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Competition law in post-pandemic Africa a key driver for change and development
Competition law in post-pandemic Africa a key driver for change and developmentArticle

With the growth of economies across Africa, competition law has remained one of the key drivers for effective market participation, consumer protection and fair business practices...

15 Apr 2021

Mr Price acquisition of Power Fashion comes into effect
Mr Price acquisition of Power Fashion comes into effectArticle

Deal gets green light on condition the merged entity boosts local procurement through the DTIC's clothing sector masterplan...

1 Apr 2021

Mozambican Competition Regulatory Authority now operational - what this means for business
Mozambican Competition Regulatory Authority now operational - what this means for businessArticle

Almost seven years after the promulgation of the competition legislation, the Competition Regulatory Authority (CRA) in Mozambique has became operational...

26 Mar 2021

CCBSA expands B-BBEE employee share ownership scheme
CCBSA expands B-BBEE employee share ownership schemeArticle

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa has increased its B-BBEE ownership to a revised 20% target, with a significant worker ownership component...

8 Feb 2021

#BizTrends2021: 3 big issues demanding legal attention this year
#BizTrends2021: 3 big issues demanding legal attention this yearArticle

Three broad themes emerging in South Africa in 2021, which will require extensive input from the legal profession, are: changes to the economy and regulation prompted by Covid-19; moves by government and the private sector to stimulate economic recovery; and a greater focus on corporate responsibility and consumer protection...

Jonathan Veeran, Nozipho Mngomezulu and Burton Phillips 19 Jan 2021

Wildu du Plessis
#BizTrends2021: Key industry group trends in post-pandemic AfricaArticle

In the midst of the planetary emergency of climate change, Covid-19 is testing modern civilisation's preparedness for shocks, across the spheres of finance, economics and technology; global, national and regional governance; global and population health; social cohesion and food security. This is according to Baker McKenzie's new report, Unprecedented: Converging Crises...

Wildu du Plessis 4 Jan 2021

Digital company acquisitions to face closer scrutiny by competition authorities
Digital company acquisitions to face closer scrutiny by competition authoritiesArticle

The Competition Commissioner during the Commission's Annual Conference (in November 2020), noted that the Commission will take a "decisive and proactive stance to ensure the balance of economic forces favour a shift to facilitating entry and a more competitive digital economy"...

Burton Phillips 1 Dec 2020

Edcon signs agreement to sell parts of Edgars to Retailability
Edcon signs agreement to sell parts of Edgars to RetailabilityArticle

Edcon has signed the purchase agreement for the sale of "parts of Edgars" to competitor Retailability Pty (Ltd) for an undisclosed sum...

25 Aug 2020

TFG reaches agreement with Edcon to buy Jet assets
TFG reaches agreement with Edcon to buy Jet assetsArticle

Foschini and Markham owner TFG announced that it has successfully negotiated and concluded an agreement to buy select assets of value clothing retailer Jet from Edcon...

18 Aug 2020

Distressed M&A: You do not have to sell cheaply, but you must move quickly - Part 2
Distressed M&A: You do not have to sell cheaply, but you must move quickly - Part 2Article

In Part 1 of this article, we looked at the difference between traditional and distressed mergers and acquisitions, and how to overcome some of the challenges involved in the buying and selling of a distressed asset...

Tony Lee and Justin Balkin 20 Jul 2020

M&A in Africa: Bleak skies overhead, but the future looks brighter - Part 1
M&A in Africa: Bleak skies overhead, but the future looks brighter - Part 1Article

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have decreased across Africa in the first half of 2020 in terms of both volume and value, with some exceptions. Going forward, dark clouds remain over the M&A market in Africa in the short-term, but recent developments brighten the continent's prospects for medium-term recovery...

17 Jul 2020

Agreements reached on Covid-19 excessive pricing
Agreements reached on Covid-19 excessive pricingArticle

The Competition Tribunal has confirmed three consent agreements relating to Covid-19 excessive pricing complaints...

10 Jul 2020

Owner of Legit offers to buy part of Edgars
Owner of Legit offers to buy part of EdgarsArticle

Parts of South African retail chain Edgars may be sold to Edcon competitor Retailability Ltd, business rescue practitioners in charge of Edcon's restructuring said...

8 Jul 2020

South Africa: regulating no-poach agreements during the Covid-19 pandemic
South Africa: regulating no-poach agreements during the Covid-19 pandemicArticle

Employers invest considerable amounts of time and resources into sourcing and upskilling talented human capital; however, they are still exposed to the risk of losing their human capital to competitors. To manage this, certain employers have implemented no-poach agreements or clauses...

