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Regulator uncomfortable with 'non-alcoholic' cider ad

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 07 August 2019
Tags: #Media Law
The Advertising Regulatory Board (ARB) says it has 'discomfit' in the labelling of a product containing 0.3% alcohol as 'non-alcoholic' even though it was within the law to do so.

Another ruling condemns 'colonialism' advert

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #Media Law
A second appeal panel, led by Judge Bernard Ngoepe, has ruled that the Chicken Licken advert that parodied colonialism, was offensive. The advert will remain banned, reports TimesLIVE.

Chicken Licken advert doesn't fly with appeals board

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 22 February 2019
Tags: #Media Law
Colonialism was a no-go zone for advertising humour, the appeal committee of the Advertisting Regulatory Board (ARB) has ruled. The committee upheld an earlier ruling that the 'Big Mjohnan' Chicken Licken ad was offensive and must never be aired again, notes TimesLIVE.

Online car sales portal ads not misleading – ruling

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 15 February 2019
Tags: #Ethics #Media Law
Online car buying portal WeBuyCars.co.za was not misleading in promising to buy and sell any make or model of car in its adverts, the Advertising Regulatory Board has ruled. Complainant Dennis Sibuyi, responding to the online company's adverts, said when he tried to sell his 2016 BMW X6M for R1.4m (its value) he was told he could not because the company did not purchase vehicles worth more than R1m.

Motsoeneg targeted in bid to recoup SABC millions

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Tags: #Litigation #Media Law
The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has started work to recoup almost R33m on behalf of the cash-strapped SABC and the government. R21.7m of this amount would possibly be retrieved from former SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, according to a News24 report.

SABC technically insolvent

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 01 November 2018
Tags: #Business & Industry Law #Employment and Labour Law #Media Law
The SABC was 'technically insolvent' and was unable to fulfil its financial obligations, CEO Madoda Mxakwe said yesterday. 'If we were a private company, we would have been recapitalised,' he said at a briefing with reporters in Johannesburg, on the dire financial situation at the public broadcaster. He said the threat of commercial insolvency was also increasing.

Ombud dismisses Zulu king honorifics complaint

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 25 October 2018
Tags: #Litigation #Media Law
A complaint to the Press Ombudsman that Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini's proper title was not used every time he was mentioned in a Daily Dispatch story, has been dismissed. A News24 report notes that in the complaint, ‘Tristan Gouws’ complained that in the story, Zwelithini's name was mentioned seven times without his ‘title, status or surname’ being used.

Insurance adverts with black people ruled ‘not racist’

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 28 September 2018
Tags: #Media Law
There is ‘no implication’ that black people are more irresponsible than white people when in comes to insurance. A TimesLIVE report says this is the gist of an Advertising Standards Authority ruling following a complaint against a series of Budget Insurance commercials. In one of the television commercials‚ a character suggests he will insure his car next month while it rests on bricks after the wheels were stolen.

IDC wins in dispute over 'racist' gorilla movie

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 02 August 2018
Tags: #Employment and Labour Law #Litigation #Media Law
The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has emerged victorious in a lengthy legal dispute centring around a 'racist' movie, Vanilla Gorilla. The Labour Appeal Court ruled in favour of the IDC in the matter initially brought by one of the corporation's managers, Tracey Roscher, notes Times Select.

F-word acceptable, depending on which one is used

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 13 July 2018
Tags: #Media Law
The Advertising Standards Authority has issued a lengthy ruling about the three f-words: effing, fricking and fucking, concluding that 'fricking' was child-friendly. Times Select says the 1 569-word ruling, made after analysing the Oxford Dictionary, was in response to a complaint by Meryl Turner about a radio advert for on 5FM for Webuycars.co.za that included the phrase 'fricking painless'.

The Wound violated dignity of Xhosa people

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 29 June 2018
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #Media Law
Although raising concern about the need to balance the right to freedom of expression with cultural rights and his insistence that the filmmakers’ rights to freedom of expression could not override the rights to dignity of Xhosa people, Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) Judge Joseph Raulinga has ruled that the appeal tribunal process for Inxeba (The Wound) was legally flawed, and should be reviewed and set aside.

SuperSport, black presenters resolve differences

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 26 June 2018
Tags: #Media Law
SuperSport and most of their black presenters and commentators have resolved issues raised in a letter from MVMT Attorneys – leaked in the media at the weekend – which accused the channel of racism and victimisation. Among the accusations were that their white counterparts have been handed hefty long-term contracts with guaranteed pay, while most of the black presenters and commentators are working without contracts, notes a report on the IoL site.

Mweb, Telkom forced to withdraw misleading ads

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 26 June 2018
Tags: #Media Law #Science & Technology Law
Mweb and Telkom have had to withdraw advertisements that were misleading on the promise of benefits. A TimesLIVE report notes Paul van Ramesdonk had lodged a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) against a Telkom advertisement which states ‘Storage: 32 GB‚ 4GB RAM’.

Vodacom launches biggest BEE telecoms deal

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 12 June 2018
Tags: #Business & Industry Law #Media Law
Vodacom will spend R1.1bn on an employee share ownership scheme as part of its R17.5bn broad-based BEE deal – the biggest BEE deal in the telecommunications sector. A Business Day report says the scheme will benefit 4 637 permanent employees in SA.

Advert's take on Kardashian's braids ruled not racist

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 12 June 2018
Tags: #Media Law
A television advert featuring a white woman wearing braids in a hair salon filled with black women, was not racist nor offensive, the Advertising Standards Authority has ruled. Two viewers complained that the advert, featuring models wearing clothes by online retailer Superbalist, suggested that it was a bad thing for a white woman to be wearing braids, and was therefore racist, notes TimesLIVE.

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