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UN peace role for South African Nicholas "Fink’ Haysom

UN peace role for South African Nicholas “Fink’ Haysom

South African Nicholas "Fink' Haysom brings plenty of conflict resolution experience to his new job as chief of UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. But challenges lie ahead, including brokering peace between the new government and the Taliban.
Free legal services for the poor

New body to regulate SA’s legal practitioners

Legislation that allows for the establishment of the South African Legal Practice Council ​has been passed by President Jacob Zuma. The council aims to protect and inform the public, while also ensuring a transformed and independent legal profession.
You & your rights

You & your rights

What are your rights? Have they been violated? What can you do if they have? Our directory covers human, gender and language rights, workplace rights, landlord/tenant rights, and your rights in relation to the police and the government.

Top-class investment expertise

There's a wealth of world-class expertise to help an investor establish a business in South Africa. Legal, management, banking and accounting firms are supported by chambers of commerce, embassies and government offices.

The Pistorius case and South Africa’s legal system

There has been huge media interest, local and international, in the case around Paralympian Oscar Pistorius. There has also been some puzzlement about South Africa's legal system - including the absence of trial by jury, and the difference between so-called schedule 5 and schedule 6 crimes. Here's a quick clarification.
Free legal advice line for the vulnerable

Free legal advice line for the vulnerable

Legal Aid South Africa has launched the Legal Aid Advice Line - 0860 LEGAL 8 (0860 534 258) - a call centre aimed at giving free legal advice on civil matters to poorer South Africans.

Ghana’s world first in legal timber

New laws should be in place in Europe by the end of 2010 obliging timber importers to ensure the wood they buy has been legally produced – and Ghana will become the first exporting country to be able to offer such a guarantee.
First for African forest stewards

SA reinstates legal deposit

SA reinstates legal deposit

South Africa has reconstituted its legal deposit committee and designated two places of legal deposit in order to collect and preserve the country's published documents comprehensively and systematically.
A toast to software freedom

A toast to software freedom

Getting your hands on free - and legal - software is now as easy as toast. Thanks to the Shuttleworth Foundation, free open source software is available at centres throughout South Africa via a remarkable device known as the Freedom Toaster, an innovative self-contained "bring 'n burn" facility.
Rooibos now on everyone's lips

Rooibos now on everyone’s lips

After 10 years and over R6-million in legal fees, Rooibos Ltd has won the battle over ownership of the generic term "rooibos". The name of the tea, an everyday word in South Africa, was registered as a trademark by a US company in 1994.

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