Herbert Smith Freehills has been named Project Finance Team of the Year at the IFLR Africa Awards 2021.   The firm also received recognition for its work on the Beitbridge border post modernisation project, which was named Project Finance Deal of the Year. The Beitbridge project involves the expansion, upgrading and rehabilitation of the Zimbabwean … Read more

    ESG Tracker SADC Region August 2021

    There are so many ESG-related publications and developments that it is hard to keep abreast of them all. For this reason, HSF is now publishing a monthly tracker of ESG-related publications and developments. The primary focus of the tracker is on developments that may be of most interest to or which are likely to impact … Read more

    Incapacity due to ill-health – how to manage long COVID in the workplace

    Discovery Health’s Head of the Centre for Clinical Excellence, Doctor Noluthando Nematswerani, said “Long COVID affects every aspect of life, it affects one’s mental health and one’s ability to focus and work, and could have economic consequences too. This is why it’s so important that we acknowledge the prevalence and growing awareness around Long COVID.” … Read more

    Mandatory vaccinations: Can employees be dismissed for declining a jab?

    On 2 September 2021, it was reported that Discovery, South Africa’s largest medical scheme administrator, will make COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory from the start of 2022. The report notes that the mandatory vaccination policy recognises an employee’s right to object to the vaccination and will include a process to consider the employee’s health, religious and other … Read more

    Whistleblowers: How do we guard the guardians?

    In a letter to fellow South Africans on 30 August 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa described whistle-blowers as “important guardians of our democracy.” The President also said “While numerous systems are in place to enable whistle-blowers to report wrongdoing anonymously, we need to tighten up existing systems and provide greater support to those who publicly come … Read more

    Protect employees against sexual harassment or face the consequences

    Despite a comprehensive legal framework to deal with sexual harassment at work, it continues to run rampant in the workplace.  Businesses cannot turn a blind eye to sexual harassment allegations in the workplace. They need to take proactive steps to protect employees and deal with any alleged instances of sexual harassment. It’s clear that despite … Read more

    What does Climate Change mean for Africa and why should it matter?

    The article was first published by Daily Maverick on 29 July 2021 As nations around the world continue to battle through the COVID-19 era of lock downs and social distancing we are generally inundated with news on the many existential crises that the world currently faces.  The manner in which countries (both individually and collectively) … Read more

    Legal developments in the energy and mining sectors in Francophone Africa

    Our Paris-based partner Mathias Dantin has contributed to the International Energy and Natural Resources Law chapter of The Year in Review 2021, an annual survey of the law from around the world published by the American Bar Association (ABA), by writing on recent legal developments in the energy and mining sectors in each of Algeria, … Read more

    Lexology Getting The Deal Through: Gaming 2021 (South Africa)

    Legal definition of ‘gambling’ What are the legal elements required for an activity to be regarded as gambling? Gambling is regulated in terms of the National Gambling Act, 7 of 2004 (National Gambling Act) and related provincial legislation. The activities regulated in terms of the National Gambling Act are: An activity that involves accepting a … Read more