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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

Pick n Pay caps gross profit margin for ginger and garlic
Pick n Pay caps gross profit margin for ginger and garlicArticle

The signing of a Memorandum of Agreement with Pick n Pay confirms that the retailer has capped its gross profit margin for ginger and garlic...

15 Mar 2021

Inquiry into online market dominance: Takealot, UberEats in commission's crosshairs
Inquiry into online market dominance: Takealot, UberEats in commission's crosshairsArticle

The Competition Commission has announced it will be launching an inquiry into the competitiveness of online intermediation platforms...

26 Feb 2021

New competition and service guidelines for the Automotive Aftermarket
New competition and service guidelines for the Automotive AftermarketArticle

In December 2020, the Competition Commission issued the final Guidelines for Competition in the South African Automotive Aftermarket effective as of 1 July 2021. The Guidelines seek to address the constraints to competition in the Automotive Aftermarket Industry...

Bobedi Seleke 15 Jan 2021

What parents need to know before buying back-to-school goods
What parents need to know before buying back-to-school goodsArticle

As schools are set to re-open for the 2021 academic year, the Competition Commission urges institutions and parents to observe the circular on "Procurement of School Uniform and other Learning-Related Goods and Services"...

14 Jan 2021

Darrel Orsmond, financial services industry head, SAP Africa
Four ways banks can win the customer affinity battleArticle

The confluence of economic pressures, the impact of the pandemic and the changing consumer habits brought by the experience economy trend is forcing banks to reimagine how they deliver products and services to customers...

Darrel Orsmond 21 Oct 2020

Competition Tribunal confirms order against Eldan Auto Body
Competition Tribunal confirms order against Eldan Auto BodyArticle

The Competition Commission welcomes the decision of the Competition Tribunal of 12 August 2020, that confirms as an order the settlement agreement between the Commission and a Gauteng based panel beating company...

14 Aug 2020

Cambridge Food Jozini caught hiking prices of maize meal
Cambridge Food Jozini caught hiking prices of maize mealArticle

Cambridge Food Jozini has agreed to reduce its gross profit margin on the 25kg top white maize meal for the duration of the state of the national disaster, and will donate essential goods...

4 Aug 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

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

Dis-Chem fined R1.2m for price inflation
Dis-Chem fined R1.2m for price inflationArticle

The Competition Tribunal has slapped pharmacy group, Dis-Chem, with a R1.2 million fine for excessively overpricing surgical masks during the Covid-19 pandemic...

7 Jul 2020

Companies fined for Covid-19 price gouging
Companies fined for Covid-19 price gougingArticle

The Competition Tribunal has been clamping down on companies that have been hiking prices of sanitisers and masks since the Covid-19 outbreak...

3 Jul 2020

ConCourt rules against Pickfords in cartel case
ConCourt rules against Pickfords in cartel caseArticle

The Competition Commission of South Africa has welcomed the Constitutional Court judgment delivered on Wednesday in the matter between the Commission and Pickfords Removals...

26 Jun 2020

Competition Tribunal fines more mask producers
Competition Tribunal fines more mask producersArticle

The Competition Tribunal has found two Gauteng mask suppliers guilty of inflating prices since the Covid-19 outbreak...

3 Jun 2020

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

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

2 Jun 2020

#YouthMonth: Data prices and education during Covid-19
#YouthMonth: Data prices and education during Covid-19Article

The novel coronavirus has plunged the world into a host of social and economic difficulties. One of which is the fact that studying and working from home in a seamless, comfortable and effective manner, is a privilege very few possess...

Tasia Matlala 29 May 2020

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

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 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

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

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

Big standoff between retailers and landlords looms
Big standoff between retailers and landlords loomsArticle

Shopping centres and large retail outlets are bleeding. With most having to keep their doors closed during the lockdown period, revenue has slowed to a trickle...

Kagiso Mahlangu 7 May 2020

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

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

Putting a stop to price gouging during lockdown
Putting a stop to price gouging during lockdownArticle

Several regulations have been gazetted to protect consumers during the State of National Disaster. One such regulation relates to the prohibition of the excessive pricing of essential goods and services. Essential goods include items such as toilet paper, hand sanitiser and disinfectant cleaners, to name a few...

Bobedi Seleke 24 Apr 2020

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

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

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

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

Marie-Lou Gillespie 2 Apr 2020

Covid-19 regulations for retail landlords
Covid-19 regulations for retail landlordsArticle

On 24 March 2020, the minister of trade, industry and competition published certain regulations entitled Covid-19 Block Exemption for the Retail Property Sector 2020...

