Many issues to consider in new work scenarios

Auditing, advisory and tax services firm PwC recently announced that 40,000 client services employees based in the US would be permitted to work virtually and live in any location in perpetuity. Those in support staff roles such as human resources and legal operations were given the option to work virtually on a full-time basis some … Read more

Africa competition law newsletter

DEVELOPMENTS IN SOUTH AFRICA Burger King South Africa sale back on the table after revised conditions agreed upon New draft guidelines on small merger notification The Tribunal clears Coca-Cola of merger condition breach South African government encourages permitted collaboration to minimise impact of social unrest and strengthen the South African economy Constitutional Court rules on … Read more

Delivering Alternative Excellence

Fresh from scooping the title of Alternative Service Provider of the Year at the recently held African Legal Awards, Vanessa Kingsmill and Naseem Ameer-Mia of Herbert Smith Freehills chatted to Africa Legal’s Tom Pearson about their recipe for success. As a fully integrated and integral part of global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, Alternative Legal … Read more

SA Lawyer recognised globally for driving gender equality, diversity

Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa lawyer, Plaxedes Makura, has been recognised for the fourth consecutive year for her contribution to progressing gender equality and diversity on the HERoes Female Future Leaders list. Makura is a manager in the firm’s Alternative Legal Services (ALT) team, based in its Johannesburg office. Announced in London on 9 September, … Read more


The regional competition authority for the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the COMESA Competition Commission (CCC), imposed its first merger-related fine on 3 September 2021. The fine was imposed in respect of the proposed acquisition by Helios Towers Limited (Helios Towers) of the shares in Madagascar Towers S.A. and Malawi Towers Limited, … Read more

Africa’s journey to COP26: The state of play on the continent’s road to meeting its climate obligations

To what extent have South Africa, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Gambia and Ghana developed and implemented responses to Paris Agreement undertakings? This sample of countries provides some insight into sub-Saharan Africa’s past performance and current policies, and is a starting point for discussion about what the world could and should expect from … 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

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