Lerisha Naidu and Thato Mkhize 5 Jun 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 suppliersArticle

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...

Rosalind Lake 26 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 workArticle

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...

Willem H. Boshoff 14 May 2020

PnP won't enforce exclusive lease agreements against smaller retailers
PnP won't enforce exclusive lease agreements against smaller retailersArticle

Pick n Pay chairman Gareth Ackerman confirmed today that the grocery retailer will refrain from enforcing exclusive lease agreements against smaller competitors...

12 May 2020

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

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...

Lerisha Naidu and Ryan McKerrow 30 Apr 2020

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

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...

Cara du Plessis & Tenisha Burslem-Rotheroe 3 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 moreArticle

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

Cara du Plessis and Tenisha Burslem-Rotheroe 31 Mar 2020

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

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...

Lerisha Naidu and Sphesihle Nxumalo 16 Mar 2020

Sona 2020's impact on the learning year ahead
Sona 2020's impact on the learning year aheadArticle

The State of the Nation address for the year 2020 most certainly has been a memorable one. Despite the 90-minute delay, South Africans were enlightened by the hope of a positive year ahead with many opportunities...

Devan Moonsamy 18 Feb 2020

Uniformly increasing affordability of uniforms
Uniformly increasing affordability of uniformsArticle

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...

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

#BizTrends2020: South Africa - challenges and opportunities in the year ahead
#BizTrends2020: South Africa - challenges and opportunities in the year aheadArticle

South Africa is experiencing a period of prolonged political and economic uncertainty, but the country's commitment to improving the local investment environment, combined with signs of future economic improvement, have resulted in increases in M&A value...

Morne van der Merwe and Wildu du Plessis 8 Jan 2020

Sappi increases pulp integration to secure supply and decrease costs
Sappi increases pulp integration to secure supply and decrease costsArticle

Sappi Limited, a leading global producer of dissolving wood pulp, speciality and packaging papers, graphic paper and biomaterials, has signed an agreement to acquire the 270,000 tpa Matane high yield hardwood pulp mill from Rayonier Advanced Materials for US$175m...

Issued by Sappi 5 Aug 2019

Key Competition Amendment Act provisions are now in force...
Key Competition Amendment Act provisions are now in force...Article

A notice was recently published in the Government Gazette, bringing into force some of the provisions of the Competition Amendment Act...

Lerisha Naidu, Sphesihle Nxumalo and Kirsty Gibson 31 Jul 2019

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Competition Amendment Act gets rollingArticle

On 12 July 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa published a notice in the Government Gazette to immediately bring into force certain of the provisions of the Competition Amendment Act...

Chris Charter & Craig Thomas 15 Jul 2019

National Treasury welcomes IMF policy recommendations
National Treasury welcomes IMF policy recommendationsArticle

National Treasury has welcomed and noted the key risks identified and proposed policy recommendations by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) during a recent visit to the country last month...

4 Jun 2019

The cost of failing to notify authorities of mergers
The cost of failing to notify authorities of mergersArticle

The Competition Commission has sought to provide some guidance regarding the notification and implementation of mergers by publishing Guidelines for the determination of administrative penalties for failure to notify mergers and implementation of mergers contrary to the Competition Act...

Burton Phillips 11 Apr 2019

President to sign Competition Amendment Bill into law
President to sign Competition Amendment Bill into lawArticle

President Cyril Ramaphosa is signing the Competition Amendment Bill into law, which will strengthen regulations against anti-competitive behaviour in industrial markets...

13 Feb 2019

Are you telling me, or are you selling me?
Are you telling me, or are you selling me?Article

Nicci Jones looks at keeping rogue influencers in (legal) check...

nicci jones 29 Aug 2018

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Market concentration is plaguing South Africa's private healthcare marketArticle

The preliminary findings of a recent inquiry into South Africa's private healthcare sector shows worrying trends. Key among the inquiry's revelations are high concentration levels in the market...

Phumudzo Munyai 17 Aug 2018

Bill gives competition authorities teeth to tackle cartels, monopolies
Bill gives competition authorities teeth to tackle cartels, monopoliesArticle

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel says the Competition Amendment Bill will equip competition authorities with the tools to probe anti-competitive behaviour by cartels and monopolies in the economy...

17 Jul 2018

Neal Froneman, CEO: Sibanye-Stillwater
Sarb approves Sibanye Lonmin dealArticle

The South African Reserve Bank has approved Sibanye-Stillwater's proposed acquisition of Lonmin, which was announced on 14 December 2017...

