No More.

Violence against women and children has become an international concern for many. We hear more and more stories from the victims of women and child abuse and it has become evident that South Africans are taking a stand.

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign  started in 1991 and continues to this day as a United Nations campaign which takes place annually from 25 November (International Day of No Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). 

That is why it is so prevalent in today’s society that the Prescription in Civil and Criminal Matters (Sexual Offences) Amendment Bill has been tabled in parliament. The Bill provides for the prosecution of people who have committed sexual offences, irrespective of when these offences were committed.

The bill aims to:

  • Amend the Prescription Act, 1969, so as to extend the list of sexual offences in respect of which prescription does not commence to run under certain circumstances regarding a debt that is based on the alleged commission of any of those sexual offences; 
  • amend the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977, so as to extend the list of sexual offences in respect of which a prosecution may be instituted after a period of 20 years has lapsed since the date of the alleged commission of the sexual offence; and
  • provide for matters connected therewith. Sexual offences include rape, indecent assault, incest, child pornography and commercial sexual exploitation of children.

The Bill provides for the prosecution of people who have committed sexual offences, irrespective of when these offences were committed.

Cabinet added that the “proposed amendments will provide the National Prosecution Authority with a wider discretion to institute the prosecution of sexual offences cases that were committed even 20 years earlier”.

The portfolio committee on justice and correctional services will process the bill.

For more information this bill and other legislation, visit https://legal.sabinet.co.za – your direct and convenient access to the laws that govern South Africa.

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The value of the research emanating from Southern Africa

After the largest gathering of Africanist scholars in the world took place in November (the 63rd Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association attended by about 2000 scholars and professionals), it’s the perfect time to reflect on the richness of research that comes out of Southern Africa. Especially when much of that research addresses two of the UN’s sustainable development goals that are so critical in Africa – good health and wellbeing, and quality education.

Here are just a few examples.

Pioneering work in middle-ear transplants 

Professor Mashudu Tshifularo and his team at the University of Pretoria (UP) Faculty of Health Sciences have pioneered world’s first middle-ear transplant using 3D-printed bones. 

After studying conductive hearing loss for 10 years, Prof. Tshifularo more recently looked to 3D technologies to provide a solution to scan and rebuild damaged areas of the ear that include some of the smallest bones in the human body.

His work may well provide the answer to conductive hearing loss, a middle ear problem caused by congenital birth defects, infection, trauma or metabolic diseases, that up until now was considered to be permanent. By adopting new technology and adapting it to a previously unsolvable problem, Prof. Tshifularo is bringing hope to people across the globe – not just in Africa.

Research proves scaled-up ART use controls TB

Scientists from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation & Sequencing Platform (KRISP) and the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) have used data from one of the world’s largest longitudinal population health surveillance systems to investigate tuberculosis (TB) in a high-HIV-prevalence, rural, South African community and to quantify the impact of community-ART-coverage scale-up on recently diagnosed TB cases.

Proving that scaling up antiretroviral therapy coverage will reduce cases of TB, this study provides key information that will guide policymakers on the scale-up of ART in HIV hyperendemic sub-Saharan African communities. This will, ultimately, aid in the control of TB – the world’s most deadly infectious disease. 

Groundbreaking research in teaching and learning

​Dr Valentin Uwizeyimana, the first student from Rwanda in the Graduate School of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University, conducted groundbreaking research on using mobile technologies in foreign-language learning.

His research is importance, not only because it promotes the use of devices and applications that are already popular in Africa for English language learning, but also because the learning model he has developed can be applied to different languages and countries around the world.

Dr Uwizeyimana’s research made use of a multitude of apps with the purpose of improving the language learners’ overall proficiency – all without the direct involvement of language teachers. This research will offer a solution to the challenge that learners face when the target language is a foreign language, or a language not really spoken in their communities.

Access to valuable research

For over 3 decades, Sabinet has collected and disseminated quality Southern African information to researchers and scholars across the globe. This has enabled researchers, like these singled out above, to access the information necessary to drive their inspired thinking and to give the world access to their inspired work.

Sabinet African Journals is home to over 500 African electronic journals, from 217 African publishers and includes subject collections on medicine and health, education, business and finance, labour, law, religion, science and technology, and agriculture. Visit www.journals.co.za for more information. 

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SA NEWS REFLECTS AN INSPIRING HISTORY

At a time when views of doom and gloom seem to permeate everything we read, we would do well to reflect on the rich history of Africa and the previous challenges that have been overcome. Old newspapers may not seem like the obvious place to start when delving into a country’s history, but in fact they are a treasure trove of colourful information and an exciting archival source for any historian or researcher. 

From politics to business to sport, looking back at some of the headlines that captured the attention of the continent it is inspiring to see that strength and positive change can be born out of adversity. 

