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Competition Tribunal penalises face mask producer
Competition Tribunal penalises face mask producer

A Pretoria company is in hot water after implementing excessive price hikes during the Covid-19 pandemic...

2 days ago

Caprichem charged for hiking prices of sanitiser
Caprichem charged for hiking prices of sanitiser

Following complaints from the public, an investigation by the Competition Commission has found Caprichem engaging in excessive pricing of hand sanitiser...

28 May 2020

Competition laws require online platforms in the 'gig economy' to protect SME and black suppliers
Competition laws require online platforms in the 'gig economy' to protect SME and black suppliers

The Competition Act was amended in February 2020 to introduce new rules to protect small, medium and black-owned suppliers in specific sectors (the buyer power provisions). These include the e-commerce and online services sectors...

By Rosalind Lake 26 May 2020

Cell C deal gets approval with conditions
Cell C deal gets approval with conditions

The Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal to conditionally approve the proposed transaction in which Gatsby SPV intends to acquire certain assets of the mobile network operator, Cell C...

21 May 2020

The case for avoiding price controls in times of crisis: they don't work
The case for avoiding price controls in times of crisis: they don't work

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and the initial stockpiling of food and other items, government regulation of the prices of basic food and medical goods has received significant attention...

By Willem H. Boshoff 14 May 2020

Shoprite Group to halt enforcement of exclusive lease contracts
Shoprite Group to halt enforcement of exclusive lease contracts

The Shoprite Group will immediately cease the enforcement of exclusive lease agreements against other supermarkets in non-urban areas...

13 May 2020

Two major suppliers of face masks charged for price gouging
Two major suppliers of face masks charged for price gouging

The Competition Commission has referred two major suppliers to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution for allegedly charging excessive prices on face masks...

13 May 2020

KZN pharmacy admits to excessive pricing of face masks
KZN pharmacy admits to excessive pricing of face masks

A pharmacy based in KwaZulu-Natal has admitted to excessive pricing of face masks in a consent agreement with the Competition Commission...

8 May 2020

Tobacco companies go to court to challenge regulations
Tobacco companies go to court to challenge regulations

Tobacco companies want access to minutes of behind-closed-door meetings where ministers voted on Covid-19-busting regulations...

By Tania Broughton 5 May 2020

Deal-making in a virtual world - a Competition Law perspective
Deal-making in a virtual world - a Competition Law perspective

With the economic effects of Covid-19, at both macro and micro levels, being in a constant state of flux, market responses are largely unpredictable. This, of course, poses significant challenges for many businesses and their stakeholders; but it also presents opportunities...

By Lerisha Naidu and Ryan McKerrow 30 Apr 2020

GRMI recommendations implementation period extended by 3 months
GRMI recommendations implementation period extended by 3 months

The period for lease engagement and agreement-reaching thereof, in respect of all the Grocery Retail Market Inquiry recommendations, has been extended by three months...

30 Apr 2020

MATUS to pay R10.9m for inflating essential hygiene product prices
MATUS to pay R10.9m for inflating essential hygiene product prices

Local company Matus has agreed to pay an administrative penalty of R5.9m after it admitted to inflation of its gross profit margins with regards to essential hygiene products...

30 Apr 2020

Level 4: Hardware, food delivery and winter clothing allowed, but no cigarettes
Level 4: Hardware, food delivery and winter clothing allowed, but no cigarettes

The sale of cigarettes and alcohol will remain prohibited...

30 Apr 2020

Dis-Chem charged with inflating prices of face masks
Dis-Chem charged with inflating prices of face masks

The Competition Commission has found that Dis-Chem Pharmacies has been charging excessive prices on essentials during the State of National Disaster...

24 Apr 2020

Lockdown ban on the sale of hot food faces backlash
Lockdown ban on the sale of hot food faces backlash

Minister of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel said that retailers are not supposed to sell hot prepared foods, and that businesses were told this at the start of the national lockdown...

20 Apr 2020

Covid-19 and competition law: clothes, coffee shops, care services & more
Covid-19 and competition law: clothes, coffee shops, care services & more

Businesses are facing uncertainty worldwide as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Their rights and obligations have come into question, with competition authorities worldwide moving swiftly to provide clarity and guidance...

