THE DRAFT MINERAL AND PETROLEUM RESOURCES REGULATIONS: A PROVERBIAL CURATE’S EGG?

Authors: Peter Leon, Patrick Leyden, Ernst Muller and Amanda Hattingh Last week StatsSA (South Africa’s official statistics authority) announced that South Africa’s economy contracted by 0.6 per cent during Q3. It is likely to contract further in Q4 as a further round of electricity blackouts occurs as a result of Eskom load shedding. The economy’s … Read more

THE NEW IVORIAN INVESTMENT CODE: TINKERING WITH AN IMPERFECT SYSTEM OR PIONEERING A PATH?

Authors: Jonathan Ripley-Evans, Jenalee Harrison and Marie Terrien Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is facing significant opposition in its current form. Whilst some parties are engaged to find new common ground, others have unilaterally implemented measures aimed at ousting investor-state arbitration altogether. Over time, more and more attention has been paid to the International Centre for … Read more

THE AFRICAN CONTINENTAL FREE TRADE AGREEMENT: A NEW PATHWAY FOR AFRICA?

Authors: Peter Leon, Ernst Muller and Natasha Rachwal EVOLUTION OF THE AfCFTA KEY FEATURES OF THE AfCFTA OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH AND INVESTMENT OBSTACLES TO ECONOMIC INTEGRATION Evolution of the AfCFTA  A significant milestone has been reached in the economic integration of Africa, with the creation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (“AfCFTA”). Opened for … Read more

SOUTH AFRICA: WHITE-COLLAR CRIME – LAW AND PRACTICE

Authors: Cameron Dunstan-Smith, Jonathan Ripley-Evans, Jenalee Harrison and Fiorella Noriega. 1. LEGAL FRAMEWORK 1.1 Classification of Criminal Offences South Africa’s criminal legal framework consists of a mixture of common law and statutory offences and does not consist of a formal framework of categories of offences – however, offences can be categorised in terms of severity, … Read more

CYBER ATTACKS, DATA BREACHES AND HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

Assess the data you hold and the risks to which you are exposed to determine reasonable and appropriate protection. Moneyweb’s Nompu Siziba interviews Rohan Isaacs – head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications at the Johannesburg office following a media briefing on Cyber Security.  NOMPU SIZIBA: Herbert Smith Freehills, specialists in technology and cyber attacks, have … Read more

PETER LEON: ECONOMIC NATIONALISM IN AFRICA’S GIANTS HOLDS BACK FREE TRADE

Author: Peter Leon  SA, Nigeria and Egypt have not signed up to crucial aspects of the African Continental Free Trade Area. A significant milestone has been reached in the economic integration of Africa with the creation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Opened for adoption at the AU summit in Kigali in March … Read more

GOVERNANCE OF AFRICA’S MINERAL RESOURCES

Author: Peter Leon Peter Leon’s notes delivered during the EAST AND CENTRAL AFRICA MINING FORUM. INTRODUCTION  AFRICA’S RESOURCE CURSE: IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS TO GOVERN AFRICA’S MINERALS.  The African continent is endowed with abundant natural resources, including about thirty per cent of the world’s mineral reserves. Historically, however, most resource-rich African countries have been categorized as … Read more