Food security in Africa depends on rethinking outdated water law
Food security in Africa depends on rethinking outdated water law

A new study has found that outdated, colonial-era water permit systems across Africa are unintentionally criminalising millions of small farmers who can't obtain permits...

By Barbara van Koppen 14 Nov 2018

#FairnessFirst: Why investigative journalism and media freedom matters
#FairnessFirst: Why investigative journalism and media freedom matters

It's becoming harder than ever to 'kill the story' in these technologically advanced times...

By Leigh Andrews 12 Nov 2018

What Nestlé's attempt to trademark the shape of a KitKat teaches us about design
What Nestlé's attempt to trademark the shape of a KitKat teaches us about design

For many people there is something irresistible about chocolate. But in the hungry rush to make it part of our bodies there is a missed opportunity to meditate on different gestural experiences...

By Tom Lee and Stefan Lie 2 Nov 2018

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African Legal Support Facility launches new certification programme

The African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) has created a flagship initiative called ALSF Academy Project, which is a three-level capacity building and certification programme...

22 Oct 2018

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Why Botswana is no longer a safe haven for elephants

Early last week, global news outlets reported that 90 carcasses of illegally killed elephants had been found around a famous wildlife sanctuary - the Okavango Delta - in Botswana...

By Ross Harvey 10 Sep 2018

Compliance lawyers are in demand in Africa
Compliance lawyers are in demand in Africa

Regulators around the world are increasing their focus on compliance issues and this has given rise to a substantial increase in demand for lawyers who specialise in this field...

6 Jun 2018

#AfricaMonth: Beware - Africa's brand growth comes with counterfeiting challenges
#AfricaMonth: Beware - Africa's brand growth comes with counterfeiting challenges

Africa is an ideal market for brand holders and counterfeiters as growth in brand investment creates demand...

By Vanessa Ferguson 25 May 2018

Where will GDPR and PoPIA leave digital marketing?
Where will GDPR and PoPIA leave digital marketing?

GDPR and PoPIA are set to dramatically change the way South African organisations do business - especially how personal data is handled and stored...

By Elizabeth de Stadler 23 May 2018

Brand investment rises in East Africa
Brand investment rises in East Africa

The East African IP landscape has shifted fundamentally, says Bowmans regional IP head...

21 May 2018

Nations in new push to boost intra-Africa trade
Nations in new push to boost intra-Africa trade

The AfCFTA's potential as a tool for driving industrialisation, economic diversification and development was highlighted at the start of the UN Economic Commission for Africa's Conference of Ministers...

By Benjamin Ouma 15 May 2018

Africa's new free trade area - streamlining trade and infrastructure development
Africa's new free trade area - streamlining trade and infrastructure development

Increasing intra-African trade is essential for the growth and development of the continent and so the recent signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), set to be the first continent-wide African trade agreement, is good news...

By Kieran Whyte and Jen Stolp 8 May 2018

Staggering amount of e-waste illegally reaches Nigeria inside used cars
Staggering amount of e-waste illegally reaches Nigeria inside used cars

A two-year study focused on used electrical and electronic equipment (UEEE) sent to Nigeria, mostly from European ports, has revealed a continuing "severe problem"...

19 Apr 2018

Antique ivory – defined as pre-1947 worked ivory – is an exception and can be traded in the UK and EU. Flickr/James Picht
Paradigm shift as African countries throw their weight behind ivory ban

Calls from conservation groups for a strong line and a near total ban on the sale of ivory were strengthened last week when 32 African nations...

By Caroline Cox 26 Mar 2018

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A new dawn for Africa as 44 countries sign CFTA deal

The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (CFTA ) could enter into effect by the end of this year following signing by 44 countries yesterday at the 10th extraordinary African Union Summit...

By Collins Mwai 22 Mar 2018

How are companies preparing for automation and the new world of work?
How are companies preparing for automation and the new world of work?

The world of work is evolving, and future-conscious organisations need to be aware of the business implications associated with automation and robotics. A fundamental consideration is how such changes disrupt and affect the world of work and long-standing traditions about the role human beings play in it...

By Lusanda Raphulu 8 Feb 2018

Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria's former oil minister
Nigeria's former oil minister blasted over court bid

A Nigerian judge accused the country's former oil minister of trying to "avoid justice" in Britain, as he dismissed an application for her to face corruption charges back home...

