By Kgomotso Ramotsho
Johannesburg attorney, Dineo Peta has won the 2016 LexisNexis Prize for Legal Practitioners for the best article by a practising attorney published in De Rebus. Ms Peta won the prize for her article titled ‘The effect of the “once empowered always empowered” rule on the mining industry’, published in 2016 (Nov) DR 32. The article discussed the debate around the ‘once empowered always empowered’ rule following the publication of the draft Reviewed Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry on 15 April 2016.
Giving her opinion in the article, Ms Peta said the rule of ‘once empowered’ can have no legal standing in a constitutional democracy with a founding value of equality. Ms Peta won a Lenovo Tablet, as well as one year’s free access to one practice area of Practical Guidance. Ms Peta said she felt humbled to receive a prize of that magnitude from one of the best law journals.
Cape Town candidate attorney Amy Farish won the 2016 Juta Law Prize for Candidate Attorney for her article titled ‘Protection of Investments Act – a balancing Act between policies and investments’ published 2016 (May) DR 26. In her article Ms Farish discussed matters concerning the Protection Act 22 of 2015. She tackled some questions on whether concerns around the Act were legitimate and if the Act would actually cause any significant difference to the investment climate of South Africa.
Ms Farish won a tablet device and Juta’s online Essential Legal Practitioner Bundle worth R 20 000. Ms Farish said it is a privilege to have won the prize and that she felt truly honoured. ‘A big thank you to De Rebus for publishing the article and to the sponsors for the prize. I am very surprised at the news and feel very proud of my achievement,’ she said.
Kgomotso Ramotsho Cert Journ (Boston) Cert Photography (Vega) is the news reporter at De Rebus.
This article was first published in De Rebus in 2017 (March) DR 5.