Adv Anton Alberts, Member of Parliament and chairperson of the FF Plus, was appointed as the party's premier candidate for Gauteng.
Adv Alberts is a seasoned politician with extensive experience in the international and local legal field.
During his ten years as a Member of Parliament for the FF Plus, he has repeatedly shown that he has communities' best interests at heart, regardless of which political party they support.
Among other things, he was the head of legal affairs at M-Net and he also filled the same position at various Canadian firms. (Full profile and list of parliamentary achievements are attached herewith).
Adv Alberts has basically become a household name for thousands of Transnet pensioners. Not only did he initiate the current class action against Transnet on behalf of the pensioners, but he also shares in the love and loss of more than 40 000 of these pensioners on a daily basis as they look to him for guidance in the matter.
Furthermore, Adv Alberts was instrumental in bringing relief to impoverished Transnet pensioners by negotiating bonuses that were paid out to them.
He also played a key role in initiating the National Consumer Commission's investigation into the problems with the point system used by the holiday club industry in South Africa. The investigation has already progressed quite far.
In 2007, Adv Alberts become an FF Plus councillor in Johannesburg and in 2009, he was appointed as a Member of Parliament. From 2007 to 2014, he served as the FF Plus's deputy leader in Gauteng and from 2014 to 2017, he served as the party's provincial leader. In November 2016, he was elected as the federal chairperson of the FF Plus and he is still serving in that capacity.
Adv Alberts is currently busy with his doctoral studies in law at the University of Cape Town. He is married to Marga Alberts and lives in Equestria, Pretoria.
The FF Plus is honoured to have someone of Adv Alberts' calibre as the party's premier candidate for Gauteng as Gauteng is a very special and important province for the party in the upcoming elections for various reasons:
1. At present, the FF Plus is the third largest opposition party in Gauteng.
2. With the support of minorities, the party can contend strongly with the EFF (the second largest opposition party).
3. As is already the case in Pretoria and Johannesburg, the FF Plus will play an important role in forming a coalition government consisting of opposition parties in Gauteng. Research has shown that is it possible that the ANC's support could drop to below 50% which will allow for a change in government.
4. Gauteng is South Africa's economic engine and, thus, it is important that a responsible government runs the province. As part of the coalition government in Pretoria and Johannesburg, the FF Plus has proven that it can bring about much-needed stability.
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Executive Profile – Anton Alberts
Advocate Anton Alberts is admitted as an advocate/barristor of the High Court of South Africa specialising in the legal fields of media law, ICT and space law. He is currently a Member of Parliament in South Africa and serves as a full member on the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry where he, amongst others, promotes the development of the country’s space industry. He also regularly acts as legal counsel to foreign ICT firms investing in South Africa, ICT firms active in Canada, and several film and television production houses operating in South Africa, Canada and the United States. His career has taken him to interesting places, most notably starting off as a lecturer in Criminal, Corporate and International Law and Human Rights at Technikon SA (now part of the University of South Africa) and Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg), acting as Head of Legal Affairs for M-Net (Africa’s largest pay-TV operator), and acting as Legal Manager at Internet Solutions (part of Dimension Data PLC), Shaw Communications LLP (Canada’s second largest television and Internet company) and Legal Manager at Mobile Data Solutions Incorporated (a Vancouver-based ICT firm). Anton received his legal education at the University of Johannesburg where he obtained the degrees, BA (Law), LL.B, and LL.M (International Law (Cum Laude)), and subsequently received a Canadian law degree equivalency certificate from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, as well as an M.Phil degree in Futures Studies from the University of Stellenbosch. He is a prolific researcher and has published several legal works, most notably the Entertainment Law Edition of Butterworths/LexisNexus’ Forms and Precedents, a chapter in the Internet law publication, Cyberlaw@SA, a chapter in South Africa’s first telecommunications law text book, Telecommunications Law in South Africa and very recently the introductory chapter in the first publication on Sports Law in the country. He also created a certificate course in Entertainment Law at the University of Johannesburg. Anton’s focus is now increasingly on Space Law and its development for a new era of cooperation between States and private industry. He is currently studying towards a PhD in law at the University of Cape Town.
1.1. Notable Legislative Achievements in Parliament:
1.1.1. Drafted Section 22(1)(b) of the Companies Act in Committee (as part of an amendment Act) – with reference to the prohibition on reckless trading - that replaces the insolvency-reference with a more practical draft that refers to the inability of a business “that it is not able to pay its debts as it becomes due and payable in the normal course of business” (now known as the ‘Alberts-Clause’);
1.1.2. Assisted with drafting in Committee the definition of “indigenous community” for insertion in the Copyright Act in relation to indigenous knowledge systems;
1.1.3. Conceptualised and drafted Section 28D(1) of the Copyright Act that creates a legal fiction that deems an indigenous community as a legal person so as to link intellectual property ownership to them as a group.
1.1.4. Instrumental in the insertion of Section 27(4)(bB) in the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) Act that ensures the publication of all economic and environmental impact studies for access by the public in order to adequately respond during public consultation when any toll road is to be declared by SANRAL.
1.2. Notable Other Achievements:
1.2.1. Initiated the ZAR80 billion class action law suit against Transnet (Government Railways) on behalf the members of two Transnet pension funds after all parliamentary remedies were exhausted. This is the largest claim in RSA history;
1.2.2. Initiated the National Consumer Commission’s official investigation into the holiday clubs point-system that affects hundreds of thousands of consumers.