Knowledge Creation through Academic Research

A wise person once said: “Research is creating new knowledge.” A statement that sums up rather nicely the fact that academic research is not the stereotypical domain of people in white lab coats or dusty academics hidden behind piles of old books. Academic research is essential to the development of every sector of society – from medicine to law, from business to technology – no subject can advance without research. Through research, new knowledge can be created and, more importantly, shared. Research benefits communities and economies – it is an essential ingredient of growth and development.

It’s exciting to note that South Africans are pulling their weight in contributing quality research to this ever-expanding global knowledge base. For example, in 2018, at an award ceremony at Unisa, Dr. S Jansen van Rensburg received the 2017 Young Female Doctoral Graduate Award for her research work in law. At the event, Unisa’s Vice -Chancellor Prof. Mandla Makhanya commented that South African universities, including Unisa, were influencing the interpretation of the political and academic dialogue of the present-day world.

A glimpse at last year’s National Research Foundation (NRF) Award winners shows just how South Africa’s finest researchers are ‘advancing knowledge, transforming lives and inspiring a nation.’

To name a few:

The NRF Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Dr. Bernard Fanaroff, Special Adviser and Former Director Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA-SA). Dr. Fanaroff was recognised for his scientific contribution; his role as an anti-apartheid activist and his contribution as a public servant and as the Director of SKA-SA where he led the bid for South Africa to host the design and construction of the Meerkat Telescope.

Prestigious awards were further given to upcoming researchers under the age of 35 deemed set to become future international leaders in their respective fields: Dr Sarah Fawcett, Department of Oceanography, University of Cape Town; Dr. Geoffrey Howarth, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Cape Town; Dr. Gareth Hempson, Ndlovu Node at the South African Environmental Observation Network, and Dr. Alistair Price, Department of Private Law, University of Cape Town. As guardians of African research, Sabinet will continue to drive the support of library processes and the access to reliable research for all.

Get your title deed ASAP before new regulation sets in

Land grabs or land acquisitions are no stranger to South Africans. But it looks like a different cat is out of the hat. The Department of Rural development and Land reform has announced changes to Regulation 68 of the Deeds Registries act. Regulation 68 sets out what process must be followed after an original deed or mortgage bond has been lost or destroyed.

As an homeowner, there are various reasons why you would need a copy of your title deed. It is an important document, proving the owners of said property. If your property is still bonded, the bank is most likely to have a copy of your deed, but if you have freed up your property, you, as the owner would be in possession of this document.

Currently, homeowners can simply make a written application (accompanied with an affidavit) to deed office and get a new one. This is about to change and could have financial implications when trying to sell your property.

The regulation has been amended but it’s not in operation as yet. The implementation of the amendments to regulation 68 have been suspended by the Chief Registrar of Deeds until further notice. We are awaiting the publication of a notice in the Government Gazette. So it’s not all bad news just yet, homeowners still have the opportunity to obtain their title deed, the easy and more cost efficient way, before the new procedure sets in. You can either enquire directly with the deeds office or ask an attorney to assist with acquiring a certified title deed for your property.

When the new regulation sets in, a property owner would need to follow these steps to get a copy of their title deed:

  • Visit the deeds office (deeds registries may not give out information acting on a letter or a telephone call)
  • Submit an affidavit, attested by a notary public (meaning paying an additional fee that was never part of the original cost)

The notice of intention to apply for a certified copy or the cancellation of a lost bond must be published in an ordinary issue of the Government Gazette. Copies of the deed must be left open for inspection in the deeds registry for a period of two weeks after the date of publication of the notice.

For more on Regulation 68 of the Deeds Registries act and other changes in legislation, check out Sabinet’s Legal Information Services. Sabinet is always of the mind that the community surrounding it, is better off when it promotes growth, education and understanding through information. Visit Sabinet Gazettes and Sabinet National Legislation for more information.

