A Closer Look at Sabinet Monitoring Services

Sabinet Monitoring Services

When you want to find something online, you don’t enter URL after URL and read all the content on each site in the hope that you’ll discover what you are looking for. This would be far too time-consuming and not necessarily very effective. Instead, you adopt the digital answer to this process and have a search engine perform this task for you, cutting down your search time to milliseconds. But, if it can be this easy in some areas, why are you still extracting legal information from multiple sources? Sabinet Monitoring Services intend to change the way you find legal information online, cut down your search times drastically, and keep you constantly in the know.

Sabinet Monitoring Services work to compile all the movements in terms of legislation and feed it to you as it happens. It uses up-to-the-minute research on Bills and Draft Bills to notify you of changes before they happen, keeping you always ahead of the curve when it comes to important legislation being passed.

You have the power to decide when you would like to be notified of events, depending on your choice of service, meaning that you could potentially receive real-time updates of important events sourced from Sabinet monitoring articles, press releases, opinion pieces, speeches, and statements.

Who Benefits from Sabinet Monitoring Services?

Our services benefit workers in a great many fields, including the following:

1. People in the Legal Field

Naturally, if you are to offer sound legal advice, you have to keep abreast of the current state of the law through legislation. Our legal monitoring services allow you to just this, taking away the stress of having to obtain your information from multiple sources. With Sabinet, the latest happenings in the legal environment can potentially appear in your email inbox moments after they occur.

2. Legal Reporters and Journalists

It is necessary for those writing about changes in South Africa’s legislation to be privy to those changes as they occur. But, notifications of these changes are not always handed down on a platter. With this in mind, it is far easier to have a constant feed of collated information coming from a reliable source, which is exactly the service offered by our monitoring process.

3. Businesses with Legal Restrictions

If you own a business that operates within stringent legal boundaries, you need to be aware of any changes which may affect the way you run your business. Fortunately, with our service, you can set a filter to only receive information pertinent to your industry.

Sabinet is the Only Source You Need

Our monitoring services extract data from a wide variety of sources and offer it to you in a simple, easy-to-follow medium. This makes us the only source you need in order to keep abreast of legislative progress.

To learn more, or register for our services, please contact us today.

Unlocking the blockchain – An introduction to bitcoin and distributed ledger technology

While not many vendors in South Africa accepts cryptocurrency as a valid payment method, Bitcoin has started taking over the entire world. Bitcoin is an innovative payment network and a new kind of money. Invented by an unknown programmer, or a group of programmers, under the name Satoshi Nakamoto. Published in 2008, and was released as open-source software in 2009.

And although the Rand continuous to weaken, Bitcoin and cryptocurrency is growing fast, with currency values climbing in 2017. Bitcoin enjoyed an increase in price of 63% during the last month and trade volumes almost ten folded on our local exchanges.

In light of this, Sabinet hosted the annual Organisation of South African Law Libraries (OSALL) breakfast workshop in Centurion that focused on this very topical matter and the impact thereof.

Norton Rose Fulbright’ Kerri Crawford and Rakhee Bhikha, based in Johannesburg, shared mind-boggling insights with law librarians and other professionals from the legal industry.

One might be familiar with cryptocurrencies, digital currencies or virtual currencies, but they all mean the same thing. Bitcoins hold many benefits in which they are readily available and the cost of transactions are very low. None of these however are linked to a bank or country.

Bitcoins are preferred by many online patrons, because of its real-time processing, easy accessible and most likely the anonymity factor to it. These days, you can purchase almost anything using bitcoins form coffee to houses, and you can use it in any country.

But the real question everyone is asking is how can something so anonymous and acquired so easily over the internet be legal? Every day we hear about how people are using their hard-earned Rands and buying bitcoins – whether it is for an investment or the thrill of buying internet currency and watching it grow by the day, sometimes even doubling overnight. Fact is Bitcoins are changing the financial industry the same way web changed the publishing industry.

Bitcoins are ‘mined’, using computing power in a distributed network. This network also processes transactions made with the virtual currency, effectively making bitcoin its own payment network.

Only 21 million bitcoins can ever be created by miners. However, these coins can be divided into smaller parts (the smallest divisible amount is one hundred millionth of a bitcoin and is called a ‘Satoshi’, after the founder of bitcoin).

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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