SA, India mark 125th anniversary of Gandhi train incident

The Citizen, 8 June 2018

“On 7 June 1893, a young Mahatma Gandhi was forcibly removed from the first class, whites-only carriage of a train in Pietermaritzburg … the event initiated his contemplation of racial discrimination and represented the beginning of his philosophy of Satyagraha (truth-force) and Ahimsa. This philosophy became one of the greatest political drivers of the twentieth century, influencing the civil rights movement in the United States and the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa.”

World welcomes FW’s major step forward 

The Star, 3 February 1990

The headline the day after then-President FW de Klerk’s historic announcement of the lifting of the State of Emergency, the unbanning of liberation movements such as the ANC and the imminent release of political prisoners, set the tone for an era of positive change. He is quoted as saying, “This is where I stand: deeply aware of our responsibility, humble in the face of the tremendous challenge, determined to go forward in faith and conviction.’’

World hails our Boks 

The Cape Argus, 24 June 1995

The country was united as the Springboks won their first Rugby World Cup on June 24, 1995. Nelson Mandela presented the William Webb Ellis Cup to Francois Pienaar at Ellis Park and was able to use the 1995 Rugby World Cup as an instrument to help promote nation building just one year after South Africa’s historic first democratic election.

These are just a few of the over 4.5 million headlines available through Sabinet’s South African Online News Research service that allow researchers the unique opportunity to discover the intricacy of South Africa’s past and present as reflected in its newspapers. Sabinet’s news resource, SA News, is a living archive of invaluable insights from 1977 to present day.

For more information about this service contact info@sabinet.co.za

New rules from Home Affairs on Unabridged Birth Certificates

As we approach the festive season, many South Africans might be hosting family and friends from other countries. The home affairs department confirmed in a statement that the home affairs minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has signed the waiver that allows foreign children to enter South Africa without unabridged birth certificates.

Foreign children can now enter the country without carrying additional supporting documents such as birth certificates and consent letters. The waiver has been in place since 8 November 2019.

According to the department, the adjustments have been communicated to immigration officials at ports of entry and to the airline and maritime industries.

However, South African children and unaccompanied foreign children, must still provide supporting documents and travel with an unabridged birth certificate. 

“Foreign children who require a visa for South Africa do not need to carry the supporting documents for inspection at a port of entry since these would be processed together with their visa applications.”

Meanwhile, in a statement, the tourism department has “welcomed the scrapping of unabridged birth certificates, a positive development ahead of the festive season as this could spurn much needed growth in the Tourism sector”. 

The tourism minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, declared that the removal of the requirement for unabridged birth certificates “is a win for tourism and an upside for industry and travellers alike as this has been a real concern raised throughout my engagements with various stakeholders. This announcement couldn’t have come at a better time than now as we approach the festive season”.

For more information on this legislation and other legislation visit https://legal.sabinet.co.za – your direct and convenient access to the laws that govern South Africa. 

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How to Access South African Labour Law Journals Online

Whether you are a student, lecturer, attorney, or researcher, our collection of journal titles and publications in the field of South African labour law is impressive by any standard.

The online platform provides access to a range of full-text trade and scholarly journals and publications that are highly relevant to South African labour law consultants. The related fields covered include, but are not limited to, human rights and business law.

Our collection contains over 430 titles and more than 350 000 full-text articles from highly credible sources. The focus is on content generated in Africa and/or relevant to the African continent.

A closer look at one of the journal titles in the collection will help you gain an understanding of the usefulness of this research platform.

South African Journal of Labour Relations

This is an annual publication with a distinct academic focus specifically suited for academic research. It contains analysis-based articles, in addition to commentaries, a range of case studies, and results of relevant surveys. It also includes a full spectrum of reports about employment relations relevant to Africa. Various international theories and developments also come under the spotlight. The publication is no longer active under the original title. Published by UNISA, it continues as the South African Journal of Employee Relations.

Using the standard or advanced search facility, you can access results for article titles published in magazines and journals, not necessarily forming part of the labour law collection, but still relevant to the subject field. This also applies to reports and other publications. Some examples are briefly noted below.

  • Employee assistance programmes: employee wellness as published in the Human Capital Management, Volume 2005, Issue 3, 2005/2006 on p.185. The extract from Chapter 11 provides insight regarding the meaning of employee assistance programmes as related to employee wellness.
  • Another example of a title relevant to the field of South African labour law is that of Employee Benefits: FAQs – employee benefits, published in MoneyMarketing, Volume 2018 Number 3, March 2018 on p. 18.
  • A third example is the article titled Dismissed Employee Challenges Dismissal – labour law by Brian van Zyl, published in HR Future, Volume 2018 Number 3, March 2018 on p. 40 to 45. The author argues that a dismissed worker has the right to challenge the employment termination if the employer has failed to keep to the contractual obligations as an alternative or in addition to any claim that such dismissal also constitutes an unfair dismissal in terms of the Labour Relations Act.

