Author: Danjelle Midgley, Associate, Cullinan & Associates Inc
In light of the recent fleet of Chinese and Indonesian fishing vessels being impounded in East London for allegedly illegally fishing in South Africa’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) we thought we would: • revisit which laws regulate fishing in South Africa; • who is allowed to fish; and • what the potential penalties for failing to comply with these laws are. Media reports have indicated that the 3 foreign owned vessels had between 600–800 tons of squid between them worth around R70 million and were fined R1.3 million after pleading guilty to various charges. The vessels were apparently allowed to retain the illegally caught squid.
Author: Sean Barrett, Director, Woodhead Bigby Inc
The preamble of the draft Debt Collectors Amendment Bill states that recent court cases and media reports have highlighted the flagrant abuses prevalent in the collection of debt. It is therefore evident that the recent decision of the Western Cape High Court in the matter of University of Stellenbosch Legal Aid Clinic and others v Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and others (South African Human Rights Commission as amicus curiae)  3 All SA 644 (WCC) has significantly influenced the proposed inclusion of attorneys within the ambit of the draft Debt Collectors Amendment Bill.