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Mandatory new job spec: PoPIA requires appointment of Information Officer
Mandatory new job spec: PoPIA requires appointment of Information OfficerArticle

The digital representation of data or personal information, has brought many challenges to protecting privacy rights and thereby protecting individuals...

Ahmore Burger-Smidt and Dimakatso Khumalo 28 Apr 2021

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

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

Why you need to consider PoPI during M&A deals
Why you need to consider PoPI during M&A dealsArticle

If you're considering an M&A deal currently or in the future, PoPI should definitely be at top of the list in terms of due diligence and integration...

Louella Tindale 16 Mar 2021

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#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

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Blueberry dispute: A victory for free markets and competition lawsArticle

Embattled blueberry farmers in South Africa enjoyed their first victory in what is set to become a landmark case for fruit sales and the correct handling of licenced cultivars...

25 Nov 2020

Could the UK Supreme Court decision cause the demise of global Frand licensing?
Could the UK Supreme Court decision cause the demise of global Frand licensing?Article

A recent decision by the UK Supreme Court on Frand licences may initially appear to favour owners of standards essential patents and stimulate global Frand licensing, but could in the longer term have the opposite effect...

Tim Ball 23 Sep 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

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

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

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 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 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

Could Covid-19 create a new normal for commercial teams?
Could Covid-19 create a new normal for commercial teams?Article

The Covid-19 pandemic has ruthlessly swept away many of the assumptions we once held about how companies, economies and governments should work. Regulations that were once sacrosanct - such as competition laws - are being paused to allow large and small retailers to work together to ensure supply chains are robust in a time of upheaval...

Ed Flower 13 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 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

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Don't bank on payment holidaysArticle

The Covid-19 lockdown will have an impact on the nation's pockets, but consumers shouldn't bank on payment holidays from their financial institutions...

27 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

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

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

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How a lack of competition in South Africa's private health sector hurts consumersArticle

An extensive inquiry into South Africa's health market was recently concluded - the first ever process in the country that involved gathering evidence and then studying the private healthcare market from the perspective of competition and competition law...

1 Nov 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

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

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

Dealerships to benefit from new automotive code
Dealerships to benefit from new automotive codeArticle

While dealerships may see the new code intended for the automotive sector as filled with doom and gloom, 'it, in fact, protects and empowers dealerships'...

27 Dec 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

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Volkswagen makes various changes to independent aftermarketArticle

The Right to Repair (R2R) Campaign reports that Volkswagen (VW) has made several changes in relation to the independent aftermarket...

22 Jun 2018

Brand investment rises in East Africa
Brand investment rises in East AfricaArticle

The East African IP landscape has shifted fundamentally, says Bowmans regional IP head...

21 May 2018

Enabling the digitisation of Africa - five strategies
Enabling the digitisation of Africa - five strategiesArticle

South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya make up the top three of the 2018 EDI "digitagility" ranking in Africa which measures the ability of countries to go digital...

10 May 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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Banks and insurers under fireArticle

The Competition Commission is gearing up to play hardball with banks and insurance companies, saying on Thursday that the days for talking were past and it had prioritised the financial services sector for "enforcement"...

Hanna Ziady 19 Feb 2018

Built-in service plans - what are your options?
Built-in service plans - what are your options?Article

So, you've made the decision - you want to buy a car and you've decided which one. A big question you should be asking is how you want to service the car?

Les Mc Master 12 Feb 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

#BizTrends2018: Competition Commission's inquiry into data costs finalised in 2018
#BizTrends2018: Competition Commission's inquiry into data costs finalised in 2018Article

The past two years have seen the Competition Commission undertake a number of market inquiries involving the retail, healthcare and public passenger transport markets. However, few market inquiries have captured the attention of South African consumers more than the inquiry into the high costs of data...

Burton Phillips 8 Jan 2018

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Developing countries need to wake up to the risks of new technologiesArticle

Technological advances associated with the fourth industrial revolution - including artificial intelligence - allow the automation of an increasingly wide array of processes in increasingly interactive and sophisticated ways...

Ralph Hamann 4 Jan 2018

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Proposed code of conduct faces stiff oppositionArticle

Finalising the code of conduct for the motor industry is not going to be an easy process, given the strong opposition from the OEMs to the draft...

13 Nov 2017

Beware: Industry-body pricing structures potentially contravene competition law
Beware: Industry-body pricing structures potentially contravene competition lawArticle

The recent spate of investigations by the South African Competition Commission into price-fixing should serve as a warning to businesses in industries that practice across-the-board, uniform pricing...

23 Oct 2017

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Beef supplier and juice maker agree not to compete - in contravention of competition lawArticle

Two companies - a beef supplier and a juice maker - have been referred by the Competition Commission to the Commission Tribunal after it was found they signed agreements not to compete with each other...

Penwell Dlamini 14 Sep 2017

Cheap data "vital for SA's future"
Cheap data "vital for SA's future"Article

South Africa would struggle to compete in the fourth industrial revolution if its data prices remained high...

Nico Gouws 1 Sep 2017

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Cartel conduct under investigation in KenyaArticle

Leniency for cartel conduct in Kenya has unique elements, according to pan-African law firm Bowman's...

24 Jul 2017

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