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It is every employer's worst nightmare. The employee in whom you invested so much leaves to go and work for a competitor. If the talk around braai fires are anything to go by, agreements in restraint of trade are not worth the paper its written on, right? It seems that every executive has a friend, cousin or ex-colleague who brazenly trashed a restraint of trade that the employer could not or did not want to enforce.

Without detracting from the sage words uttered around sacred fires lit on a Saturday afternoon, what is the view of our judiciary in respect of restrictive covenants? What are the reasonable actions a wily employer could take to increase its prospects for success in litigation to enforce a restraint of trade agreement?
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