AFSA INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION RULES COME INTO FORCE WITH HSF’S JONATHAN RIPLEY-EVANS APPOINTED TO NEW AFSA COURT

The new Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA) International Arbitration Rules (the Rules) came into force on 1 June 2021, applying to all international arbitrations commenced at AFSA on or after that date. The Rules are the product of a Drafting Committee, led by Professor Maxi Shearer, and an Advisory Board consisting of “leading academics, … Read more

CLEARING THE WATERS: THE UPSTREAM PETROLEUM RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT BILL, 2021

∨ Introduction ∨ Key differences between the 2019 Bill and the 2021 Bill ∨ Conclusion INTRODUCTION Total S.A.’s (Total) initial discovery just over two years ago of gas concentrate in the Outeniqua Basin (Brulpadda prospect, Block 11B/12B) offshore South Africa – a deposit reportedly containing around one billion barrels of oil equivalent1 – has placed … Read more

MSGBC Basin Digital Summer Updates

Herbert Smith Freehills is a proud supporter of the MSGBC Basin Digital Summer Updates taking place on 6 and 7 July 2021. Paris-based Partner Bertrand Montembault will be joining a panel discussion on Local Content in Practice: Latest Legislation Updates, The Role of Local Content as the Basin Moves Towards Production and The Changing Role … Read more

AFRICA COMPETITION LAW NEWSLETTER

DEVELOPMENTS IN SOUTH AFRICA   Competition commission initiates a market inquiry into the online intermediation platform market Competition commission publishes final guidelines for competition in the South African automotive market The commission is consulting stakeholders in respect of proposed codes of conduct in the food supply chain The CCSA finalises it’s inquiry into the land … Read more

GREEN ENERGY IN AFRICA: ACCELERATING ENERGY TRANSITIONS ACROSS THE CONTINENT

Author: Rebecca Major The following article was first published by Jeune Afrique in The Africa Report (N° 116, July-August-September 2021) International investors need to reduce their carbon footprint globally and are being pushed by market forces, legislators, courts and shareholders to do so. Africa needs an “energy progression” as well as an “energy transition”. In … Read more

Boom de l’économie verte : les défis de l’industrie minière congolaise / Green economy boom: challenges and opportunities for DRC’s mining industry

Click here for the English translation Cet article a initialement été publié par Jeune Afrique dans son numéro du 1er Juin 2021 La transition vers une économie sobre en carbone s’accélère à la faveur des plans de relance économique dont les objectifs à cet égard sont ambitieux. Or pour les économistes, la transition énergétique n’aura … Read more

AFRICAN INFRASTRUCTURE: THE CEOs’ VISION

HSF is a proud supporter of The Africa Infrastructure Development Association (AfIDA) and recently participated in a roundtable debate which discussed how to achieve sustainable infrastructure for all in Africa. The following is an extract of that discussion published in the Financial Times (FT) on 1 June 2021 in its special report on Investing in … Read more

THE SUDANESE MINERAL LAW REGIME AND POTENTIAL LAW REFORM RECOMMENDATIONS

INTRODUCTION Sudan as a potential mining jurisdiction On 6 October 2017, the United States permanently lifted a twenty year-long raft of sanctions on Sudan. The decision was made in response to the African nation’s attempts to address concerns relating to terrorism, as well as human rights abuses against civilians in the country’s Darfur region. By … Read more