LAST-MINUTE COPYRIGHT BILL ENGAGEMENTS A CHARADE?

This article was published in Juta Law’s Legalbrief Today on Thursday 18 April 2019, when the Department of Trade and Industry finally posted a statement about the meeting on its website. Many Copyright Amendment Bill stakeholders at a recent ‘engagement’ with Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies were left […]

HOW WELL WILL LAND REDISTRIBUTION BE MANAGED?

There have been two disturbing media statements from the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform this year pointing to the distinct possibility of trouble ahead as the South African government accelerates its land reform programme. The first, in February, was issued to allay fears of land claims affecting properties in the suburbs of Centurion […]

IT’S ABOUT QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY

I was dismayed when the Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG) used Twitter to draw attention to a ‘snapshot of legislative activity’ in SA’s fifth democratic Parliament that completely ignored the quality of the Bills concerned. Published by the People’s Assembly but attributed to a PMG researcher, it compares the percentage of Bills tabled and ‘successfully adopted’ […]