Legal Information Update: 15 – 19 February 2021

This is a brief selection of some of the highlights published in our weekly newsletter, the Lexinfo Attorney Alert, dated 19 February 2021.


King N.O. and Others v De Jager and Others (CCT 315/18) [2021] ZACC 4 (19 February 2021)

Unfair discriminatory bequest — private wills — freedom of testation — Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act 4 of 2000 — section 39(2) of the Constitution.

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Media Summary: View here.

Medtronic International Trading SARL v CSARS (33400/2019). Gauteng High Court, Pretoria. 15 Feb 2021.

​Value-Added Tax Act, 1991 Value-added tax; whether the provisions of the voluntary disclosure agreement prohibit a request for remission of interest under section 39(7) of the VAT Act 89 of 1991.

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S v S (12496/2019) [2021] ZAGPJHC 7 (8 February 2021)

Maintenance – Salary reduction due to COVID-19 pandemic – Spouse insisting on full maintenance despite 20% salary reduction – Expected 96% of spouse’s earnings – Disclosure of financial circumstances – Whether short payment justified – Application dismissed – Counter-application relating to access to children – Wife not permitting children to be removed from residence due to health risks posed by COVID-19 – Respondent authorised to exercise contact with minor children – Applicant to pay costs of counter-application.

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Draft Bill

Disaster Management Amendment Bill, 2021

Notice of intention to introduce a Private Member’s Bill and invitation for comment on the draft within 30 days from date of publication (Mr Cilliers Brink, MP).

“The draft Bill therefore seeks to subject the wide-ranging powers of the Minister to declare and extend a national state of disaster, and to make subordinate legislation pursuant to such a declaration, subject to Parliamentary supervision. The draft Bill also seeks to limit the initial period a national state of disaster can be declared to the same 21 (twenty one) day limit that our law currently places on a state of emergency, the latter resembling the former in key respects.”

GenN46 GG 44166 p3 18Feb2021

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Government Gazettes

Broad -Based Black Economic Empowerment Act 53 of 2003

Publication of exemption in terms of s 9(6) and 10(2): General Notice granting the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) permission to specify qualification criteria for procurement and other economic, which– (a) exceed those found in a relevant code of good practice in terms of section 9(6); and/or (b) Deviate, in terms of section 10(2), from the requirements contained in the relevant code of good practice for its Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP).

RGN91 GG 44157 p3 12Feb2021

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Immigration Act 13 of 2002

Draft Critical Skills List (2020): Invitation to comment by 16h00 on 31 March 2021.

GN96 GG 44164 p3 18Feb2021

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New Legislation

Public Investment Corporation Amendment Act 14 of 2019

Commencement on publication.

GN44 GG 44160 p1 15Feb2021

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New Publication

Quinot, Geo. Administrative Justice in South Africa: An Introduction. – 2nd ed. ­ Oxford University Press, 2021.

Practice Direction

Gauteng Division of the High Court. Judge President’s Practice Directive 1 of 2021. 18 February 2021.

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