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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Legal Aid Board, the body created by the Constitution to provide legal support to South Africans in need, now offers quality legal services in both criminal and civil cases via over 40 justice centres across the country.
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