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South Africa: Carbon-Tax Legislation Proposed

(Nov. 9, 2015) On November 2, 2015, the South African National Treasury published for public comment the Draft Carbon Tax Bill, 2015, which seeks to “price carbon by obliging the polluter to internalize the external costs of emitting carbon, and contribute towards addressing the harm caused by such pollution.”  (Press Release, Republic of South Africa […]

South Africa: Regulations Aimed at Stemming Parental Kidnapping Take Effect

(June 8, 2015) On June 1, 2015, South African immigration regulations imposing certain rules on parents and others traveling to or from South Africa that are intended to curb parental kidnapping of small children took effect. (Statement by Home Affairs Director-General, Mkuseli Apleni, at the Media Briefing on New Requirements for Travelling with Children Coming […]

South Africa; Sri Lanka: Cooperation Agreements in Tourism, Zoo Management

(Mar. 2, 2015) Sri Lanka and South Africa concluded two cooperation agreements on February 24, 2015. The agreements are: 1) Draft Declaration of Intent between the National Department of Tourism of the Republic of South Africa and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Tourism and Sports on Cooperation in the Field of Sustainable Tourism Development for […]

South Africa: Proposal to Limit Land Ownership by Citizens and Foreigners

(Feb. 24, 2015) On February 12, 2015, in his 2015 State of the Nation address, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma announced that his government is preparing to propose for parliamentary action the Regulation of Land Holdings Bill. (South Africa’s Zuma Outlines Land Reform Plans, BBC NEWS (Feb. 14, 2015).) Among other objectives, the measure aims […]

South Africa: Child Restraint and Seat Belt Regulations Tightened

(Dec. 2, 2014) On October 31, 2014, South Africa’s Minister of Transportation issued amendments to the National Road Traffic Regulations of 2000, which are made under the National Road Traffic Act of 1996. (Amendment of the National Road Traffic Regulations, § 52, Government Gazette [GG], No. 38142 (Oct. 31, 2014), SOUTH AFRICA GOVERNMENT ONLINE; Correction […]

South Africa: Court Declares Extradition to Death Penalty Jurisdiction Illegal

(Sept. 25, 2014) On September 23, 2014, the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, ruled that the extradition to Botswana of Edwin Samotse, a man sought on murder charges in that country, where he may face the death penalty, was a violation of the South African Constitution and illegal. (High Court Rules Botswana Deportation Illegal, […]

South Africa: Postponed Implementation of Provisions on Parental Kidnapping

(Sept. 22, 2014) On September 16, 2014, South African Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba announced that the implementation of two requirements in the country’s new Immigration Regulations aimed at preventing parental kidnapping will be postponed until June 1, 2015. The requirements had originally been slated for implementation on October 1, 2014. (Statement by the […]

South Africa: Law Designed to Spur Youth Hiring Takes Effect

(Jan. 9, 2014) On January 1, 2014, the Employment Tax Incentive Act No. 26 of 2013 (582 GOVERNMENT GAZETTE (Dec. 18, 2013)), aimed at spurring youth hiring through tax incentives, took effect. (Zuma Signs Youth Wage Subsidy Bill into Law, MAIL & GUARDIAN (Dec. 19, 2013).) The government of South Africa is hoping that this […]

South Africa: Constitutional Court Upholds Mandatory Minimum Sentence Rule for Accomplices in Armed Robberies

(Dec. 31, 2013) On November 28, 2013, the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the court of last resort on all constitutional issues, overturned a decision of the Western Cape High Court and upheld as constitutional a provision in the Criminal Procedure Act No. 51 of 1977 that makes an accomplice to robbery with aggravating circumstances […]

South Africa: Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation Signed into Law

(Aug. 2, 2013) On July 29, 2013, South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, signed into law the country’s first comprehensive legislation on human trafficking, the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill (PCTPB), which, among other goals, seeks to implement South Africa’s international obligations with respect to the problem. (President Jacob Zuma Signs into Law […]