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CEMS Harvard Referencing Style: Government Publications and Legal Sources

Referencing Government Publications

IN -TEXT CITATION

Statutes and Acts

The Bill of Rights (1996)..

.... (South Africa, Banking Act, 1990, s 38A). 

"....." (South Africa. Banking Act, 1990: ii-iv).

 

Court cases

......(Hoffmann v South African Airways 2001 (1) SA 1 (CC) (hereinafter the Hoffmann case).

"....." (Hoffmann v South African Airways 2001 (1) SA 1 (CC) [137] (hereinafter the Hoffmann case)


Laws have two titles, a long official title, and a short title. The short title is mostly used in text references. The title of the act can be followed by its number and year (as relevant to the act, not the year of publication).



EXAMPLES OF A REFERENCE TO AN ACT OR STATUTE

South Africa. 1962. Income Tax Act 58 of 1962. Available at: <https://www.gov.za/sites/default/files/Act%2058%20of%201962s_0.pdf> [Accessed on: 1 March 2015].

South Africa. 2002. Land and Agricultural Development Bank Act 15 of 2002. Available at: <https://www.gov.za/sites/www.gov.za/files/a15-02.pdf>  [Accessed on: 22 May 2014]

South Africa. 2005. National Credit Act 34 of 2005. Available at: <https://www.legalrights.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/NATIONAL-CREDIT-ACT-NO.-34-OF-2005.pdf> [Accessed on: 1 April 2018].

South Africa. 1990. Banks Act 94 1990 (as amended). Available at: <https://www.resbank.co.za/Lists/News%20and%20Publications/Attachments/2591/Banks+Amendment+Act+2007%5B1%5D.pdf> [Accessed on: 17 July 2017]

South Africa. 1937. Deeds Registries Act 47 of 1937. Pretoria. Government Printer.

 

EXAMPLES OF A REFERENCE TO A COURT CASE

S v Maseko 1990 (1) SACR 107 (A)

Hurwitz v Taylor 1926 TPD 81

Hoffmann v South African Airways 2001 (1) SA 1 (CC)

Metal and Allied Workers Union and another v A Mauchle (Pty) Ltd t/a Precision Tools (1980) 1 ILJ 227 (IC) 152

 

***NB: For more information on legal referencing, please consult the Law Library Guide at: http://libguides.unisa.ac.za/law

 

 

 

The types of publications covered by the term ‘government publications’ will include green and white papers, bills, statutes or acts, amendments to acts, regulations and government notices, all of which are published in the government and provincial gazettes. The annual reports of various government departments and bodies, the parliamentary debates published in the “Hansards”, and various reports and commissions of inquiry all fall into this category. Government or state publications are, generally speaking, examples of works by corporate authors.


IN -TEXT CITATION

South African Central Statistical Service (1996) ...

.... (South Africa, Central Statistical Service, 1996)

"....."  (South Africa, Central Statistical Service, 1996: 171-172 )


‚ÄčFORMAT OF A REFERENCE TO A GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION

Name of country, state or province. The name of the legislative body, court, executive department, bureau, council, commission or committee.  If  supplied, the name of the relevant sections, office, etc, Year of publication. Title. (in italics). Report number (where applicable). Further particulars to be mentioned will depend on the nature of the source. Place of publication: Publisher.


EXAMPLES OF A GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS

South Africa. Central Statistical Service. 1996. Statistical release. PO317. Pretoria: Central Statistical Service.

South Africa. 1980. White paper on the rationalization of the public services and.related institutions. Pretoria: Government Printer.

South Africa. Administration: House of Assembly. Department of Education and Culture. 1985. Annual Report. Pretoria: Government Printer.

South Africa. Commission for Administration. 1980-81. Annual report for the period 1 July. 1980 to 30 June 1981.  Pretoria: Government Printer. (RP 36/1982).

South Africa. Committee of Investigation into the Finances of Local Authorities in South Africa.  (Brown Committee). 1980. Report, part  1. Pretoria: Government Printer. Chairman: C.S. Margo.

You should provide the number of the publication, if it has one, as this helps readers to trace the source.

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