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Legislation Commons

High-quality, up-to-date African legislation in HTML, PDF and Akoma Ntoso XML. Creative commons licensed.
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Do you trust legislation that you find on the Internet?
12 Jun 2020 by Greg Kempe

How readers determine if laws they find online are trustworthy and up to date.

Laws can be messy, but they don't have to be
12 Jun 2020 by Mariya Badeva-Bright

The Laws.Africa platform enforces quality of legislation consolidation by incorporating provenance, verification and strict reliance on the government gazette as the source of public record.

Kannaland municipal by-laws are now available on openbylaws.org.za
6 Apr 2020 by Greg Kempe

The by-laws for Kannaland municipality are now available on openbylaws.org.za.

Bergrivier and Cederberg municipal by-laws are now available on openbylaws.org.za
24 Mar 2020 by Greg Kempe

The by-laws for Bergrivier and Cederberg municipalities are now available on openbylaws.org.za.

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