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Fasken Martineau completes merger with leading South African law firm Bell Dewar
The National Water Amendment Bill (“the Bill”) has been introduced by the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs and is currently before Parliament.
The purpose of the Bill is to amend the National Water Act 36 of 1998 (“NWA”), with a focus on provisions in the NWA relating to prospecting, exploration, mining and production activities and matters related to these activities.
The Minister of Labour published new Construction Regulations on 7 February 2014 (“the Regulations”), which repeal and replace the 2003 Construction Regulations.
The Regulations commenced on the date of publication except for certain provisions predominantly relating to the new construction work permit requirements that only come into operation in 18 months’ time. It means that the Regulations immediately apply to all existing and on-going construction work.
As from 1 April 2014 foreign suppliers of electronic services to South African residents (or where payment for such services originates from a South African bank) will be required to register as South African Vat vendors where such supplies exceed R50 000 within a 12 month period (please see our Tax Bulletin dated 19 December 2013 in this regard).
On 31 January 2014 the Limpopo Naphuno Regional Court handed down judgment against Matome Maponya, the managing director of Blue Platinum Ventures – a mining operation in Tzaneen, Limpopo for failing to comply with the relevant environmental laws. This is the first time the provisions relating to director liability in the National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998 have been enforced in South Africa.