BTS1201 - South Africa business law A - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Business Law and Taxation

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Tinaye Chivizhe

Unit guides


South Africa

  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Term 2 2018 (On-campus)




An introduction to the South African legal system, its history, structure, and the sources of law. We examine the following areas of commercial law: the general law of contract as well as specialised areas of contract law including the law relating to sales, negotiable instruments, property law, agency law and credit law. We also introduce the various forms of business organisations and insolvency law.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. introduce the South African legal system with an emphasis on its history, structure and sources of law
  2. identify and analyse the law of torts and unjust enrichment
  3. identify and analyse the application of the law as it relates to general as well as specific contracts and negotiable instruments
  4. identify and discuss various forms of business organisations, including the law concerning corporate insolvency
  5. identify and discuss the various aspects of commercial law that are of particular relevance to accountants and auditors.


Within semester assessment: 40% + Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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