The Medicines and Related Substances Control Amendment Act 90 of 1997 (the amendment Act) which amended the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act J 0 I of 1965 (the main Act) has drawn criticism from a number of sources. A recent conference. 'Pharmecon SA '98', was organised by the Institute of International Research and held on 29 and 30 June 1998 to discuss the amendment Act. This article develops some of the points which I made on two sections of the amendment Act at that conference and raises the question of whether more consideration should be given by ministerial departments, legal advisers thereto, other interested parties and, more particularly, by attorneys to potential major changes in the law before those changes are promulgated.
Can a liquor licence be revived more than two months after it has lapsed on account of non-payment of the prescribed licence fees? This simple question has given rise, in the past four years, to a spate of high court judgments, the most recent of which contradicts the earlier decisions. The law on the point is now in a state of confusion, and it is clearly of importance to stakeholders in the liquor industry that the legal position be authoritatively determined as soon as possible.
The politics of parenthood and illegitimacy (a misplaced stigma) revisited The differentiation of the roles of parents is an important factor in discerning the legal rights and obligations that are attached to parenthood. While there may be no quandary in recognising a mother as the unquestionable parent of the child, for various reasons the paternity of such child may be the subject of some doubt. But paternity involves more than just concessions and acknowledgement; it is the active involvement of the father in the life of his child.