Shareholder interests and good corporate governance in South Africa

Esser, I.-M. (2014) Shareholder interests and good corporate governance in South Africa. Journal of Contemporary Roman Dutch Law, 77, pp. 38-52.

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The rights of shareholders in South Africa are looked at in this article with the view to determine whether these rights will make a difference to how active the shareholders generally will be, also with regard to corporate social responsibility (CSR issues). The focus is on the 2008 Companies Act as well as other self-regulatory codes. A number of provisions in the Act provide shareholders with increased rights and protection. For purposes of this article, these provisions are considered to determine if it can have a positive effect on shareholder activity that subsequently will lead to an increase in good corporate governance principles. The question is also asked as to whether an increase in shareholder activity may actually have a negative impact on CSR. The aim of this article is, therefore, to indicate that shareholders receive ample protection in the Act.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Esser, Professor Irene-Marie
Authors: Esser, I.-M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:Journal of Contemporary Roman Dutch Law

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