Our platform makes it easy to export citations as plain text and in formats suitable for BibT_X, Endnote, Zotero, and RefWorks, as well as Mendeley. You can add specific article or publication titles to your favourites, in addition to creating publication alerts once signed in. The advanced search option includes usage of the Boolean logic to achieve highly accurate search results.

We offer access to our comprehensive collection in the following ways:

  • Subscribed content
  • Open access
  • Pay-per-view

All users have access to the metadata of the content on our platform. Subscription is required to gain online access to the full-text articles and the subscription-based journals.

Content in the open-access part of the collection is marked as OA. Under open access, we offer golden-, green-, and article-level access options to content in the collection.

The pay-per-view option provides you with immediate article access if you are not a subscriber to the subscription-based journal in which the article appears. The article is also downloadable in PDF format. You thus purchase the article for offline use as well.

Join thousands of researchers, students, and legal professionals in using the most comprehensive online collection of African journal titles. Sign up to create your profile and set up alerts for publications relevant to South African labour law.

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Why You Need Access to a South African Law Collection

As a lecturer, it is essential to provide students with relevant case studies. Such case studies are equally important should you be an academic researcher. Credible sources are needed for literature studies, whilst case law is essential should you be an attorney preparing for a court case. Access to Sabinet Law collection journals – most comprehensive online collection of South African law publications makes it easier to conduct research, prepare for court proceedings, and obtain material for lecturing.

Our online platform includes over 430 journal titles and as many as 350 000 plus full-text articles from peer-reviewed, accredited, and trusted publications. It is available 24/7. It is exceptionally well-indexed by information specialists. This makes the database highly searchable, even when using the standard search facility.

The easy-to-navigate layout, furthermore, helps to quickly get to titles within a specific subject field, such as South African law. To this end, you will appreciate the comprehensiveness of the collection. Titles such as the ones briefly introduced below form part of the ever-growing collection.

Article 19

This bi-annual publication covers issues related to corporal punishment as a form of disciplining children. It investigates alternative methods of disciplining in favour of the abolition of corporal punishment. The focus is on positive forms of discipline. The journal is published by the Children’s Rights Project at the Community Law Centre and is relevant to the South African context. Note that the journal is no longer active, but we provide access to the full-text articles published in it from Vol 1 Issue 1 June 2005 to Vol 5 Issue 2 Dec 2009.

Business Tax and Company Law Quarterly

If you are a tax practitioner or attorney, you will most probably be familiar with this journal title. Our collection includes titles from Volume 1 issue 1 to the present. The focus is on practical guidance and expert opinions directly related to South African tax as relevant to the corporations in the country. The journal is highly credible, being that it is edited by three of the top corporate and tax consultants in the country.

The Constitutional Court Review (CCR)

The annual double-blind peer-reviewed international journal, published by NISC (Pty) Ltd, follows the proceedings and work of the South African Constitutional Court. It has Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) accreditation. Our collection includes everything from 2008 until the present.

African Human Rights Law Journal

The bi-annual, peer-edited journal covers human rights-related topics as relevant to South Africa and the rest of the continent. The articles range from titles covering the death penalty to topics such as child rights and corruption. The journal, published by the Pretoria University Law Press, has accreditation from SciElo SA, The International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS), and DHET. Our collection includes everything from Vol 3 issue 1, 2003 to the present.

De Jure

The general scope of the journal falls on South African law topics. It is a bi-annual publication published by the University of Pretoria with accreditation from SciElo SA and DHET. Our collection includes everything from Volume 44, issue 1, 2011 to the present.

Journal of Estate Planning Law

Published by the University of the Free State, this annual journal covers all aspects related to estate planning, including wills. Even though it is no longer active, our collection includes everything from Volume 1, 2004-2005 to Issue 1 2006.

Law, Democracy, & Development

The journal, published by the University of the Western Cape, is a bi-annual publication with SciElo SA and DHET accreditation. The content is relevant to legal practitioners, students, social scientists, and academics. Our collection includes every issue from Volume 4 Issue 1, 2000 to the present.

Obiter

The Faculty of Law at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is a DHET accredited journal that contains discussions on topical issues. Our collection includes everything from Volume 26 Issue 1 2005 to the current issues. It is well-worth accessing online if you are conducting legal research relevant to the South African context.

South African Journal of Bioethics and Law

This bi-annual journal is relevant to medical practitioners, scientists, and attorneys specialising in the field of bioethics. The Health and Medical Publishing Group is the publisher. Our collection includes all the issues from Volume 1 issue 1 to the present.

We provide you with a range of access options, including open-access, subscription, and free-user access with pay-per-view options. Use the search facility to locate more titles relevant to South African law.