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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

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

ConCourt clarifies nature of the legislative time-bar in collusion case
ConCourt clarifies nature of the legislative time-bar in collusion caseArticle

The Constitutional Court recently delivered a judgment invalidating the commonly applied legislative interpretation that anti-competitive conduct that ceased more than three years ago would not be vulnerable to prosecution...

Lerisha Naidu and Ryan McKerrow 9 Jul 2020

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

Fertiliser producer gets R30m fine for collusion
Fertiliser producer gets R30m fine for collusionArticle

The Competition Commission has welcomed the decision of the Competition Tribunal to confirm as an order a settlement agreement reached with Omnia Fertilizer Limited...

10 Sep 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

Metroland, citing falling advertising revenues, shuttered three daily and eight community publications ()
Canada's largest newspaper publishers face competition probeArticle

OTTAWA, CANADA - Canada's competition watchdog announced on Monday an investigation of the country's largest newspaper publishers Torstar and Postmedia after the pair swapped and shuttered dozens of dailies last year...

13 Mar 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

Information sharing with competitors can be dangerous
Information sharing with competitors can be dangerousArticle

No business can compete in an information vacuum, as competition does not take place in a vacuum. In order to compete vigorously, one needs information...

Ahmore Burger-Smidt 23 Jun 2017

Recent developments in competition law in Africa
Recent developments in competition law in AfricaArticle

Roughly half of the African continent already has competition legislation in place, although some of these systems are not yet functional, but there are new systems coming into force all the time...

Nick Altini 10 May 2017

Competition Commission can view exclusionary contracts as anticompetitive
Competition Commission can view exclusionary contracts as anticompetitiveArticle

Exclusionary arrangements refer to those contractual provisions, which oblige a customer to obtain all its requirements for a particular product, from a particular supplier exclusively, such as school uniforms...

Maryke Zietsman and Paul Coetser 24 Apr 2017

Competition Commission prosecutes recruitment specialists
Competition Commission prosecutes recruitment specialistsArticle

The Competition Commission has decided to prosecute three advertising practitioners specialising in recruitment advertising services for price fixing, market division and collusive tendering...

10 Mar 2017

#Budget2017: Striking the right balance
#Budget2017: Striking the right balanceArticle

Gordhan understands that fiscal rectitude is necessary for the growth and transformation of South Africa's economy...

Kenneth Creamer 23 Feb 2017

ISPA calls on MNOs to enable competition
ISPA calls on MNOs to enable competitionArticle

South Africa's mobile network operators should reduce data prices by launching genuine wholesale service offerings...

11 Nov 2016

Kenyan High Court rules on legality of dawn raids
Kenyan High Court rules on legality of dawn raidsArticle

The High Court of Kenya handed down judgment on the first competition case in Kenya, in the matter between Mea Limited and the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK), in August this year...

Joyce Karanja-Ng'ang'a and Xolani Nyali 29 Sep 2016

Meter taxi drivers' case against Uber faces uphill task
Meter taxi drivers' case against Uber faces uphill taskArticle

The complaint to the Competition Commission against Uber by eight regional taxi companies and members of the South African Meter Taxi Association alleging that Uber has engaged in predatory pricing...

13 Jun 2016

Criminal sanctions for cartels
Criminal sanctions for cartelsArticle

As of 1 May 2016, the Competition Amendment Act (2009) comes into effect and one of its provisions makes cartel conduct a criminal offence...

Albert Aukema 26 Apr 2016

Second competition authority can hamper business in Africa
Second competition authority can hamper business in AfricaArticle

There has been a strong move to establish national competition authorities across Africa and now, regional competition authorities...

Sandhya Naidoo 26 Feb 2015

Burgan Cape Terminals to file complaint against Chevron
Burgan Cape Terminals to file complaint against ChevronArticle

Burgan Cape Terminals will be filing a complaint against Chevron South Africa with competition authorities next week‚ alleging anti-competitive conduct by the international oil company...

Paul Vecchiatto 4 Dec 2014

Cover pricing is collusive in nature
Cover pricing is collusive in natureArticle

Cover pricing is a practice in terms of which a firm, in response to an invitation to tender, submits a fictitious, higher bid by agreement with its competitor to deliberately lose a tender, thereby ensuring that the competitor with whom the agreement is struck is the successful bidder.

Natalie von Ey and Kitso Tlhabanelo 7 Nov 2014

Cross-shareholdings can create an element of transparency
Cross-shareholdings can create an element of transparencyArticle

Recently the Competition Commission conditionally approved a merger involving two cement producers, Holcim Limited and Lafarge SA.

Nazeera Mia 4 Nov 2014

Leana Engelbrecht
Panel of Private Healthcare Inquiry addresses stakeholdersArticle

On 16 April 2014, the panel of the Competition Commission's Private Healthcare Inquiry, through the presiding chairperson, retired Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo, addressed stakeholders in respect of matters relevant to the Private Healthcare Inquiry.

Leana Engelbrecht 2 Jun 2014

Cell C takes bigger rivals to Competition Commission
Cell C takes bigger rivals to Competition CommissionArticle

Cell C announced on Wednesday (10 October) that it had formally lodged a complaint with the Competition Commission against the dominant incumbent mobile operators‚ MTN and Vodacom‚ for anti-competitive conduct.

10 Oct 2013

Leniency and criminal prosecution - useful guidance from the UK
Leniency and criminal prosecution - useful guidance from the UKArticle

A hot topic has been the conclusion of fast-track settlements between the commission and various firms in the construction industry for their involvement in collusive conduct.

