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RAF hearings
The hearings start again today. Hope that there will be some good news to report to you all.  Its such a serious issue that it is amazing that organizations like the AA have not done anything or got involved to protect their members.
Posted by Michael de Broglio on Wednesday 03-Aug-05   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments

Latest word on the RAF hearing is Adv Trengrove, formerly briefed by SAAPIL, represented the Dept of Transport and apparently supported removing the common law right.

In another surprise, the betting for this week's Tri Nation game is currently 5/10 All Blacks and the Boks at 22/10.

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Thursday 04-Aug-05   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
JAA always needs volunteers
Most people do not realize that the JAA do nopt pay us a cent for the work we do.  Maybe thats why they call and ask for info or help - and never really return it!  Some do, but thats few and far between.  Not trying to be a martyr, but between this site, and writing almost all the text for the Gauteng Law Council site that is about to go live, thats my whole evening.  Unfortunately, I do also have a life - and sometimes one wonders why we can't get more people contributing their time so that we can all do a bit less, and spread the load further.
Posted by Michael de Broglio on Wednesday 10-Aug-05   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
Blog alone no more
I am shortly to be joined on the JAA Blogs by Leigh and Jacques - which should be fun.  They are both more recent entrant to the JAA than me, but Jacques has already been with us for years and Leigh joined the committee last year.  Both are hard workers and good attorneys who have valid points to make - and who knows - they may even write more about law than I do!
Posted by Michael de Broglio on Friday 12-Aug-05   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
Solo and Dascha
It was quite nice to see that on Friday I was joined by Leigh in writing a blog on the homepage. That's particularly good when, for example, I now also have a legal column on the website of the Gauteng law Council, which I currently Chair. The site can be accessed at www.gautenglaw.co.za and it's certainly worth a look. The different organisations have different roles, and as a compulsory membership organisation, the Gauteng law Council said the hands are easier ways to raise funds than the Johannesburg Attorneys Association. One of the things that I'm finding most useful at the moment, and it's only after a couple of hours of training, is a voice dictation software we am currently using Dragon Naturally Speaking. Anyway, as I see a fire is being lit in my fireplace, which is fascinating my Doberman, Solo, who has just recently been joined by a cheeky 5 kg, six-week old package who goes by the name of Dascha, its time for me to go!
Posted by Michael de Broglio on Sunday 14-Aug-05   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
RAF legislation update
Those of you who follow the Road Accident Fund issue closely may have heard that this week's meeting of the portfolio committee was postponed until, we believe, next week. We will of course continue to keep all of those on our Road Accident Fund newsletter database up to date.
What has been amazing to learn, is how few people in the media have been kept informed by the profession, as to what is going on and the most frequent response our organisation receives, when we talk to media representatives is, " how come nobody told us about it."
Posted by Michael de Broglio on Wednesday 17-Aug-05   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
RAF update Monday 22 Aug
For those interested in the ongoing Road Accident Fund legislation saga, last week's meetings were postponed. We on the JAA will keep you posted of course, and we are aware that a number of other organisations also are keeping their members advised its a very important issue and sadly, no organisation, and that goes for the Johannesburg Attorneys Association too, takes the issue as seriously as it should be taken, given the public interest as well as the involvement of the profession. I say that, aware that the subcommittee is doing what it can, but obviously, when it comes to finances, for example, the committee as a whole takes a democratic decision and we find ourselves in the minority.
Posted by Michael de Broglio on Monday 22-Aug-05   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments
The new committee
Is pretty hard to update your blog when you are under the whip and it comes to your work. Today, nominations for the JAA committee for the next two years, closed. We have 12 positions on the committee and we receive the 11 nominations and I guess that's not bad, for an organisation, which does not pay its committee members. At all other levels within the legal profession, one does receive some compensation and a few benefits. They really aren't any thing with the time you put in, and is still ultimately attracts the people who are prepared to put something back into their profession, but the JAA attracts a harder breed of them! That means you won't be an election at our next AGM, and that's the first in quite some time as during almost all the years when I was chairperson, we had elections some of which were quite tightly contested with as many as 18 candidates. One of our committee members has resigned, but will be staying on the subcommittee where she contributes to conveyancing matters, and another new lady is joining the committee, Ms Desai who I understand is also conveyancer. The JAA really does have a great bunch of people on board, and having successfully dealt with one of our problem staff members, things ahead looked great.
Posted by Michael de Broglio on Wednesday 31-Aug-05   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  Comments

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