On 26 September 2023, South Africa’s upper House of Parliament, the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), adopted the highly controversial Copyright Amendment Bill, and the Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill.   The Bills were sent back to the National Assembly (NA) for concurrence on the relatively minor changes to the Bills that NCOP proposes.  It is anticipated […]

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On 31 August, African Traditional Medicine Day, established by the World Health Organisation African region, honours the integral role of traditional medicine in the health and welfare of generations of people on the continent. The event serves as a platform for member states to discuss best practices, groundbreaking evidence, and innovative solutions that showcase the […]

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South Africa: The Netball World Cup, a protected event in South Africa

The 2023 Netball World Cup was hosted in Cape Town, South Africa from 28 July to 6 August 2023.  It has been a landmark event for the continent as this is the first time that this World Cup was hosted in Africa. As with the FIFA Soccer World Cup that was hosted by South Africa […]

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South Africa: The fate of plant-based meat alternatives

For those who may not be aware, in the last year, the plant-based food industry has come under fire in South Africa over using descriptive terms such as “burger”, “nugget” and “sausage” in relation to meat analogue products.  In South Africa, meat analogue products are foodstuffs that approximate the aesthetic qualities, which include the primary […]

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SOUTH AFRICA – Imprisonment of counterfeiters

In following on the successful operations shutting down a manufacturing plant of counterfeit oil and lubricant products in 2022 (previous publication at:, our Anti-Counterfeiting team assisted the Police and the National Prosecuting Authority to achieve successful criminal convictions of the Accused persons. Both the Accused persons were convicted for contravening the Immigration Act and […]

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South Africa – 100 Years of Women in Law

Female attorneys, magistrates, judges and prosecutors gathered during the week of 24 to 28 April 2023 at various High Courts and Advocates’ Chambers, to celebrate the centenary of the promulgation of the Women Legal Practitioners Act of 1923, that allowed for the admission of women to the legal profession in South Africa. One of these […]

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SOUTH AFRICA: SA Medical Research Council Meets with Future Research Leaders

The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) which provides various health research grants to 15 universities across South Africa hosted a meeting with 65 grant holders. The SAMRC has committed over 70% of its research grant budget to previously disadvantaged institutions with a view to fostering development in these institutions by fast-tracking the transition of […]

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South Africa: Counterfeit Remotes and Copyright Infringement Plague Multichoice

MultiChoice, a large African broadcasting company, has recently been flexing its intellectual property protection clout against pirates. The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)meets with various health research leaders to further support their development. A new initiative has been created to improve entrepreneurial development across Southern Africa.

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South Africa: Innovation Bridge Entrepreneur Community

A new initiative has been created to improve entrepreneurial development across Africa through a joint collaboration between the World Bank and the South African departments of Science and Innovation (DSI) and Small Business Development.

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New Proposed Regulations for Labelling and Advertising of Foodstuffs – open for commentary

New proposed Regulations for the Labelling and Advertising of Foodstuffs under the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, 1972 have been published for commentary. Comments may be submitted by 30 April 2023. The draft regulations are considerably more extensive and specific than the current regulations, as amended in 2012, and cover a broad range of issues […]

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