Publications

Market Manipulation in South Africa

The stock market plays a crucial role in the economy of a country and effects the growth of its commerce and industry. The industry, government and central banks will work together to keep an eye [...]

The Basics of Competition Law in South Africa

  Companies are constantly competing with their rivals, as this is the norm among the market place. It is important for companies to maintain a healthy competitive environment in order to provide their consumers with [...]

Suspensive Conditions and the Doctrine of Fictional Fulfilment

A suspensive condition is one of the most important clauses in any sale agreement. The reason for this is that fulfilment of a suspensive condition is essential for an agreement to come into full force [...]

Dealmakers Gala Awards Event 2014

We were recently honoured to attend the prestigious annual Cell C DealMakers® awards gala dinner which was held at Monte Casino. The event annually attracts the “who’s who” of the legal, banking and accounting professions [...]

Design, another form of Intellectual Property

In terms of the South African Designs Act, 1993 ("the Designs Act") there are two types of designs which may be registered for protection. Namely, aesthetical designs and functional designs. An aesthetic design relates purely [...]

Reporting Corruption in the work place:When to Blow the Whistle?

Acts of fraud and corruption amongst executive management are two of the main downfalls that can bring a company to its knees. The question that arises is what transpires when an employee reports such acts. [...]

The Year Ahead of Us

In the last week of each year Van Der Merwe Attorneys finds it imperative to hold individual staff meetings to grasp the experiences of the year that has just passed and to plan for the [...]

To Trust or not to Trust? That is the Question!

One of the most important goals of conducting a business is safeguarding your assets and investments from creditors and other risks. Business owners and prospective investors need to make informed decisions when finally deciding on the [...]

Alternative Dispute Resolution in terms of Section 166 and 167 of the Companies Act, 2008

As an alternative to instituting action in a court of law, a person who would be entitled to apply for relief or file a complaint in terms of the Companies Act 71, of 2008 (“the [...]

A look back at 2013 !!

  It feels awkward an insignificant to write this article about ourselves during the same time as we are mourning about Madiba’s passing. I would like to start off by saying that Van Der Merwe [...]