South African Legislation is Not Always Easy to Navigate

south african legislation

South African Legislation is not always easy to navigate. Not only is South Africa working with a hybrid legal system originating from a mix of Dutch and British legal systems, but it also takes into account indigenous customary laws. In addition, we have a Constitution that sets the rules of how the current government works. To make matters even more complicated, there are different spheres of government that make laws, the National, Provincial and Local Government. Read More

Sabinet Provides Support for small Law Firms and Tertiary Institutions in South Africa

Exorbitant operating costs are one of the biggest barriers in starting a small or medium enterprise in South Africa today. Many law firms and tertiary institutions in South Africa have felt this financial pressure, it is impossible for businesses and institutions everywhere to ignore these economic times

Sabinet has been facilitating access to information for more than 30 years. Since 2005, 21 tertiary institutions have been receiving free access to Sabinet’s South African Legislation product (NetLaw) and in 2011, 287 small, less advantaged South African law firms received the same. To date, this sponsorship amounts to nearly R9, 2 million.

“Access to information is our core business“ says Sabinet Managing Director, Rosalind Hattingh, “but more importantly, we understand that costs and reliability can be big factors when choosing a service provider and as an information provider we assure timeous and accurate information to law firms and tertiary institutions in South Africa.” Sabinet, as a company that cares for its community and its people believes that this initiative will contribute to the development and education of South Africans on how to use online legal resources as a simple, valuable and credible source. This initiative, funded by Sabinet, was designed to assist tertiary libraries and small law firms not only with legal information but also to uplift and support legal professionals or prospective law students.

Sabinet’s South African Legislation product (NetLaw) offers updated and consolidated South African principal Acts, Rules and Regulations from 1910 to date. All amendments as published in the Government Gazette are updated as soon as possible. Only the latest version of the Act currently in force is made available to eliminate any potential confusion.

To ensure easy access to the Acts and its Amendments, full-text copies with references are available in HTML format and Amendments in PDF format for easy printing and emailing. Sabinet also offers support to users on how to do searches and use the system effectively.

Finding Legislation is as easy as 1… 2… 3…!

More than 30 years ago Sabinet was formed and today we facilitate access to information for libraries across the globe. The aim of our service is to provide updated and accurate content so our clients can have easy-access to the information they need, when they need it. In order to enhance user experience, Sabinet needed to come up with a way to simplify searches, and who better to ask than the people who actually use our products?

Sabinet prides itself on the speedy addition of the latest information and Legislation which is why our products are updated within five days of receiving the amendment notices. Our legislation service covers everything on the latest Acts and Regulations as well as Ordinances from municipal level up to national level that are currently enforced in the country.

Our Legal Products offer the following to our clients

  • Legislation services are uniformed, our clients can effortlessly find info by simply filling in the electronic form and filtering searches. Also provided is a menu option and indexes.
  • Our Legislation services link together so users can navigate between different pieces of Legislation.
  • Our Legislation services also link applicable notices such as draft or amendment notices in the Provincial/Government Gazettes.
  • The latest amendments are highlighted to make it simple for clients to see the latest changes made to an Act.
  • A historical view of all amendments to Legislation is also available.
  • Weekly Newsletters with relevant links for all Legislation products keep our clients well informed of all the changes to the latest Legislations, our clients can also view the What’s New” Tab for any changes in Legislations. The Menu tabs makes finding any Legislation seamless.

Sabinet offers a central place where all legal products are kept. You can refer to any of South Africa’s National Legislations via the linked indexes, as well as search across a specific Act and Regulations effortlessly. Court Forms applicable to various courts are also available and everything is linked. National Acts can be searched for either alphabetically or chronologically according to province.

Provincial Legislation is Sabinet’s latest offering, as with all our products we try to integrate indexes and updated information with a historical view of all changes and amendments to these pieces of Legislation, to make it less complicated for you. Sabinet is the only company to offer a graphical timeline of each Act that shows the changes in each year as well as links to the different versions published.  Provincial Legislation can be found either by searching for them in chronological order or alphabetically per province. Provincial Legislation is available in downloadable PDF versions.

Our Municipal By-laws, offer clients an endless pool of information available at their fingertips. Clients can obtain any information regarding a specific Municipality from the Sabinet’s Legal Product. The Index ensures smooth searches, disestablished or name changes in the local municipalities are not an issue as it will reflect both the old and the new names.  Our clients can now get a list of all the By-laws applicable for each municipality as well as a list of which of these bodies have been shut down. Indexes are designed to either search per municipality alphabetically or municipalities per province.

Please feel free to contact Sabinet or drop us a mail for more information!

Addition of proposed amendments to Legislation on the Sabinet Legislation Product (NetLaw)

Sabinet is happy to announce that any proposed amendments to a specific piece of legislation will be made available on its South African Legislation Product (Netlaw). As from 1 April 2014 you will start to notice that any proposed amendments to a piece of Legislation will reflect under that specific Section of an Act and will display as follows:

NetLaw

Please note that this new addition will not apply retrospectively and will only reflect on the Legislation as and when any new Amendment Acts are published from 1 April 2014 onwards.

When using Sabinet’s Legislation product it is important to note that it remains the responsibility of users to ensure that at all times they are referring to the Sections of an Act which are in force and currently applicable and not the proposed amendments not yet in force.

Press Release: Sabinet offers free access to legislation to small law firms

1 November 2011
Sabinet Online Ltd, an information company facilitating access to information for more than 28 years, announced that as from 1 November 2011, the company will offer free access to South African legislation to small law firms in conjunction with the profession’s Law Library (formerly KwaZulu-Natal Law Society Library: www.lawlibrary.co.za). These small law firms will have to meet certain criteria to be able to qualify for this offer of one year’s free access to Sabinet’s NetLaw product.

Sabinet has been in discussions with the Law Library on how to assist small law firms who do not have the means to afford access to online legislation. Rosalind Hattingh, managing director of Sabinet said: “Our company is pleased to be in a position to offer easy and quick access to consolidated, updated online legislation to smaller law firms.

The offer will be available to qualifying law firms from 1 November 2011 to 31 October 2012. The criteria for a law firm to qualify for this offer are:
– the law firm must be comprised of three (3) or fewer practising attorneys;
– their fidelity fund certificates and annual law society subscriptions must be up to date and paid in full;
– the law firm must already have internet connectivity to be able to make use of this online legislation product.

Additionally, the law firm must sign a service agreement and accept Sabinet’s terms and conditions.

Gavin McLachlan, Chairperson of the KZN Law Society Library Committee said: “I am looking forward to the implementation of this initiative which will certainly benefit our less advantaged members. We also look forward to working on future information access projects that we have discussed with Sabinet, which is a valued information partner of our Library.

More about Sabinet:
Established in 1983, Sabinet is today a leader in facilitating access to electronic information. Over the past 28 years, the company has grown extensively to provide a wide range of products and services to diverse markets. Its product range includes legal products and services, library products and services, library management systems, electronic publications, content management services and digitisation services. Please visit: www.sabinet.co.za for more information, alternatively contact info@sabinet.co.za or 012 6439500.

News from NetLaw

Our SA Legislation product, NetLaw, has been expanded to contain all principal acts and regulations from 1910 to the present. It now includes 828 updated principal acts, rules and regulations.

 Well done to our production team with this achievement!