Legislative Drafting


Attorneys at Cheadle Thompson & Haysom Inc. have been substantially involved in the drafting of new legislation and redrafting old legislation since 1994, including the Constitution. In this regard, we are one of few firms that have developed extensive experience in the plain language drafting of legislation. We also have extensive experience in the drafting of provincial laws and regulations and other subordinate legislation. Some of the major laws that the firm has participated in drafting include:

  • the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act, 1996
  • the Labour Relations Act, 1995
  • the South African Schools Act, 1996
  • the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996
  • the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997
  • the Higher Education Act, 1997
  • the Electoral Act, 1998
  • the Employment Equity Act, 1998
  • the Skills Development Act, 1998
  • the Competition Act, 1998
  • the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, 2003

Our drafting experience covers a wide range of topics, including labour market, trade and industry, education and skills development, social development, finance, land and housing. It also includes drafting laws for every sphere of government in South Africa and also at regional and at international level.