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SASLAW Conference 2018

Thank you to the 406 delegates who attended the Conference in Cape Town last week.

SASLAW is truly grateful for the support.

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21st SASLAW Conference a success – thank you to all who came!

Advocate Thuli Madonsela, former public protector, received a standing ovation at the 21st annual South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW) Conference that was held on 7 and 8 September 2018.

The conference, which had targeted 380, attracted 410 registrations from a wide spectrum of professionals in the labour law and human resources ecosystem. Delegates gave strong, positive feedback, with Advocate Madonsela’s presentation entitled ‘The Role of Good Corporate Citizenship in Anchoring Democracy’ being the highlight.

It was interesting to see that the conference, traditionally attended by older law academics, is attracting a growing audience of young, black HR professionals. The level of response was encouraging considering there several other labour-related conferences taking place around the country. The majority of delegates came from Johannesburg, which indicates that people are willing to travel for a great conference with great speakers.

Acting Deputy Judge President of the Labour Court and Labour Appeal Court, Justice Phatshoane, gave the opening address and Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel delivered the keynote address.  Both Justice Phatshoane and Minister Patel gave challenging addresses on issues facing the labour market and the influences these have on the country and the economy as a whole.

Running over two days, the conference was held at Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town, focusing on modern issues relevant to labour law practitioners and human resources professionals.

These include topics such as social media misconduct, new and current issues in sexual harassment (impact of the ‘#MeToo’ campaign), robotics, automation and artificial intelligence, moonlighting and the gig economy.

The conference was attended significant players in South African labour law, including judges of the Labour Court and Labour Appeal Court, officials from the CCMA, leaders from the trade union movements, human resource practitioners, and labour lawyers and advocates.

SASLAW was particularly delighted to have the Judge President of the North Gauteng High Court, Justice Mlambo attend the conference. The conference was held directly after the second Annual African Labour Law Society (ALLS) Conference, which took place on 6 September 2018 at the same venue and attended by 83 people.

To read the papers presented at the Conference go to:

The committee is grateful to those who joined the 2018 SASLAW conference journey – and look forward to welcoming all at future events!


General Manager


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From the desk of the General Manager:

Charting a new way for Labour Law in South Africa

Top South African legal minds are finalising their thought-provoking and insightful presentations for the 21st Annual South African Society for Labour Law (SASLAW) Conference, to be held on 7 and 8 September 2018.

More than a "talk shop", the conference has proven over the years to be a valuable space for dissecting the most pressing challenges faced by labour law practitioners, human resources (HR) professionals and industrial relations (IR) personnel in their diverse capacities.

In this, the second newsletter leading up to this conference, we offer quick preview into some of the key topics to be presented at the conference, and how they can lead to new insights and solutions for delegates in their work.

Read more: From the desk of the General Manager

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