Giséle Lavita

Gisele Lavita is a research intern for the South African Research Chair in Property Law and is currently doing her Masters in Property Law at Stellenbosch University. She is also a team leader and fundraising volunteer for Beautiful Life Training and Community Development Organisation. 

Cannabis legislation to bring new highs and lows

Giséle Lavita Opinion 2020-10-27

"The cannabis draft bill seeks to address new possession rules for cannabis users in their private places, as well as rules regarding cultivation of the plant. The cannabis draft bill sets out prescribed quantities for personal use of cannabis, as well as for cultivation purposes."

Court cracks down on lockdown regulations

Giséle Lavita Opinion 2020-07-02

"While the government may have had good intentions behind the lockdown regulations, the government’s paternalistic and draconian response to the COVID-19 pandemic remains an issue of contention for many."

Municipalities bringing power to the people

Giséle Lavita Opinion 2020-05-25

"In terms of the amendments, municipalities will apply to the minister of mineral resources and energy to establish new energy generation capacity in terms of the integrated resource plan found in the electricity regulations on new generation capacity."

Risky reopening of schools?

Giséle Lavita SA Skoleseminaar | Schools Seminar 2020-05-22

"While some provinces may be ready to open schools, others may not be as equipped. Many provinces fear that they may not be able to deliver the required supplies to all schools by the end of May, as they have been struggling with the delivery of sanitisation supplies."

Courts under lockdown

Giséle Lavita Opinion 2020-04-29

"The function of the judiciary is imperative during this time to ensure that amidst a pandemic, the rights and values of the Constitution are upheld."

South Africa's liquor on lockdown

Giséle Lavita Opinion 2020-04-21

"The ban on alcohol does not come without harsh social consequences: substance users who go cold turkey face a real fatality risk; liquor stores have been looted; and shebeen and tavern owners, as well as their employees, are going without income. Furthermore, alcohol is being traded illicitly, which could result in a black market being established."

The low-down on the lockdown

Giséle Lavita Opinion 2020-03-30

"In this time of need, we have seen great generosity, not only from Johann Rupert, Nicky Oppenheimer and Patrice Motsepe, but also from other individuals and businesses, making a difference where they can."

Municipalities get the green light for an independent power supply

Giséle Lavita Opinion 2020-03-11

"President Cyril Ramaphosa has shed some light on the load-shedding debacle through his announcement that financially viable municipalities may now procure electricity from independent power producers (IPPs), due to Eskom’s inability to supply power to the country"

Crippling fear of Corona becomes a South African reality

Giséle Lavita Opinion 2020-03-09

"Feelings of fear and concern are quite understandable, especially in a country with high tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS statistics, but spreading false information will only create more uncertainty and incite fear."

The future of SAA is up in the air

Giséle Lavita Opinion 2020-02-18

"Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi, trusts SAA to transport her between Johannesburg and New York; perhaps it is time we put some faith in them, too."

Is South Africa ready for public unisex toilets?

Giséle Lavita Opinion 2020-01-27

"Ultimately, should unisex bathrooms be implemented, the privacy of all persons should be of great importance, and thus the toilet should be structured in a manner that provides as much privacy to the individual as possible."

Megha millionaires after Megxit

Giséle Lavita Opinion 2020-01-20

"As Harry and Meghan embark on a new journey, I look forward to supporting their new ventures and commend them for their bravery as they take this bold and economically beneficial step."