South Africa

South Africa: Improved Trade Facilitation Measures Announced

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The South Africa Revenue Service has published a Notice clarifying the customs declaration process under section 64D of the Customs and Excise Act. The Notice outlines the conditions under which bonded goods must be imported into South Africa. Prenisha Govender, Associate in the Tax Practice at Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg, provides the key points.

South Africa: Is the Tax Deduction for Home Expenses Fair in its Application in...

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The COVID-19 national lockdown has resulted in more employees having to work from home, a situation that could result in an indefinite arrangement for some. However, in terms of the Income Tax Act, employees must meet certain conditions to be able to claim a tax deduction for home office expenses. Prenisha Govender, Associate in the Tax Practice at Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg, assesses the fairness of these stipulations, considering changes due to the pandemic.

South Africa: Limited Duration Employment Contracts – Unlimited hassles when not properly managed

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The Labour Appeal Court in South Africa recently confirmed some of the principles inherent in limited duration contracts, which are used by employers to create certainty and limit legal risk in respect of staffing solutions. Johan Botes, Partner and Head of Employment at Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg, outlines the details and how the risks can be effectively managed by employers.

International: COVID-19 – Gender-responsive budgeting as a response to widening gender inequality

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Keketso Kgomosotho, Candidate Attorney in Johannesburg, writes about gender responsive budgeting and how it can be used to make meaningful improvements to gender inequality in the workplace. 

Africa: The first deal under AfCFTA gets under way as negotiators adapt to new...

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In brief The African Union announced in August 2020 that negotiations around the first commercial trade deal under the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement...

South Africa: Extension to Deferment Periods on Excise Duty Payments

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In brief The National Treasury in South Africa has implemented a deferment of excise duties in respect of payments, for excise compliant businesses in the...

South Africa: Disempowering women – the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on women in the...

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Johan Botes, Partner and Head of the Employment and Compensation Practice at Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg explains how the long-term effects of the pandemic are having a significant impact on women, with severe implications for gender equality that must be urgently addressed.  He notes, however, that, as was evident after World War II, elements of the global labor force could be forever changed for the better by COVID-19.

South Africa: Necessary Changes to Violence and Harassment in the World of Work

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The Draft Code of Good Practice on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work (Draft Code) was recently published for public comment in South Africa. Tiisetso Rabolao, Associate and Kirsty Gibson, Candidate Attorney, in the Employment and Compensation Practice in Johannesburg, outline the details of the new Draft Code.

Africa: The first deal under AfCFTA gets under way as negotiators adapt to new...

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The African Union announced in August 2020 that negotiations around the first commercial trade deal under the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) would be finalized by January 2021, and that negotiations would take place via a new African Virtual Trade-Diplomacy Platform. Virusha Subban, Partner specializing in Customs and Trade at Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg discusses these latest developments and a likely focus on the trade in services.

South Africa: Extension to Deferment Periods on Excise Duty Payments

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The National Treasury in South Africa has implemented a deferment of excise duties in respect of payments, for excise compliant businesses in the tobacco and alcohol industries. This is due to the detrimental effect of lockdown restrictions on the sale of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. Virusha Subban, Partner and Head of Tax, and Prenisha Govender, Associate in the Tax Practice at Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg, outline the key details of these deferrals.
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