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The South African Constitution: Access a Comprehensive Collection of Journals

The South African Constitution is the supreme law of the country. The Constitutional Court approved it on 4 December 1996, though it only came in effect at the start of February 1997. With no other law being higher or enjoying supremacy above the South African Constitution, it is the epitome of the South African laws.

The South African Constitution forms the legal base for the rights and obligations of the country’s citizens. It, furthermore, gives validity to the Government’s structure and replaced the Interim Constitution of 1993. However, many amendments have been made to the Constitution since its inception in 1997.

Even though at minimum, 17 amendment acts have been applied to make changes to the South African Constitution, these acts do not receive numbers. The Constitution consists of the following chapters, each with its own categories:

  • Chapter 1 covers the founding provisions.
  • Chapter 2 provides details of the Bill of Rights.
  • Chapter 3 covers the relationship of state organs on national, provincial, and local levels.
  • Chapter 4 deals with the parliament as the legislative part of the Government.
  • Chapter 5 addresses the powers of the president and the National Executive structures.
  • Chapter 6 defines the structure and powers of the nine provinces in the country.
  • Chapter 7 addresses the local government framework and roles of municipalities.
  • Chapter 8 defines the judicial system structure.
  • Chapter 9 addresses the institutions to cover democracy, including the state prosecutor office.
  • Chapter 10 addresses the public administration principles.
  • Chapter 11 sets the structures for state security, including civilian control.
  • Chapter 12 covers the rights, roles, and obligations of traditional leaders.
  • Chapter 13 deals with public finance principles, structures, and support.
  • Chapter 14 covers general provisions.

It also contains a set of schedules, such as schedule 1, which describes the country’s flag, and schedule 2 covering the oaths that judges and political office bearers must take. Schedule 7 covers repealed laws.

With it being the highest law of the country, it often forms the focus of law studies and research. Whether you need to do research in preparation for a court case, appeal to the Constitutional Court, or complete a Master’s thesis, you will appreciate the comprehensiveness of our online collection.

The comprehensive collection of publications includes numerous law journal titles and full-text articles. Some examples of relevant journal titles are briefly noted below.

African Journal of Democracy and Governance

Published by the Institute for Democracy, Governance, Peace and Development in Africa, the quarterly peer-reviewed and inter-disciplinary journal contains essays, notes, book reviews, articles, and editorials on the topics of governance, democracy, and peace development on the continent. It provides a platform for discussions, and a repository of high-quality academic work relevant to the development of peace, governance, and democracy. The journal is published in English and French. The title was listed among the journals approved by the Norwegian List of Accredited Journals in October 2017. It is also accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). Our collection includes everything from Volume 1, Issue 1 of 2014 to the present.

Institute for Security Studies Papers

Published by the Institute for Security Studies, the papers are published on an irregular basis and the publication in its original form is now inactive. The papers are available in several other reports, including the Africa Report and South Africa Report. The papers provide a credible platform for research in progress. Our collection includes everything from Issue 1 of February 1996 to the present. Even though the publication is no longer active, it is continued by several reports as mentioned earlier. Use the search facility to find full-text articles in the above and many other journals forming part of the collection for research on the South African Constitution.

The administrative adjudication of road traffic offences (AARTO) bill; understanding its impact on the man on the street

Following the example of several European countries, the much talked about Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Bill was signed into law in South Africa by President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this month. Essentially, the AARTO Bill has become necessary to arrest repeat traffic offenders for offences such as drunk driving or speeding by acting as a deterrent and providing injunction.

Mr Fikile Mbalula, the Minister of Transport, told the Sunday Times that his department is looking to implement tough measures, and that it is only in South Africa that offending road users are allowed to become recurring lawbreakers who never see the inside of a jail. Offenders do not only endanger their own lives, but those of other road users too, and moreover, get away with their crimes by simply paying a fine.

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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.

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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.

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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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