3 Nov 2017

Kenyan gender advocate Vivian Onano for innovation summit
Kenyan gender advocate Vivian Onano for innovation summit

Kenyan gender advocate Vivian Onano is one of the key speakers at the Liberty VUKA Knowledge Summit. In this Q&A, we find out what her entrepreneurship lessons are for women and young people in the workplace...

26 Oct 2017

#InnovationMonth: How startups are disrupting delivery of African legal services
#InnovationMonth: How startups are disrupting delivery of African legal services

Having quantifiable, measurable, and verifiable data about justice needs and challenges is essential for the legal profession to move into the 21st century...

By Tom Jackson 22 Sep 2017

Africa's ambitious new biodiversity laws come with teeth, will protect people too
Africa's ambitious new biodiversity laws come with teeth, will protect people too

Africa is known for its rich biodiversity. On a continent where people depend on this biodiversity for their daily livelihood, the question of how animals and plants that live on it will be protected, remains crucial...

By Willem Daniel Lubbe 11 Sep 2017

Intra-African trade critical for economic growth
Intra-African trade critical for economic growth

Participation of women in the economy is key to unlocking intra-African growth opportunities...

By Deepa Vallabh 8 Sep 2017

The second ‘Scramble for Africa' reveals need for IP rights protection
The second ‘Scramble for Africa' reveals need for IP rights protection

For the second time in history, the African continent has become a focal point for global expansion and brand protection is critical...

By Carla Collett 25 Aug 2017

MTN confirms it will fight Nigerian fine
MTN confirms it will fight Nigerian fine

Africa's biggest mobile services provider MTN Group (MTN) has confirmed that it is planning to contest a R59bn fine imposed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)...

21 Dec 2015

Ethiopian lawyer trying to get bloggers freed
Ethiopian lawyer trying to get bloggers freed

The lawyer for a group of detained Ethiopian bloggers and reporters said he intended filing a civil suit against the country's police for holding them without charge for nearly three months.

18 Jul 2014

Social media is a key for terror groups
Social media is a key for terror groups

WASHINGTON, USA: Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups have expanded their online presence with increased use of social media, creating new challenges for thwarting attacks, said a study released Wednesday, 14 May.

15 May 2014

Concern grows over rising piracy off West Africa
Concern grows over rising piracy off West Africa

Grey, sleek, bristling with massive cannon and an assortment of machine guns, the French navy's Commandant Birot is well-equipped to patrol Africa's most dangerous stretches of ocean.

4 Mar 2014

Nigeria's cybercrime bill will invade consumers' privacy - telecoms
Nigeria's cybercrime bill will invade consumers' privacy - telecoms

Nigerian telecoms have expressed their dissatisfaction with the cybercrime bill currently before the legislative arm of government, saying it would allow for surveillance of consumers.

30 Jan 2014

Bowman Gilfillan to increase of offices in Africa
Bowman Gilfillan to increase of offices in Africa

South African law firm Bowman Gilfillan‚ which established an office in Botswana in October‚ is moving quickly to implement a medium-term strategy to have between 8 and 12 offices across Africa.

By Evan Pickworth 28 Oct 2013

Divisions over 'aggressive' tax planning
Divisions over 'aggressive' tax planning

Tax authorities are being more aggressive in challenging companies' tax practices, but this is leading to a disparity over what tax practitioners and politicians consider aggressive tax planning.

By Amanda Visser 11 Oct 2013

Blue Label considers its options in dispute
Blue Label considers its options in dispute

Blue Label Telecoms reiterated in a Sens statement on Monday (9 September) that it was considering its legal options in the dispute between former Blue Label subsidiary Africa Prepaid Services Nigeria (APSN) and Telkom as well as Multi-Links Telecommunications Limited‚ a former wholly-owned subsidiary of Telkom.

By Thabiso Mochiko 10 Sep 2013

Counterfeit medicine trade targets Africa's poor
Counterfeit medicine trade targets Africa's poor

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON: From Cameroon to Ivory Coast, Kenya to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), traders in counterfeit drugs do a thriving business with the utmost cynicism and sometimes at the cost of human lives.

24 Aug 2013

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