Online purchase and completion of Digital Documents using the e-DOCX Online Platform
Our e-DOCX Online Platform features a number of different Document Suites i.e. Professional Service Agreements e.g. PROCSA Client/Consultant Agreements and Building Contracts/Agreements e.g. JBCC Contracts. These are presented as separate Document Access Services, namely e-PROCSA and e-JBCC, and feature the following two different user options:
Pro Suite is the name given to the option that contain Document Suites that have productivity enhancing facilities that can be used.The major productivity facility is that the information about a new project only needs to be set-up once. This project information is then inserted automatically into any new Document purchased and created, irrespective of which Document Suite a user is working in; saving you a considerable amount of time in the completion of your Documents. Learn More
Basic Suite is an alternative option to Pro Suite and is more suitable for those who do not wish to register for Pro Suite with its productivity enhancing facilities and only want quick and easy online shopping via debit or credit card for Documents with e-mail and printing functionality.
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Pro Suite Premium
An annual subscription service called Pro Suite Premium is now available to all users of the e-CLOUD Construction Document Access Service and enables companies to increase the productivity of their staff by being able to use additional facilities that increases the user’s Document productivity, provides access to Reference information and previous Document Editions, enables secure Online Tendering and provides monetary savings. It is paid monthly by Company Credit / Debit Card. One subscription covers an unlimited number of workstations per office location.Learn More Subscribe
The Law on Electronic Signatures
In business, handwritten signatures are required on nearly every document. However, in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak it has become almost impossible to obtain multiple original handwritten signatures on the same document. But the need to keep the economy going means that we need to find ways to continue to do business and there is in fact law in place in South Africa to help us achieve this.
A possible solution to this obstacle and new era may be found in the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 2002 (ECTA). The ECTA provides for two types of signatures in electronic form: electronic signatures and advanced electronic signatures. How they may be used is unpacked below. Electronic signatures may be used for most transactions unless:
• the law specifically states that they may not be used; or
• the parties to a transaction agree that they may not be used.
Where parties to a transaction have not stipulated the type of electronic signature required, the electronic signature will be binding when:
• a method is used to identify the person and to indicate the person's approval of the information communicated; and
• having regard to all the relevant circumstances at the time the method was used, the method was reliable and appropriate for the purpose for which the information was communicated.
One can take several steps to ensure that the method of electronic signature in use is reliable and appropriate, including:
• using a dedicated organisation domain name that clearly identifies the company to which the signatory belongs;
• utilising a service provider in order to authenticate the identity of the signatory as well as the time and date of signature.
Public bodies in South Africa can also issue and file documents in electronic form.