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Rohde in urgent bail bid

Convicted murderer Jason Rohde will urgently apply for bail this week so that he can deal with a hostile business partner who is a threat to the financial security of his daughters. ‘I respectfully submit that in the interests of justice I am permitted bail to afford me the opportunity to generate income and maintain my children financially, and of course, afford them emotional support,’ he stated in his application filed in the Western Cape High Court last week.

Steinhoff launches unprecedented claim against ex-bosses

Steinhoff is claiming R870m from former CEO Markus Jooste and an additional R272m from former CFO Ben la Grange for 'unjustified enrichment', according to a summons filed in the Western Cape High Court.

Fired Old Mutual boss heads to court

Peter Moyo plans to launch a lawsuit against his former employer Old Mutual after he was fired as the CEO of the insurer over an alleged conflict of interest, his lawyer said yesterday, according to a Business Day report.

Directors at War and the Liquidation Option – A Tale of Sibling Rivalry

A company’s directors have both the power and the duty to manage the company’s affairs for its benefit. When two or more directors are in place, it’s perhaps natural for the occasional disagreement to arise between them. Indeed, regular expression of a variety of different viewpoints and ideas can make for a strong, dynamic board and business. Provided, that is, that the directors are in the end result still able to agree on the decisions vital to their company’s continued operations.

Brother declared delinquent director in siblings spat

A family feud and legal spat between the co-directors of the Summerstrand Hotel in Port Elizabeth have resulted in one of the siblings being declared a delinquent director and removed as a director from the companies they inherited from their father.

Shiva Uranium business rescue battle heads to SCA

Another massive sale of assets belonging to Gupta-owned Shiva Uranium is on the cards as the battle between the company’s current and former business rescue practitioners heads to the SCA, says a report on the IoL site.

SIU investigation of Steinhoff sought

The Progressive Professionals Forum (PPF) has called for the Special Investigating Unit to probe troubled global retailer Steinhoff International in light of the latest revelations of corruption, notes a Polity report. An investigative report by audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) found that a small group of former Steinhoff executives inflated the profit and asset values of the company for years by more than R100bn.

Liquidators regain control of Bosasa

Liquidators are once again back in charge of the affairs of the African Global Operations group of companies. A TimesLIVE report notes this follows an order made by the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) on Wednesday, granting liquidator Murray Cloete leave to appeal to the SCA against the 14 March judgment by the High Court.

AYO to be reported to JSE over share register

Moneyweb plans to report what it says is a contravention of the Companies Act by AYO Technology Solutions to the JSE following its failure to get a response from AYO to its request for access to the company’s share register in terms of section 26 of the Companies Act. A report on the Moneyweb site says AYO’s failure to respond begs the question, what does it have to hide?

Shareholders case against directors heads to SCA

The case that is expected to set a precedent on whether shareholders can sue directors and auditors of companies under the new Companies Act is headed for the SCA, says a Business Day report. On Friday, Judge Letty Molopa-Sethosa, of the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg), granted African Bank Investments (Abil) BEE shareholders – Hlumisa Investment Holdings and Eyomhlaba Investment Holdings – leave to appeal her judgment in the SCA.

Pepkor heads to court in 'copycat' battle

Pepkor has gone to court to interdict the opening of a rival retailer, Mr Tekkie, started by former senior employees of its own brand, Tekkie Town, Die Burger reports. Pepkor says in its urgent application filed in the Western Cape High Court that it managed to recover deleted e-mails of former exective and Tekkie Town founder Braam van Huyssteen, allegedly proving a plot to influence Pepkor’s share price.

Acknowlegement of Debt: “Promises make debt, and debt makes promises”

An acknowledgement of debt (“AOD”) is when a debtor admits his debt responsibilities. The debtor admits that he be indebted a sum of money to the creditor and accepts to reimburse the amount on terms agreed upon amongst the parties involved.

R145bn Steinhoff Austrian debt must be restructured

Steinhoff’s web of intercompany loans was brought to light for the first time on Friday, raising questions about the value of its hitherto prized SA assets. A Business Day report says the embattled furniture retailer – which admitted to accounting irregularities in December 2017 – must urgently restructure €9.6bn (R145bn) in external debt held primarily by its Austrian finance companies, Steinhoff Europe and Steinhoff Finance Holding.

Absa targeted for damages in Steinhoff case

Absa is being targeted for damages in the Steinhoff scandal due to its involvement in the production of the disgraced company’s 2015 prospectus to shareholders, says a City Press report. VEB, the Dutch non-profit organisation that has launched a class action against Steinhoff in the Netherlands, gave Absa, Barclays and Commerzbank notices yesterday.

Wiese's Steinhoff deal 'all clear' under Dutch law

Christo Wiese is in the clear over what Business Day describes as ‘egregious self-dealing’ because Steinhoff was registered in Holland where there is no requirement in law for oversight of the provision of loans or financial assistance to directors. On Tuesday, notes the report, Steinhoff stunned investors and corporate governance analysts when it confirmed media reports that the company had prepaid Wiese €325m during October and November 2017 for Shoprite shares, just weeks before Steinhoff collapsed.

Important ruling today on alleged hijacked companies

The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) is expected to issue a ground-breaking judgment today on whether the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) can intervene on behalf of business owners who claim their companies have been hijacked.


Company law in South Africa has not been comprehensively arranged in a decree. Accordingly, the two pivotal fundamentals of South African company law are the Companies Act of 2008 (“Act”) and the common law as developed by the courts. South African company law is that body of rules which regulates corporations formed under the Companies Act.

POPI ACT: Protect personal information ACT - The identity saved could be your own

The Protection of Personal Information Act is legislation placed with the goal to safeguard all organizations to handle personal information in an accountable way when gathering, dispensation, stowing and distributing another entity’s personal information by holding them answerable if they misuse or compromise individual’s personal information in any way by ensuring that they comply with POPI. In this POPI regulates the processing of information from its commencement of gathering of information to its obliteration of that information gathered.

First case of delinquent director confirmed

The Commission for Intellectual Property and Companies (CIPC) says the first case in which a director was declared delinquent in terms of the 2008 Companies Act has been finalised. A Beeld report notes that the CIPC obtained a court order to this effect after investigating Skyport Corporation (in liquidation).

Directors and the “Delinquency” Danger

Directors face many challenges, not least amongst them the constant danger of being held personally liable for any failure to comply with their statutory duties. In addition to facing civil claims for losses sustained, and even possible criminal liability, directors risk being declared “delinquent”.

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