Minister of the DTI to decide Commissioner Mohlala-Mulaudzi's fate

Business Day reports that the Chief Commissioner of the NCC has lost her third urgent application in the protracted dispute regarding the renewal of her employment contract when it comes to an end at the end of August. In the latest application Mohlala-Mulaudzi contended that the decision regarding the renewal of her contract should not lie with the Minister of the DTI, but with a parliamentary commission.

'Consumer watchdog gets savage mauling' (Times)

The National Consumer Tribunal was asked to compile a 'confidential report' on the National Consumer Commission. Given the increasingly aggressive tone of the decisions by the NCT and the NCC's papers in the Gauting North High Court it comes as no surprise that it was not favourable. See this article published in the Times.

Protection of Personal Information Bill is before the Justice Committee

The Protection of Personal Information Bill (POPI) is finally gaining momentum. Yesterday the discussion centred around whether the processing of information relating to criminal behavior (or conviction?) should be restricted. See the article in the Business Day for more information.

NCC loses urgent application to review Auction Alliance descision

The National Consumer Commission (NCC) has lost its urgent application to review the National Consumer Tribunal's (NCT) descision to set the compliance notice against Auction Alliance aside (for a full discussion of the battle between the NCC and Auction Alliance see the July edition of Consumer Law Review at

Commissioner Mohlala-Mulaudzi's never ending employment saga

Here is the latest on Commissioner Mohlala-Mulaudzi's never ending employment saga. Her contract with the Department of Trade and Industry runs out on 25 August 2012 (or 3 September 2012, both these dates have been reported). She is asking that the renewal of her contract must be considered by someone else, not the DTI. The matter was postponed because neither Mohlala-Mulaudzi nor her advocate appeared in court.

The NCC: 'What a waste'

'An outgoing commissioner, embroiled in legal battles in a bid to save her job; a budget R100 million short of what it should be; a litany of errors in following procedure; and a department stepping in to take control.

These issues are rapidly turning the National Consumer Commission (NCC) into little less than a farce.'

Update on the progress of the Protection of Personal Information Bill

The Portfolio Committee received a briefing from the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development on the work done by the Technical Committee on the Protection of Personal Information Bill on 19 June 2012. The Bill is now in its 7th Working Draft.

NCC 0, Suppliers 3: Yet another compliance notice set aside by the NCT

The National Consumer Tribunal has decided to set the compliance notice issued against Auction Alliance aside last week. Reasons for this decision have not yet been published. This means that the beleaguered company is off the hook for now.

It is the NCC's third straight loss at Tribunal level.

For more information see:

Disturbing claims made by NCC Chief Commissioner against DTI

NCC Chief Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala-Mulaudzi has made disturbing allegations of 'sabotage' against the Department of Trade and Industry. She claims that the NCC has been hamstrung by a series of investigations, financial controls and under-funding. The motivation for this 'sabotage' is a conflict of interest between the 'mandate' of the NCC and the DTI.

New Interest Rates after transferring loans out of a Juristic entity

Many of you will be aware that in terms of our amended laws of taxation it is cheaper to have your property in your personal name, than in the name of a juristic entity (such as a company or a trust). Specifically there is a much bigger rebate if the property is held in your own name for Capital Gains Tax than if it is held in the name of a juristic entity.


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