William Fullard 1 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

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

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.

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 pricesArticle

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 releasedArticle

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

DStv Media Sales bonus airtime still on offer to small media agencies
DStv Media Sales bonus airtime still on offer to small media agenciesArticle

Now in its third year, DStv Media Sales is offering 25% bonus airtime for every rand of airtime bought by qualifying small agencies...

Issued by DStv Media Sales 21 Feb 2020

Call for comment: second draft of Price Discrimination and Buyer Power Regulations
Call for comment: second draft of Price Discrimination and Buyer Power RegulationsArticle

On 10 October 2019, the Minister of Economic Development published second drafts of the Price Discrimination Regulations and Buyer Power Regulations (collectively, the 2019 Regulations) for public comment (Government Gazette No. 42760 is accessible here).

Daryl Dingley 17 Oct 2019

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Ali Mufuruki to acquire majority in Wananchi CableArticle

Tanzanian businessman Ali Mufuruki has increased his shares in Wananchi Cable Ltd, a company specialising in providing internet access, voice and pay TV...

16 Jul 2019

SA motor code a step closer to becoming law
SA motor code a step closer to becoming lawArticle

After hearing over 80 stakeholders' viewpoints regarding anti-competitive behaviour in the automotive industry, the Competition Commission has commendably decided to take a draft motor code one step further by seeking to implement it in law.

Filum Ho 27 Jun 2019

What you need to know about the Competition Act amendments
What you need to know about the Competition Act amendmentsArticle

Amendments to the Competition Act were published in the Government Gazette in February 2019. These are, however, not yet in force pending the publication of a date to be proclaimed by the President. Some of the more prominent changes to the Act are as follows...

Rishal Bipraj 12 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

SAA settles Comair dispute
SAA settles Comair disputeArticle

South African Airways (SAA) has reached a settlement with Comair following a protracted legal battle, saying it paves the way for the airline to reach financial sustainability...

18 Feb 2019

Dr Binganidzo Muchara
Will the Budget Speech keep the promises of Sona?Article

President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address (Sona) theme was "Following up on our commitments. Making your Future Work Better."...

Binganidzo Muchara 11 Feb 2019

The future of competition law reform in South Africa is now
The future of competition law reform in South Africa is nowArticle

In July 2018, the Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, introduced to Parliament a radical bill aimed at amending the Competition Act...

Leana Engelbrecht 14 Jan 2019

Schools urged to adhere to the school uniform guidelines
Schools urged to adhere to the school uniform guidelinesArticle

The Competition Commission has urged schools to adhere to the school uniform guidelines aimed at curbing anti-competitive behaviour at schools...

9 Jan 2019

If firms with common members bid for a tender, is it collusion?
If firms with common members bid for a tender, is it collusion?Article

In a recent case before the Competition Tribunal, the Tribunal considered whether different firms with common members could argue they were a "single economic entity" to avoid claims of collusion...

Rishal Bipraj 12 Dec 2018

National Assembly passes Competition Amendment Bill
National Assembly passes Competition Amendment BillArticle

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel says the Competition Amendment Bill is "transformative in character" as it will promote the participation of small enterprises in the economy, while aiming to dismantle cartels...

24 Oct 2018

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Wine & Food Tourism conference announces big data speaker lineupArticle

This year's Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference, which takes place on 17 October at Spier near Stellenbosch, has lined up several high-profile international and local speakers, some of whom will discuss the role of big data as part of the event's wider theme of innovation...

9 Oct 2018

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

Eskom tender firms lose bid to have complaint dismissed
Eskom tender firms lose bid to have complaint dismissedArticle

The Competition Tribunal has refused an application to dismiss a complaint against companies accused of price fixing and tender collusion involving a R240m Eskom tender...

13 Aug 2018

Media24 admits to price fixing
Media24 admits to price fixingArticle

Media24 has admitted to price fixing and the fixing of trading conditions, says the Competition Commission of South Africa...

16 Mar 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

Competition Commission refers media firms to tribunal over price fixing claims
Competition Commission refers media firms to tribunal over price fixing claimsArticle

In what looks set to be an extremely drawn-out affair, the Competition Commission has referred 28 media companies to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution on charges of price fixing and the fixing of trading conditions, in contravention of the Competition Act...

Ann Crotty 28 Feb 2018

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