17 May 2018

Daimler, BMW to merge car-sharing services
Daimler, BMW to merge car-sharing servicesArticle

FRANKFURT, Germany - German carmakers Daimler and BMW said on Wednesday they would merge their car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow, creating a European giant with around four million users to take on challengers like Uber...

29 Mar 2018

Construction merger raises questions
Construction merger raises questionsArticle

The Competition Commission has approved, with conditions, the "mergers" - in the form of "economic alliances" - of Raubex, Stefanutti Stocks and Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) and their respective groups of "emerging contractors"...

Mark Allix 15 Feb 2018

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Airlink issues statement on Competition Tribunal investigationArticle

Southern African regional airline, Airlink, has issued a statement acknowledging the Competition Commission's decision to refer complaints of pricing and market access on the Johannesburg-Mthatha route...

15 Feb 2018

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DRDGold deal cracks Competition Authorities nodArticle

The deal in which DRDGold will acquire portions of the WRTRP from Sibanye-Stillwater in exchange for approximately 38% of the former's ordinary share capital has been approved by the Competition Authorities...

8 Feb 2018

(c) Sebnem Ragiboglu -
Little relief in sight for Novus as woes keep piling upArticle

Twelve months ago, it looked as though 2017 was going to be a tough year for print and publishing company Novus...

23 Jan 2018

(c) nyvltart -
Media24 poised to end Novus dealArticle

Novus Holdings, previously part of the Naspers Group, looks set to have its third grim year in a row, with reports that it is set to lose the crucial contract to print Media 24's newspapers and magazines to Caxton and a number of small independent printers...

22 Jan 2018

Stephen Saad, CEO: Aspen. Photo: BusinessLIVE
Aspen claims manipulationArticle

Aspen Pharmacare CEO Stephen Saad says he wants an inquiry into market manipulation after the company's shares slumped on rumours that Viceroy Research was preparing a report on the group...

12 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Eight trends in Competition Law in 2018
#BizTrends2018: Eight trends in Competition Law in 2018Article

As the Competition Amendment Bill seeks to give competition authorities bigger teeth, so we are likely to see greater enforcement and an impact on commercial dealings in the year to come...

Leana Engelbrecht 11 Jan 2018

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Competition Commission gives conditional nod to Old Mutual restructuringArticle

The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that the acquisition by Old Mutual Ltd of Old Mutual plc be approved with conditions...

Linda Ensor 4 Jan 2018

Health Minister's low, single exit-price increase disappoints industry
Health Minister's low, single exit-price increase disappoints industryArticle

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has gazetted an increase in the single exit price for medicines and scheduled substances, which the pharmaceutical industry says is "pitifully low" ...

Linda Ensor 28 Dec 2017

BAT to buy SA's biggest vaping company in a move to 'next-generation products'
BAT to buy SA's biggest vaping company in a move to 'next-generation products'Article

Cigarette giant and rand-hedge British American Tobacco (BAT) SA is buying SA's biggest vaping company, Twisp...

Dave Chambers 22 Dec 2017

Lufthansa chief, Carsten Spohr. Photo: Aero International
Lufthansa eyes EU green light for Air Berlin spoilsArticle

FRANKFURT - German carrier Lufthansa hopes to win EU approval to snap up a slice of bankrupt Air Berlin's operations, after competition concerns forced it to scale back its bid for the homegrown rival...

Estelle Peard and Celine le Prioux 21 Dec 2017

Material hurdles remain
Material hurdles remainArticle

For a short while, some time around 2014, it looked as if the clothing, textile, footwear & leather (CTFL) sector was beginning to recover after almost 20 years of crippling pressure...

20 Nov 2017

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Mega-mergers will squeeze farmers, push up food prices, experts warnArticle

If the world's major agriculture companies go ahead with planned mergers and gain greater control of the way food is produced, farmers will face higher costs and food will eventually become more expensive...

Alex Whiting 24 Oct 2017

Bayer sells crop science units to ease Monsanto takeover
Bayer sells crop science units to ease Monsanto takeoverArticle

Bayer announced a multi-billion-euro deal Friday to sell parts of its agrichemical business to rival BASF, easing the path of its planned takeover of US seed maker Monsanto...

16 Oct 2017

Union hopes to land 18% stake in Coca-Cola bottler
Union hopes to land 18% stake in Coca-Cola bottlerArticle

Katishi Masemola, general secretary of the Food and Allied Workers' Union, is hoping his members will bag an 18% stake in Coca-Cola Beverage South Africa (CCBSA), the largest Coca-Cola bottler in SA...

Ann Crotty 29 Sep 2017

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