Parliamentary Documents For SONA 2017

The State of the Nation Address by the President of South AfricaThe State of the Nation Address by the President of South Africa is certainly among the most important days in the calendar year for any South African citizen. It is where the President of the Republic of South Africa, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma from the African National Congress (ANC) ruling party takes centre stage and outlines what the country and presidency will focus on for the year ahead.

Following numerous parliamentary documents submitted by committee and government officials alike, regarding the business of certain departments, the Presidency aims to create clarity regarding what the nation deems as vitally important going forward.

To make sure you are prepared before watching this or any future SONA, ask yourself the following questions. Read More

How to Access Legal Information on the Go

Legal Information on the Go

The increasing popularity of mobile devices and the rise of cellular data has effectively resulted in mobile business. And, by mobile business, we don’t mean fast food vans and roving dog grooming parlours. Thanks to the global connectivity we are currently experiencing, it is possible to access information from almost anywhere in the world, whenever you need it.  And, thanks to legal information services, the field of law is no exception.

With all the technological advances, the transformation phase might be difficult for some businesses to adapt to. As mentioned, the fact that people can conduct business meetings and broker deals from restaurants, coffee shops, and airport terminals means that the sheer pace of modern business has increased exponentially. Any business that doesn’t adapt to these changes risks being left behind.

Fortunately, legal information systems mean that businesses which need to cross reference legal information on the spot are able to do so. But, how accessible are these legal information services, and how are they utilised?

A Closer Look at Legal Information Services

Over the past 30 years, our commitment to facilitating access to information has seen us flourish from providing purely library support services – central platforms for collaboration and resource sharing among libraries – to offering customised information-centric services for libraries, corporates, small businesses, students, the media and researchers

Our legal information systems encompass a wide range of offerings, including current and historical legislation, citation references, news articles, journals and publications. These documents are widely accessed by a variety of users, both public and private. But, even more remarkable than the scope of this resource is its ease of access.

With regards to the accessibility of the legal documents available from this particular South African legal information platform we would have to say that the term ‘easy’ still doesn’t fully describe it.

Being fully digital, our legal information is never further away than the touch of a screen.  Compliance and law-based decisions don’t need to be put off; they can be researched on the spot, on any computer or mobile device with internet access.

Through Sabinet, a user can access a massive database of various documents on the spot.  And, importantly, this database is broad. Updated frequently, the latest information to be published in the legal field is readily available to users. And, if past precedents are relevant to the search, users can access historical information dating back over a century.

So, if you need to bring ease and speed to your legal referencing, this is the kind of legal information institute you need. Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. To ensure that your business can compete in the fast-paced digital age, contact Sabinet today!

How Does a Bargaining Council Work for Hairdressers, Restaurants, and Clothing Manufacturers?

Bargaining Council

Speaking generally, a bargaining council is an entity formed within specific industries that mediate matters such as labour disputes, the creation of collective agreements, and the establishment of schemes and proposals on policies and laws.

 

But, when we speak less generally, do all bargaining councils work the same way? For example, does the clothing bargaining council or the bargaining council for hairdressing work differently from the bargaining council for the restaurant and catering trade? And, do these bargaining councils work differently from those in other industries?

To answer these questions, let us take a brief look at each one individually:

Clothing Bargaining Council

The council for clothing manufacturing industry details many powers and functions relative to its operation. Among these are the conclusion and enforcement of collective agreements, the establishment of funds for dispute resolution, the establishment of training as well as medial and sick pay schemes, the development of proposals regarding policy and legislation, and so on.

Bargaining Council for Hairdressing

The hairdressing council falls under the National Bargaining Council for the Hairdressing, Cosmetology, Beauty and Skincare industry, the parties of which comprise the union (UASA) and the employers (EOHCB).  This particular council’s objectives promote collective bargaining, reaching collective agreements, and preventing and resolving disputes within the industry. It also deals with wage discrepancies, sick pay, etc.

Bargaining Council for the Restaurant and Catering Trade

The council for the restaurant industry lists its services as the prevention and resolution of labour disputes, the establishment of education and training schemes, reaching collective agreements, the provision of industrial support services, and the establishment and administration of pension, provident, medical aid, sick pay, holiday and unemployment funds, among others.

