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As cyberattacks escalate – data protection is more vital than ever to businesses!

As cyberattacks escalate – data protection is more vital than ever to businesses!

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect this month (May 2018), South African businesses will also need to evaluate whether they fall into the wide territorial reach of the GDPR. As cyberattacks escalate in volume and sophistication, data protection is more vital than ever. Enterprises around the globe need to focus on one of their most essential and mission-critical applications, namely email, to ensure they meet a key principle of the legislation: accountability. The potential for compliance violations are substantial, due to the sheer number of emails, as are the potential economic penalties for non-compliance. Personal data includes names, telephone numbers and location information that can identify […]

Technology is benefiting law firms in order to be more effective

Technology is benefiting law firms in order to be more effective

Current technology is adding massive benefits to law firms, enabling them to be more effective than ever before, increasing turnaround time dramatically and allowing clients to access their own files in real time. At Bekker Attorneys, we have introduced software whereby each client receives their own unique login name and password, which in turn allows them to access all the documentation that we have on file for them at any time they choose to access it. Previously, requests for these files had to be logged and could take up to a couple of days before it was made available. So currently, this not only leads to far less frustration from […]

Little known Tax breaks for Companies

Little known Tax breaks for Companies

Businesses can legally declare less profits It is very important that people understand that there is a difference between tax evasion, which is illegal, and tax avoidance, which in itself is finding loop holes in the tax system to minimise their tax liabilities, but doing so in a legal way. The current key trends, which many are missing out on, in saving on taxes for their business(es) are the variety of ways that one can offset profits made from the primary business against establishing a separate enterprise, which in fact becomes a supplier to that primary business. By invoicing that primary business these expenses become tax deductible as it is in fact […]

Free State ANC enter civil war, as branches slam party for “illegal” PEC

Free State ANC enter civil war, as branches slam party for “illegal” PEC

Of course, we knew there would be drama before the 54th ANC Elective Conference got underway. But Free State is going to war with itself, with branches accusing their local representatives of being ‘in contempt of court’. The feud has been brewing for a while, as numerous branches have objected to the length of time it has taken for a Provincial Elective Conference (PEC) to be organised. Sound confusing? That’s because it is. Why are Free State ANC in contempt of court? Thankfully, Hanno Bekker has helped us summarise what the main issues are. He’s the lead attorney representing the 26 clients who feel that last weekend’s PEC should not […]

ANC Free State PEC, several branches barred from attending elective conference

ANC Free State PEC, several branches barred from attending elective conference

The High Court in Bloemfontein has barred several Free State branches from attending the national elective conference after the court nullified the party’s provincial conference. The High Court also ruled that the elective conference in Free State and its resolutions are unlawful and void. This means that the provincial executive committee (PEC) that was elected at that conference would not be able to attend the national conference in that capacity. The court has however allowed branches whose meetings were not in dispute to attend the conference. The court has effectively ordered that 14 branches and 27 PEC members will not be allowed to vote at the national conference on Saturday. […]

Mixed emotions at the outcome of #FSANC ruling

Mixed emotions at the outcome of #FSANC ruling

The Free State High Court ruling in favour of nullifying the recent ANC Provincial elective conference, has been met with mixed emotions. Attorney for the applicants, Hanno Bekker says the judgment delivered by the full bench of judges is one with a victory for both sides. The Provincial Elective Conference was declared illegal and its outcomes – which includes the newly elected Provincial Executive Committee – have been declared null and void. The application to have ALL the ANC delegates from the Free State barred from the national conference which is set to kick off tomorrow, has, however, been dismissed. Delegates from 14 of the unlawfully rerun Branch General Meetings […]

Judgment in #ANCvsANC to be heard today

Judgment in #ANCvsANC to be heard today

The Free State High Court will be handing down its judgment on #ANCvsANC today at 14:00. This comes after the opposing parties delivered their arguments in front of a full bench yesterday. Dali Mpofu, representing the applicants, argued that this past weekend’s ANC Provincial Elective Conference was unlawful, because the party did not adhere to the November 29th High Court ruling, which determined that 28 – not 29 – Branch General Meetings (BGMs) had to be rerun in a lawful manner per the ANC constitution. Mpofu argued that the ANC leadership in the Free State was therefore in contempt of court and the outcome of the conference should be nullified. […]

Judgment due in crucial ANC Free State case, on eve of national elective conference

Judgment due in crucial ANC Free State case, on eve of national elective conference

Judgment is expected on Friday afternoon on whether the Free State’s more than 400 delegates will be interdicted from attending the ANC’s national conference. Four ANC members have taken the provincial executive committee (PEC) to court to have it and the province’s delegates barred from attending the conference. The highly anticipated conference starts on Saturday. A new president for the party is set to be elected in the coming days, with it mostly being a two-horse race between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The Free State has put its vote behind Dlamini-Zuma. Hanno Bekker, attorney for the disgruntled members who are backers of Ramaphosa-aligned former Free State deputy […]

ANC vs ANC back in court today

ANC vs ANC back in court today

The ANC in the Free State is back in court today, after an application was lodged by disgruntled ANC members to nullify the outcomes of the Provincial Elective Conference which took place this past Sunday and Monday. It was at this conference in Parys that Free State Premier Ace Magashule secured another term as Chairperson of the ANC in the province – a position he has occupied since 1994. OFM news spoke to an attorney for the applicants, Hanno Bekker, earlier this week and he said his clients also intended on applying to nullify the ‘surprise’ Provincial General Council (PGC) meeting that took place two weeks ago, where presidential hopeful […]

Dissident FS ANC members in court bid to nullify provincial conference

Dissident FS ANC members in court bid to nullify provincial conference

Dissident ANC members in the Free State will attempt to block the province from sending delegates to the party’s national elective conference in the Bloemfontein High Court on Thursday. They accuse the party’s provincial leadership of blatantly ignoring the Free State High Court’s ruling on 29 November, 2017 that biennial and branch general meetings conducted between August and November were irregular, unlawful, unconstitutional and/or in breach of the ANC constitution. The Free State’s last Provincial Conference was held on 11 May, 2013. The ANC constitution’s rule 17.2.1 requires provincial conferences to be held every four years, with a grace period of 90 days allowed. By holding the conference in December, and not […]