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POPIA: The long wait is over

The Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (POPIA) came into effect on 1 July 2020 but was subject to a 12-month grace period, which ended yesterday (30 June 2021). Therefore, from today (1 July 2021) POPIA is fully in effect, save for certain provisions.

A step forward for energy security in South Africa

On 10 June 2021, the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced amendments to schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA) in terms of which, amongst other things, embedded generation projects with a capacity of up to 100 MW will become exempt from being required to be licensed with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA).

Public interest takes centre stage in merger analysis

The prohibition of Grand Parade’s divestiture of Burger King South Africa by the Competition Commission due to a lack of black ownership and its recommendation to approve the divestiture of Sasol’s air separating units business with a range of public interest conditions once more highlights the importance of the public interest grounds in merger control assessment.