Leana Engelbrecht and Kayley Keylock 15 Aug 2013

Pia Harvey
Senwes, Competition Commission consent order approvedArticle

A complaint referred to the Competition Tribunal (Tribunal) in 2006, which dealt with allegations of anticompetitive business practices on the part of Senwes Ltd (Senwes) relating to grain storage tariffs, resulted in a drawn-out legal process that passed through the Competition Appeal Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) and, eventually, the Constitutional Court.

Pia Harvey 4 Jul 2013

Chris Charter
Tribunal keeps commission's secrets safeArticle

In an interlocutory matter concerning the Competition Commission's ongoing attempt to prosecute Telkom for alleged abuse of dominance in wholesale internet access, the Competition Tribunal has dealt with the extent to which a respondent should have access to the commission's internal reports and other information leading to a referral.

Chris Charter 10 Apr 2013

Chris Charter
The COMESA Competition law regime is bornArticle

The COMESA Competition Commission is intended to administer a supra-regional competition and consumer protection regime, and its sudden appearance on the scene in January 2013 is not without controversy.

Chris Charter 27 Mar 2013

Competition Appeal Court prefers narrow interpretation of Competition Tribunal's powersArticle

The scope of the competition authorities' powers has been the subject of various decisions of the courts in recent times.

Albert Aukema and Andries le Grange 28 Jan 2013

Bread cartel: consumers want actionArticle

An application for a class action against three Western Cape breadmakers - Pioneer Foods‚ Premier Foods‚ and Tiger Consumer Brands - was referred back to the high court by the Supreme Court of Appeal on Thursday (29 November).

Amanda Visser 30 Nov 2012

Competition Commission won't probe SAA
Competition Commission won't probe SAAArticle

The Competition Commission says it does not have any evidence that the Treasury's R5bn guarantee for South African Airways (SAA) amounts to anti-competitive conduct, and has decided not to investigate its distorting effect on the aviation industry

Amanda Visser 12 Nov 2012

SA firms pay for collusion by international affiliatesArticle

On 22 February 2012, the tribunal confirmed the consent order agreement reached between the Competition Commission and Kuehne & Nagel SA. This relates to the same investigation that the Commission and Schenker SA settled earlier this month.

Petra Krusche 29 Feb 2012

Petroleum Industry gets exemption from Competition CommissionArticle

Participants in the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) may enter into the collaborative exchange of information necessary to ensure the stability of supply, as well as efficient use of the supply chain facilities, following the granting of such an exemption by the Competition Commission of South Africa, following its application in April 2010.

12 Oct 2011

Renewable energy bidders to be announced during COP 17
Renewable energy bidders to be announced during COP 17Article

MIDRAND: The Department of Energy intends to announce preferred bidders in renewable technology forms during COP 17 in Durban. At an Independent Power Producers (IPPs) bidders' conference, the department's director general Nelisiwe Magubane said the level of interest by potential bidders was astonishing.

15 Sep 2011

Astral applies for immunity in cartel caseArticle

Astral Foods said on Friday that the Competition Commission had acknowledged receipt of its application for immunity following allegations that one of its business units was involved in anti-competitive behaviour.

12 Sep 2011

Issa Sikiti da Silva
2010 IFE unpacks recovery, empathetic valuesArticle

More than 100 delegates from various industries and 100 exhibitors have convened today, 7 May 2010, at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg for the three-day International Franchise Expo and Convention (IFE) hosted by the Franchise Association of South Africa (FASA). In this age of job losses and economic uncertainty, the focus is being turned on entrepreneurship as an alternative to survive as the global economy recovers and consumer confidence rises again.

Issa Sikiti da Silva 7 May 2010

Tribunal raring to sort out telecomsArticle

The Competition Tribunal is eager to flex its muscles over the telecommunications sector, believing it could create a more affordable and fairer market than the sector's ineffectual regulator has achieved.

Lesley Stones 16 Jul 2009

Petrol industry in the price-fixing hot seatArticle

A new investigation is being launched into alleged price-fixing - this time within the petroleum industry, the Competition Commission announced earlier today.

19 Jan 2009

WAN up in arms over Yahoo-Google ad dealArticle

PARIS: Competition authorities in Europe and North America have been requested to block an advertising agreement between Google and Yahoo on anti-competitive grounds by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN),today, Monday, 15 September 2008. According to WAN, the deal will have a negative impact on the ad revenues that the search giants provide to newspaper and other websites, and on the cost of paid search advertising.

15 Sep 2008

Health Department tackles medicine price fixingArticle

The Department of Health has vowed to get rid of price fixing by pharmaceutical companies in the country's health industry.

Gabi Khumalo 14 Feb 2008

Company news: Medi-Clinic Southern Africa's position on 2008 private hospital tariff increasesArticle

Medi-Clinic Southern Africa (MCSA) wishes to comment on the issues pertaining to the increases in private hospital tariffs, which were highlighted in recent media reports.

Issued by Magna Carta 29 Jan 2008

Competition Commission rules in favour of Cell CArticle

The Competition Commission has referred its finding of price discrimination against MTN to the Competition Tribunal for adjudication, it announced yesterday, Monday, 30 July 2007. The referral arises from a complaint of anti-competitive conduct by MTN in relation to the interconnection fee it charges Cell C for its Community Service Telephones (CSTs).

31 Jul 2007

Promotional competitions - Don't leave it up to chanceArticle

The creativity of those tasked with devising promotional competitions has been severely constrained by legislation in terms of the Lotteries Act which recently came into operation.

Emma Kingdon 25 Jun 2003

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