South Africa

South Africa stretches along the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the southern tip of Arica. It’s the largest south African country and the 25th largest in the world by area; it’s the 24th most populous country with over 57 million inhabitants. The country is considered a multiethnic society, with various religions, languages, and cultures. The liberal democracy is comprised of nine provinces and a parliamentary republic.

South Africa gained its independence as the Union of South Africa in May of 1910. Prior to this, it was colonized by the Dutch, British, and by Portuguese. In 1948, the Afrikaner-dominated National Party instituted apartheid; favoring the white minority at the expense of the black majority.  Top leaders of the African National Congress, including Nelson Mandela, spent decades in prison for opposing apartheid.  A coalition approach involving internal protests and insurgency, and boycotts by some Western entities, led to the eventual renegotiation and a transition to majority rule.  The multi-racial elections in 1994 created a ANC majority rule government, however, South Africa has struggled to reconcile apartheid era imbalances in the population.

South Africa is a parliamentary republic, and President serves as head of state and government. The National Assembly, sits in office for a period of five years and is voted in by a party list. The President serves the same term duration as that of the Assembly, which is typically for five years.

Legal System in South Africa

The Constitution of South Africa is the Supreme rule of law. The legal system is modeled after Roman-Dutch and South African law systems. The Magistrates' courts is the lowest court level in the judiciary; it hears lower offense and criminal cases. The courts of general jurisdiction are the High Court, which hears cases at the criminal and civil levels. The highest courts are the Supreme Court of Appeal, and the Constitutional Court.

The country is also a member of several foreign relations groups. South Africa is a member of South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone, the World Trade Organization, Antarctic Treaty System (ATS), G20, G8+5, the International Monetary Fund, Group 77, and the Commonwealth of Nations, among others.

The National Law Review covers the latest news stories and developments related to South Africa, and the country’s international relations. Stories about financial news, the World Bank, international relations, cybersecurity, and media news, are among the topics visitors can read about online.

Date Title Organization
16
Jan
Law Library of Congress Publishes Report on Selected Issues in Biotechnology Regulation Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.
12
Jan
How to Avoid an Independent Compliance Monitor: Lessons From the SAP Settlement ArentFox Schiff LLP
9
Jan
South Africa | Automatic Extension of Exemption Permits for Nationals of Zimbabwe and Lesotho Announced Berry Appleman & Leiden
18
Oct
New Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Petitions on Brass Rod from Brazil, India, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, and South Korea ArentFox Schiff LLP
14
Jan
Global Solutions, Episode 29: Remote Work and Telework Rules in EMEA [PODCAST] Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
2
Dec
Omicron COVID-19 Variant Prompts US To Suspend Travel From Eight African Countries Barnes & Thornburg LLP
1
Dec
Biden Administration Restricts Travel From 8 African Countries Due to Omicron Variant Greenberg Traurig, LLP
1
Dec
Back to the Future: White House Restricts Travel to the United States From 8 Countries Due to New COVID-19 Variant Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
29
Nov
Biden Administration Bans Most Travel from Eight Countries in Southern Africa Mintz
29
Nov
New COVID-19 Restrictions in Response to Omicron Variant Jackson Lewis P.C.
1
Nov
Country-Specific International Travel Restrictions Will Be Rescinded November 8, 2021 Miller Canfield
16
Oct
White House Announces Relaxation of COVID-19–Related Travel Restrictions to the United States, Beginning on November 8, 2021 Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
23
Sep
The End of NIEs Is Nigh – Biden’s Covid Team Announces Travel Restrictions to Be Lifted in November Hunton Andrews Kurth
22
Sep
Biden Administration: C-19 Travel Bans to be Lifted for Fully Vaccinated Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
6
Aug
Nollywood Needs Co-Production Treaties to Move to the Next Level Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
3
Aug
Recent Developments in Artificial Intelligence and IP Law: South Africa Grants World’s First Patent for AI-Created Invention Winstead
28
Jul
Nota Bene Episode 136: Africa Q3 Check In: Diligent Competition Investigations and the Digitization of the Economy with Andreas Stargard [Podcast] Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
7
Jul
US Department of State Extends Validity of National Interest Exceptions to 12 Months Mintz
7
Jul
U.S. Department of State Announces Extension of Validity for National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) for Travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland and India Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
24
Jun
Is It Payback Time? Audits of Government-Funded COVID-19 Relief in South Africa Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
8
Jun
Global Employment Law Update - Part 6: Russia to South Africa McDermott Will & Emery
20
May
UK Government Anti-Corruption Plan – It's Global K&L Gates
13
May
Exclusive Rights: Intellectual Property — US Signals Approval of IP Waiver for COVID-19 Vaccines [PODCAST] Mintz
26
Mar
Issues with Visa Issuances from Countries Subject to PP10143 Greenberg Traurig, LLP
30
Jan
Biden Administration Reinstates COVID-19 Travel Restrictions for Europe and Brazil, Adds Restrictions for South Africa Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
5
Nov
The Accession of the State of Qatar to the Cape Town Convention K&L Gates
30
Oct
Price Gouging Restrictions Beyond the 50 States Proskauer Rose LLP
24
Aug
South African Insurers Agree to Pay for COVID-19 Losses Hunton Andrews Kurth
29
Jun
South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013, Goes into Effect July 1 Hunton Andrews Kurth
13
Jan
Recent South African Publication on Non-Profit Organizations and Financial Crimes Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
20
Nov
OFAC Sanctions the Gupta Family for Bribery, Corruption and Misappropriation of South African State Assets Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
17
Apr
South Africa Publishes More About Money Laundering Vulnerabilities Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
20
Feb
New Antidumping Petition on Acetone from Belgium, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa and Spain Faegre Drinker
5
Nov
What Companies Need to Know About World Bank and African Development Bank Debarment (and How to Avoid It) Covington & Burling LLP
9
Jul
South Africa FIC Publishes Financial Crime Typologies Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
29
Jun
What Companies Need to Know About France’s Loi Sapin II Anti-Corruption Law Covington & Burling LLP
11
May
England Tour of South Africa 2018 – “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
15
Mar
Q&A: Cape Town’s ‘Day Zero’ Risk Worldwide
9
Mar
Is Cryptocurrency a Viable Solution for the Unbanked in Africa? Covington & Burling LLP
8
Mar
WHO Names South African Listeria Outbreak World’s Largest Keller and Heckman LLP
6
Mar
Cape Town’s Water Shortage Approaching ‘Day Zero’ Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS)
12
Feb
The Hague System for the Registration of International Design Rights Welcomes Russia Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
25
Jan
Ten Key Issues to Watch in Africa in 2018 Covington & Burling LLP
19
Jan
What Next for Trump and Africa? Covington & Burling LLP
22
Dec
Ramaphosa’s Victory: Progress or Paralysis? Covington & Burling LLP
5
Dec
A Guide to December’s ANC Party Congress Covington & Burling LLP
8
Aug
Secret Ballot for President Zuma’s Upcoming No Confidence Vote Covington & Burling LLP
8
Aug
An Italo-Celtic League, now with added Springbok – the Pro 14 is born Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
2
May
Nearly Instantaneous Crop Data from Drones Polsinelli PC
12
Dec
CFIUS Upcoming/New Filing: Sibanye Gold Ltd. and Stillwater Mining Co. Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
 

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