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Update on crypto assets as a financial product

This blog was co-authored by Julian Scholtz, Candidate Attorney. During October 2022, the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) declared crypto assets to be a financial product under the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act, 2002 (FAIS Act). The FSCA provided an update on 11 May 2023 and published the Exemption of Persons Rendering a Financial … Continue reading

Data breaches in terms of the FAIS Act

This blog was co-authored with Julian Scholtz, Candidate Attorney. While the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (POPIA) is widely accepted as the primary legislation dealing with the processing of personal information, it is important for financial service providers (FSPs) to take note of their duties in the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act, 2002 … Continue reading

Crypto Asset Exemption

With the declaration of crypto assets as a financial product, providers of crypto assets are left wondering whether they need to register as a financial service provider under the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act, 2002. Following an exemption published by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority, a person who provides a financial service in relation … Continue reading

Regulations for cryptocurrency promised by end of 2023

This article was co-authored by: Kristen de Wet, Candidate Attorney The deputy governor of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has confirmed that the trading of cryptocurrency in South Africa will be regulated within the next 12 to 18 months from 12 July 2022. The use of cryptocurrency in South Africa is prevalent and recent … Continue reading

Fitness, propriety and other matters related to significant owners – Part 2

(Click here for part 1) Joint Standard 1 of 2020 and the Financial Sector Regulation Act, 2017 (FSRA) prescribe wide ranging obligations for significant owners, but certain persons are exempt.  Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) General Notice 3 of 2020 exempts the following persons from the requirements of the Joint Standard probably because these entities … Continue reading

Fitness, propriety and other matters related to significant owners – Part 1

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) and the Prudential Authority (PA) Joint Standard 1 of 2020 sets out the requirements on fitness, propriety and other matters relating to significant owners of financial institutions and the financial institutions themselves.  It is worth reminding ourselves of the requirements. Prudent business management of financial institutions is dependent on … Continue reading

HPCSA – primary guardian of morals of the health profession

On 15 January 2021 the Supreme Court of Appeal handed down a judgment which pronounced on the jurisdiction of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a medical malpractice watchdog and the primary guardian of morals of the health profession. The judgment confirmed that the HPCSA’s jurisdiction is not limited to the conduct … Continue reading

Obligations of independent schools before expelling a pupil

On 17 June 2020 the Constitutional Court handed down a landmark judgment which pronounced on a child’s own right to take part in due process or hearings concerning the termination of the contract between independent schools and their parents. The judgment concerns the constitutionality of a decision by an independent school to expel two scholars … Continue reading

Deciding between mutually destructive versions of oral agreement

Where there are mutually destructive versions of an oral agreement, a court will side with the version which is more probable considering the circumstances. The credibility of witnesses, including whether their evidence is coherent and consistent, will be taken into account. The applicant in Meintjies v Annandale and another, an owner of an accounting business … Continue reading

Effect of invalid clause within lease agreement

The Supreme Court of Appeal held in March 2020 that an invalid clause in a lease does not necessarily result in the unenforceability of the entire agreement. Two parties entered into an agreement in terms of which the lessor let the premises to the lessee for a period of ten years and three months. The … Continue reading

Disclaimer notice at the entrance to a store

The High Court has refused to apply the terms of a disclaimer notice to defeat the claim of a shopper who tore his bicep while trying to stop a rack from falling. The shop owner’s defence relied on the display of a disclaimer notice alongside the entrance to the store which contained an exemption of … Continue reading

Your storekeeper’s duty of care

The High Court has held that the owner and manager of a supermarket negligently breached the duty of care it owed to a shopper who was injured trying to stop a loose rack from falling. The customer’s claim arose out of an incident in which he sustained a ruptured bicep when he was shopping at … Continue reading