President Zuma Assents to International Arbitration Act

Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

President Zuma has assented to the International Arbitration Act.

Parliament passed the bill in the first week of December 2017.

The act seeks to:

•    provide for the incorporation of the Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration, as adopted by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, into South African law;
•    provide anew for the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards;
•    repeal the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards Act, 1977;
•    amend the Protection of Businesses Act, 1978, so as to delete an expression; and
•    provide for matters connected there with.

During deliberations in parliament, the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services extended the scope of clause 9 to not only apply to the employees of the arbitrator but also persons appointed by the arbitral tribunal.

Meanwhile, in Proclamation 44, the commencement of sections 2, 11 and 13(b) of the Maintenance Amendment Act of 2015 was announced.

The sections kicked in on 5 January 2018.

In Notice 1473, the justice and constitutional development department published amendments to regulations relating to maintenance.

A new regulation on locating whereabouts of person affected by an order is inserted.

The amendments also came into force on 5 January 2018.

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