By Cara du Plessis & Tenisha Burslem-Rotheroe 3 Apr 2020

Covid-19: Block exemption regulations for shopping mall tenants and landlords
Covid-19: Block exemption regulations for shopping mall tenants and landlords

The government has gazetted special regulations that encourage retail tenants to meet with shopping mall owners...

By Marie-Lou Gillespie 2 Apr 2020

Covid-19 and competition law: clothes, coffee shops, care services and more
Covid-19 and competition law: clothes, coffee shops, care services and more

What businesses in the retail sector need to know about competition law in the time of Covid-19...

By Cara du Plessis and Tenisha Burslem-Rotheroe 31 Mar 2020

30 companies investigated for excessive price hikes
30 companies investigated for excessive price hikes

The National Consumer Commission, working jointly with the Competition Commission, has launched an investigation into allegations of excessive price hikes by 30 retailers from various provinces in the country...

27 Mar 2020

Certain grocery items are protected from price gouging under Covid-19 regulations
Competition law exemptions and regulations applicable during Covid-19

The South African government has been promptly responsive in formulating ways in which to maintain business viability so as to minimise the undoubtedly crippling effects of Covid-19 and to ensure swift and effective healthcare service in the country.

By Lerisha Naidu & Sphesihle Nxumalo 26 Mar 2020

Covid-19: Commission to deal with suppliers who inflate prices
Covid-19: Commission to deal with suppliers who inflate prices

The Competition Commission says it has received several complaints from the public about rising prices for essentials such as some food, healthcare and hygiene products...

23 Mar 2020

New regulations to curb stockpiling, price hikes released
New regulations to curb stockpiling, price hikes released

Government has imposed regulations that will limit unjustified price hikes and product stockpiling, to protect consumers, as the number of Covid-19 pandemic cases rise to 150...

20 Mar 2020

Beware of Antitrust Law violations amidst Covid-19
Beware of Antitrust Law violations amidst Covid-19

In these unprecedented times, companies are grappling with the effects of the outbreak on doing business, including formulating ways in which to maintain business performance, at best, and avoid being completely crippled by the effects of the global pandemic, at worst...

By Lerisha Naidu and Sphesihle Nxumalo 16 Mar 2020

Bus operator's application against Prasa dismissed
Bus operator's application against Prasa dismissed

The Competition Tribunal (Tribunal) has dismissed an interim application by the African People Mover (APM), a bus company which sought interim relief from paying access costs at the Park Station bus facility...

5 Mar 2020

Consumers deserve the right to vehicle repairs - safely and reasonably
Consumers deserve the right to vehicle repairs - safely and reasonably

The draft Right2Repair guidelines currently being finalised by the Competition Commission were always bound to provoke opposition from vested interests, citing issues varying from safety concerns to job losses...

2 Mar 2020

Uniformly increasing affordability of uniforms
Uniformly increasing affordability of uniforms

As we gear up for the new year and the return to school for children across the country, we take a look at the intended effects of the Competition Commission's investigation into the pricing of school uniform and the subsequent agreements signed before the Competition Tribunal in 2019...

By Jac Marais, Mia de Jager and Kameel Pancham 14 Jan 2020

#BestofBiz 2019: Legal
#BestofBiz 2019: Legal

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views. Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Legal site over the past year below...

17 Dec 2019

Exorbitant data costs - and other market inquiry findings
Exorbitant data costs - and other market inquiry findings

On Monday, 2 December 2019, the Competition Commission published the final report in relation to its Data Services Market Inquiry. The inquiry was initiated in August 2017 in response to persistent concerns from the public over high data prices...

By Lerisha Naidu, Ryan McKerrow and Kirsty Gibson 4 Dec 2019

Apartheid-era municipal by-laws favour large supermarket chains
Apartheid-era municipal by-laws favour large supermarket chains

A key finding of the Competition Commission's Grocery Retail Market Inquiry highlighted the anti-competitive nature of exclusive tenant clauses in long-term lease agreements...

4 Dec 2019

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