of the high level of abuse and violence in South Africa, it has become increasingly important for us to understand some of our basic rights and the laws enacted to offer protection to victims and potential victims of abuse.

Werksmans Attorneys' Naledi Motsiri works closely in this space and briefly discusses the following:

- Domestic Violence Act and Protection from Harassment Act
- The procedure to obtain a protection order
- Views on the above-mentioned Acts from a public interest lawyer's point of view
- What can be done to improve the application of these laws to protect women

Motsiri is a Director at Werksmans Attorneys, in the pro bono department. She specialises in pro bono legal advice and assistance; general dispute resolution and civil litigation; as well as labour- and employment law litigation. She also focuses on consumer rights; children's rights; disability rights; property rights; labour law; maintenance; and wills. Motsiri holds an LLB degree and a Certificate in Advanced Labour Law (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria.

Tackling B-BBEE issues in business

With more than 20 years into a new democratic era, Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) has become a key part of government policy and doing business in South Africa.

However, the legislation presents business with certain challenges. Pieter Steyn, head of the B-BBEE practice at Werksmans Attorneys, discusses the following key issues affecting business in South Africa arising from B-BBEE compliance in this Moneyweb webinar:

The legal framework for B-BBEE and the role and powers of the B-BBEE commission;
Recent B-BBEE commission investigations and cases including the MTN and Eskom decisions;
The use of trusts in B-BBEE ownership structures;
The severe consequences of fronting practices (10% of turnover fines, 10-year jail terms and being blocked from state tenders for 10 years). What are the red flags?
Understanding the role of B-BBEE in state procurement. When can sub-contracting amount to a fronting practice?

Brought to you by Werksmans Attorneys.

How to comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act

The Protection of Personal Information Act (Popia) has been signed into law and aims to safeguard the personal information of individuals and organisations. Companies have to consider what the act means for business and what type of measures must be to put in place across various areas to ensure compliance with the act.

To address concerns around the act and provide further insight into what it requires, Ahmore Burger-Smidt, head of Data Privacy at Werksmans Attorneys, joins Moneyweb journalist Ciaran Ryan, for an exclusive insight into Popia. 

Some other points discussed:

Consent: What constitutes as legal consent to receiving communication from organisations and what steps organisations need to take in order comply with Popia legislation.
Legitimate interest: In terms of this lawful basis of use, it is lawful for a supplier to use personal information for direct marketing purposes, if the marketing is in the legitimate interests of the supplier. Ahmore and Ciaran explore what legitimate interest constitutes as, given that it is not clearly defined by the law.
CCTV cameras: What the law says regarding the protection of privacy of an individual concerning CCTV cameras in public areas and steps to be taken for these companies to comply with the law.
Contracts: What is actually required going forward.

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