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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Consolidated National Legislation and Its Internet Future

National Legislation

Though the phrase ‘information superhighway’ was coined decades ago, it is still a relevant and very accurate description of the Internet. With the number of connected users skyrocketing, the Internet has become the first place people go in order to find information.  This is important for the legal sector not only because it makes it easy for legal practitioners to access consolidated national legislation, but also because it is the first point of reference for people seeking legal services.


In the past people may have simply based their searches for legal services on the proximity of the offices or a friend’s referral, and simply hoped that the fees were in line with their budget. Nowadays, however, online users are more informed, and use the Internet to help them find the best services for their requirements.


The Internet has Changed Everything

Rory MccGwire, the brain behind the Donuts website group, understands that the Internet has changed the way in which consumers contact businesses. And, importantly, he believes that this will soon radically affect the way in which users access the law.


MccGwire believes that since consumers are now tending to make more informed choices, they will soon be extremely specific in the type of law firms they choose to contact. They will first inform themselves as to the specifics of their needs and gain some background knowledge on the section of the law they are to access, and then base their decisions regarding law practitioners on their understanding of their needs.  They will, of course, also base their decision on their budgets and whether their desired law firms can operate within those constraints.


What This Means for Legal Practitioners

The fact that consumers are now, and will continue to be more informed as to their legal requirements means that legal practitioners need to devote more effort to their online resources. This means more than just marketing themselves through digital channels, although this is a good start. To truly have an impact in an increasingly digital world, legal practitioners need to show consumers that their resources are as abundant as the wealth of information available online.


Consolidated National Legislation via NetLaw

Sabinet’s NetLaw helps law practitioners move parts of their services online. Or, if they are exclusively Internet-based, it allows them to conduct all of their research and preparation through one online channel.

With a host of benefits, a convenient mobile app, and a wealth of resources and historical documentation, NetLaw is the perfect way for law practitioners to meet the higher demands of informed net users.

For information on how to access this world of digital resources, contact Sabinet today.

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Understanding the Benefits of SA National Legislation (NetLaw)


In today’s modern and digital age, you can find information on just about any topic by simply searching the Internet. There are also various online platforms being designed on a daily basis to keep users in touch with the latest developments in the world around them. Sabinet is staying ahead with all these technological advances and have introduced the free Mobile NetLaw App to subscribers, making it easy and convenient for users to stay up to date with the national legislation which is currently in place.

Updated legislation information at your fingertips

NetLaw contains updated and consolidated information pertaining to South African Principal Acts, Rules and Regulations, dating back to 1910. With daily updates on new legislation or amendments, NetLaw provides users with any relevant information they may require. You also have the advantage of being able to easily email, print or download complete and unabridged versions of Acts, Amended Acts as well as Rules and Regulations.

Seven benefits of South African Legislation (Netlaw)

  • Users will receive newsletters on a weekly basis which will include information on principal Acts, any new amendments and drafts for people to comment on.
  • Documents are clearly listed and the Amendments are neatly marked, making it easy for users to spot the latest updates and changes.
  • Acts which are in force are listed in an alphabetical and chronological order.
  • It is easy for online users to access any Court Forms which are published in the Gazette.
  • Complete and unabridged text regulations as well as draft regulations are easily accessible.
  • The app offers cross-linking between relevant sections of different Acts. Not only will this save you time, it will make cross-referencing simpler and quicker.

By downloading the NetLaw app, you will not only have a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips, but you will also be able to access legislative information whenever you may require it.

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Understand How the Labour Relations Act Affects You in the Workplace

Judge’s hammer next to law books

The end of the year is fast approaching and many students are preparing to enter the workplace at the start of 2017.
However, before starting any job, young adults should first understand the importance of the labour relations act and how it affects them.

Starting a new job, especially if it is your first, can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. And, while it is vital that you read your employment contract carefully and know what is expected of you in your new position, it is equally imperative that you understand the purpose of labour relations act and know your basic employment rights as well.
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