Some services may differ slightly in semantics, but generally speaking each industry’s bargaining council offers similar services to workers in that industry.

Bargaining Council Pretoria or Bargaining Council Parow?

The physical location of a particular bargaining council doesn’t necessarily affect its ability to help workers in the industry it represents. The bargaining councils detailed above operate on a national basis, meaning that they are prepared to offer assistance to employees of their respective industries nationwide.

So, whether it is a bargaining council Pretoria or a bargaining council Parow, a national bargaining council has the means to offer help to all South African workers in the industry it oversees.

For the specifics on bargaining councils and how they work, be sure to contact Sabinet today!

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, a national bargaining council has the means to offer help to all South African workers in the industry it oversees.

For the specifics on bargaining councils and how they work, be sure to contact Sabinet today!

 

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Stay Up to Date with Sabinet’s Provincial Legislation

Provincial Legislation

Provincial Legislation (Provincial NetLaw) from Sabinet, is a first for South Africa. This innovative concept, which provides users with a platform to access the country’s Provincial Legislation, Principal Acts, Rules and Regulations, is updated daily and contains the latest amendments and versions. Aside from giving users information which is applicable for today, it also provides the original versions of these Acts, Rules and Regulations as they appeared at different periods in history, since 1910.

 

Going back in history

The NetLaw App is not only beneficial for individuals who practice law, but also for students as well. Aside from providing reliable and up to date information on Provincial Legislation, it also allows people to search Sabinet’s extensive archives and go to a specific date or period in history (from 1910), and read up on the different laws which were in place at that time. This is an interesting feature as it allows students to see how certain Acts and Regulations have changed over the years and also view the different amendments which have been made.

 

Stay up to date with the free mobile NetLaw App

The free mobile NetLaw App, which is available for iPhones, allows you to easily access important information whenever you may need it. It also offers a range of other benefits as well, including:

  • Users can personalise any content which they receive notifications about. This will make it easy for users to group information according to topic or client.
  • The ability to use the app at any time, even when you are offline.
  • Users will receive regular updates on information pertaining to the legislation.
  • Sabinet users can add notes to different sections. This will make it easier for individuals to refer to specific information or details at a later date.
  • Users will be able to directly share any content with others.

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NetLaw and the Legislation in South Africa

legislation in South Africa

The legislation in South Africa is aimed at maintaining a complete body of law that is well structured and fair. Legislation is important as it sets the standards which are applied for governing people within the public and private sectors of the country. Legislation Acts, which are also known as statutory law, are laws which have been implemented by a governing body.

 

Types of Legislation

In order to have a complete body of law, it is necessary to focus on all areas of the law. As such, the South African Legislation Acts cover all areas, ranging from employment and consumer protection to maritime and heritage resources.

Other South African Acts cover resources such as national water as well as mineral and petroleum resources, ensuring the proper protection and management of those resources.  Similarly, they ensure that occupational health and safety as well as mine safety are given the proper amount of attention on a national basis.

Yet it is the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act of 1996 that acts as a precedent.  All the types of legislation in South Africa must be arbitrated against the Constitution Act of 1996 and, if necessary, amended accordingly. The Constitution set the bar for positive progress under a new government, and is thus a foundation for newer Acts and amendments.

 

Why NetLaw Is So Important

With Legislation Acts covering deeds registries, alienation of land, copyright, fencing, advertising on roads, mining titles, spatial data infrastructure, and much more, accessing all the Acts can become tiresome and logistically difficult. However, there is a way to gain instant access to an up-to-date database of legislation through NetLaw.

But not only does NetLaw allow you to access the latest legislation and amendments, it also gives you access to historical legislation dating back to 1910. Furthermore, searching for specific pieces of legislation has never been easier since NetLaw provides alphabetical and chronological lists of Acts.

South African legislation is broad and rich as a result of its history, which can make it overwhelming. But, thanks to NetLaw, it is easily accessible and easy to sort through.

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