what does POPIA mean

What does POPIA really mean for direct marketers?

Emails, online adverts, database marketing, promotional letters, SMS messaging, phone calls, postcards, websites, flyers, and catalog distribution are some examples of direct marketing strategies. For these marketers and lead generation companies in particular, there...
What is POPI

What you need to know about POPI

The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI), 2013 comes into force today, 1 July 2020.Rohan Isaacs and Tatum Govender from the Technology and Privacy team at Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa answers some questions,...
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Legal Contracts – not what they used to be

Over the past 15 years, I have managed numerous businesses, all of which came with their own challenges in managing relationships with staff, customers and suppliers. These relationships typically start on a good footing,...

7 Essential agreements for any start-up

Launching your business? There are essential legal agreements in place that every business should have, right from the outset. While it can be tempting for founders to jump straight into the practical aspects of making...
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Get your business ready for the new parental leave laws

With South Africa’s new parental leave laws having been promulgated, but only likely to take effect at some stage in 2020, employers that have not yet done so should fast-track their efforts to comply...

Seven questions business owners should ask themselves at the midyear mark

By the midyear mark, businesses have six months of information to dictate where they need to reallocate resources and take corrective measures that will mitigate the impact of inefficiencies or ineffectiveness in the business...

Retrenchment: Having tricky conversations during tough times

It’s always important to have open, frank conversations with your staff. The reality of the situation is that they actually know more than you think, and by being open and honest with them, you...
Unpacking the amendments to the B-BBEE Scorecard

Unpacking the amendments to the B-BBEE Scorecard

The Department of Trade and Industry’s amendments to the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice on Friday, 31 May, were published in the government gazette with very little fanfare considering the significant impact they may...

How to protect your intellectual property

When businesses fail to adequately protect their intellectual property, they are exposed to the potential risks of competitors imitating their ideas and/or passing them off as their own. Unfortunately, it is often the case that...
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Ten Steps to Becoming a BEE Compliant Business

The BEE scorecard encourages businesses to push for economic growth, specifically focusing on people of colour in South Africa. It is based on the concept of offering incentives through additional business. Economic growth...
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Protection of personal assets

The first step to protecting your personal assets from your business’ creditors, is that you need to understand that the corporate structuring of your business determines how much of your personal assets are at...
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Background screening: how to get the most out of it

Is background screening worth it? Well, as an entrepreneur, if you have not had your fingers burnt by a supplier or a past employee, or hired someone that looked great on paper only to...
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9 Tips to name and protect your brand

Much of the potential success of your brand depends on the choices that you make at the early stages of your project or business. Here are nine tips to enhance and protect your brand.A...