Sabinet African Journals: A powerful, new platform for a fast-growing collection.

CENTURION Pretoria, South Africa, 9 March 2021. Sabinet is pleased to announce the migration of Sabinet African Journals (www.journals.co.za) to a new powerful technology platform. With this move to Atypon’s Literatum online publishing and website development platform, Sabinet strengthens the technology upon which this world-renowned African research rests.

An international platform for an African knowledge base

Internationally recognised for the feature set it offers, the Atypon platform enables Sabinet African Journals to get mission-critical content into the hands of the practitioners and researchers who need it most.

“As interest in the African continent and its research output continues to grow, Sabinet’s investment in a new technology platform becomes a natural next step for Sabinet African Journals,” says Rosalind Hattingh, Managing Director at Sabinet. By upgrading the ‘base’ of Sabinet African Journals, we are confident that this will increase the visibility of African research and further empower researchers through enhanced access and features.

“It’s a privilege to welcome such a highly respected journal aggregator to the Literatum community,” said Marty Picco, Atypon’s General Manager. “Sabinet’s 500+ journals share African research with the rest of the world. Literatum will help Sabinet readers by making it easier to discover the right content and by providing a more enjoyable and productive user experience.”

To learn more about the Sabinet African Journals, click here.

Make sound legal decisions, informed by the experience of the past.

CENTURION Pretoria, South Africa, 18 March 2021. Those entrusted with rendering justice on any level have a responsibility to ensure that they stay abreast of the latest developments in law. For this reason, judgments, and the precedents they inform, are of vital importance to practitioners of law. Judges must make their rulings taking into account previous judicial decisions on the same subject. Other legal practitioners, whether they are acting as advisor, advocate, negotiator or evaluator are obliged to stay up to date with the law in order to remain competent, prompt and diligent at all times.

When it comes to staying competitive, Sabinet Judgments provides its users with unrivalled online access to its offering. With quick and easy  24 hours access to  reported and unreported South African judgments from the Supreme Court of Appeal, High Courts, Labour Court, Labour Appeal Court,

Sabinet's expertise at bringing together content and technology to deliver optimised services — and their monitoring of all judgments by court, topic and legislation daily — means that subscribers are assured of making sound, error-free decisions — ultimately saving time, effort and money.

A competitive advantage in the court room

Courts and the legal practitioners within them apply the law on a daily basis. The system of judicial precedent, or stare decisis, means that these courts are bound to follow the legal precedents set by previous decisions. Being able to do this relies largely on reported cases. To be ignorant of these judgments is to take a big risk in the eyes of the court though this can be mitigated by gaining access to reported and unreported judgments — segmented by court, topic and legislation — and supported by related articles and legislation. This in-depth knowledge of the law equates to a competitive and cost-saving advantage.

Sabinet Judgments also links to other Sabinet product offerings by flagging documents of interest. Sabinet Judgments is linked to NetLaw, Provincial NetLaw, Municipal By-laws and Bargaining Council Agreements which users can choose to access if they are already subscribed to these products or by making a once-off purchase.

The burden of law in corporate management

Companies of all sizes are required to know both their rights as well as what is expected of them. They are subjected to the common law, as it applies to their sector, as found in court rulings and judgments. Not being on top of updates and changes to legislation not only compromises the efficient and responsible management of a company, but also introduces significant legal and financial risk.

Invitation to register for free trial

Sabinet invites anyone interested in enriching their knowledge of the law or wanting to work faster and smarter to register for a free trial of Sabinet Judgments. Users can look forward to:

  • The quickest, easiest route to unreported and reported judgments (with neutral citation)
  • Searching by keyword, parties, judge, case number, court and act with additional filtering available
  • All court forms
  • All Rules of the Court
  • Linking to relevant documents on National Legislation (NetLaw), Provincial Legislation, Municipal By-laws and Bargaining Council Agreements for clients already subscribing to these products. Once-off purchases to a related piece of legislation is also available to non-subscribers – for seamless access
  • ‘What’s New’ alert feature

Increase resilience through digitisation.

CENTURION Pretoria, South Africa, 31 March 2021.COVID-19 has presented one of the most formidable challenges to government, businesses, and society. As a result, agile solutions are important to establish sustainability for the future challenges to come - encompassing long-term operational resilience.

Maintain productivity while keeping it safe and economically sustainable - Sabinet's Digitisation Solutions puts you and your organisation in a stronger position to ensure steady business operations when social separation and work-from-home is now the 'next-normal'. 

How it's done and the costs incurred

The scanning needed to convert physical materials to digital form is done carefully and, throughout the process, clients can rest assured of the safety of their goods with an experienced team and the latest technology.

Furthermore, the Digitisation team will:

  • Address your various sizes and material type.
  • Add metadata to increase discoverability of your scanned files.
  • OCR scanned documents to increase efficiency by making your files searchable.
  • Enable output of the scanned document in various formats (e.g. PDF).
  • Advise on how to approach your digitisation needs (where to start and how to do it cost effectively).

Depending on budgetary constraints, the following approaches can be taken:

  • Cutting a book's spine to loosen pages (for easier scanning).
  • Cutting the spine and then re-binding after the scan.
  • Scanning the book as is - a process which takes extra time and care.

The end result - that of a 1:1 preserved digital copy - empowers your organisation or department to absorb and adjust to the encounters of the COVID-19 pandemic successfully and, by definition, remain resilient.

To find out more, click here.

Normal Copyright law applies as stipulated in the Copyright Act. Copyright belongs to the publishers.

With alcohol restrictions on the cards, are South Africans considering going Green?

CENTURION Pretoria, South Africa, 1 February 2021. Over the past few months, South African government restrictions regarding the purchase and consumption of alcohol have fluctuated. Alcohol was placed under lock and key, its sale banned countrywide. Stipulations about when a person can and can’t purchase liquor or when restaurants are and aren’t allowed to serve alcohol are hot topics for South Africans and, as the regulations shifts, abiding by them has been challenging for many.

However, in the same span of time, with the pandemic serving as a backdrop to all of the action, legislation surrounding the possession and use of cannabis has been somewhat relaxed - quite the turnaround.

Keeping track of what has happened and, more importantly, when, can sometimes be tricky. Understanding the finer detail and nuances of the subject can prove tricky too. For this reason, Sabinet provides customised monitoring services which alert clients to specific occurrences of topics which interest them, providing them with links to relevant legislative materials as they’re found. However, with regard to cannabis and in light of its recent rise to fame, we have a special topic dedicated to the subject.

To learn more on the subject as well as other specialised Topic CMS available to our users, click here.

Employment Equity Amendment Bill set to send ripples throughout South Africa’s business sectors

The closing date for comments on the Employment Equity Amendment Bill is set for this Friday, 19 February. The Bill has been greeted with varying degrees of concern from companies around the country.

Certain proposals contained within this draft are set for further discussion during the year, but some may be implemented before year-end. This new legislation will, if passed, affect companies across all sectors as well as their respective workforces as those who fail to comply will be unable to do business with government on any level.

Four areas of focus

Focused on four specific areas, namely B-BBEE and transformation; the wage gap; regulations aimed at SMMEs; and the hiring of foreign workers, there is much on the table to give consideration to before the 19th of February. The widespread nature of each of these pieces of legislation is a clear demonstration of the ripple effect that will occur should the Bill pass. There are many potential hurdles for businesses to clear and understanding the direct impact of each is critical.

A double-edged sword

The Bill, taking what seems to be a multi-pronged approach to mobilising change in the country, comes at a time when, across all sectors of business in South Africa, owners and staff are still reeling and recovering from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic

For further information on the Employment Equity Amendment Bill, click here.

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