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Competition Policy News

Japanese shipping liner fined R104m for collusion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th June 2015 The Competition Commission has reached a settlement agreement with Japanese shipping liner Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) for contravening the Competition Act in the transportation of motor vehicles to and from South Africa by sea. This settlement followed the commission’s investigation of... 

Commission gives conditional nod to Hebei, Duferco transaction

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th June 2015 The Competition Commission has given its approval for the intermediate merger between Chinese-owned Hebei Iron and Steel Group and Swiss steel trader Duferco International Trading Holding SA, with conditions.  

Vodacom cautious over Neotel deal approval

By: News24Wire      17th June 2015 Vodacom has expressed cautious welcome over one regulator's approval of its planned bid to buy Neotel. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) earlier this week gave Vodacom the green light to buy Neotel for R7-billion. 

Vodacom cautious over Neotel deal approval

CompComm recommends approval of Astrapak’s PET business offload

By: Natalie Greve     12th June 2015 The Competition Commission has recommended that the Competition Tribunal approve without conditions the R44.4-million acquisition of Astrapak-owned Cinqpet and certain related assets by polyethylene terephthalate (PET) product manufacturer Boxmore. Cinqpet’s business was focused on producing... 

CompComm recommends approval of Astrapak’s PET business offload

Commission gives conditional approval for Hebei, Duferco merger

By: Sashnee Moodley     11th June 2015 The Competition Commission has given its approval for the intermediate merger between Chinese-owned Hebei Iron and Steel Group and Swiss steel trader Duferco International Trading Holding SA, with conditions.  

Commission gives conditional approval for Hebei, Duferco merger

Commission refers Dawn, subsidiaries to tribunal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th May 2015 The Competition Commission has referred a case of alleged collusion against JSE-listed construction materials company Dawn, along with its subsidiaries DPI Plastics, Ubuntu Plastics and Sangio Pipes, to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution. The commission alleged that, in April 2007, Dawn and... 

Commission refers Dawn, subsidiaries to tribunal

IP policy redraft could impact significantly on pharmaceuticals

By: David Oliveira     22nd May 2015 The redraft of South Africa’s intellectual property (IP) policy could have significant ramifications for the pharmaceutical industry, says specialist IP law firm Spoor & Fisher partner David Cochrane. He suggests that the redraft was partially prompted by the concerns of pharmaceutical companies... 

Goldman Sachs bullish on South Africa as favourable investment destination 

By: Martin Creamer     15th April 2015 Leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm Goldman Sachs is bullish on South Africa, which it regards as a favourable destination for fund managers because of the depth of its capital market and the scarcity of other emerging market options. Goldman Sachs... 

Goldman Sachs bullish on South Africa as favourable investment destination
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Competition Commission appoints legal services head

31st March 2015 The Competition Commission has appointed Bukhosibakhe Majenge legal services divisional manager, effective April 1. The commission advised on Tuesday that Majenge would take over from Wendy Ndlovu, appointed manager in the office of the Commissioner. Majenge had worked for the commission for over... 

Competition Commission appoints legal services head

ACSA to pay R2m for price fixing 

By: Sapa     30th March 2015 The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has agreed to pay almost R2-million for fixing the prices of parking bays at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, the Competition Commission said on Monday. "In terms of the settlement, ACSA admits that it engaged in price fixing conduct. ACSA... 

ACSA to pay R2m for price fixing

New tax mooted by DEA could impact negatively on paper industry

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th March 2015 Currently the paper industry is largely responsible for its own collections of recyclable paper needed as a raw material. Owing to transport and labour costs, collection  is an expensive exercise, a situation manufacturers can do little to improve, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South... 

New tax mooted by DEA could impact negatively on paper industry
POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES There is no guarantee that an EPR tax will feed money back into developing the paper and packaging sector

Commission raids premises of Gauteng fire control system suppliers

20th March 2015 The Competition Commission of Friday conducted a search and seizure, or dawn raid, operation at the premises of Gauteng-based fire control and protections systems suppliers Belfa Fire, Cross Fire Management, Fire Control Systems, QD Air, Technological Fire Innovations and Fireco. The raid formed... 

Commission raids premises of Gauteng fire control system suppliers

‘Good prospects of success’ in opposing collusion cases – Group Five

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th March 2015 JSE-listed construction major Group Five says its lawyers have advised it that there are “evidentiary hurdles” in two cases of alleged collusion referred to the Competition Tribunal by the Competition Commission. The commission on Tuesday referred a case of alleged collusive tendering relating to... 

‘Good prospects of success’ in opposing collusion cases – Group Five

Commission refers alleged collusion case against Group Five to tribunal 

By: Natalie Greve     17th March 2015 The Competition Commission on Tuesday referred a case of alleged collusive tendering against construction major Group Five to the Competition Tribunal after an investigation found sufficient evidence that the company allegedly colluded with counterparts WBHO and Murray & Roberts subsidiary Concor... 

Commission refers alleged collusion case against Group Five to tribunal

New fruit cider promotes competition, local production 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2015 Having introduced a new cider category to the South African alcoholic beverage market in 2014, Sweden-based cider producer Rekorderlig aims to encourage innovation and stimulate production in this new cider category in the near future where, much like the Craft Beer revolution, as consumers’... 

New fruit cider promotes competition, local production
Rekorderlig South Africa regional director Ross Young discusses the new Rekorderlig cider and the opportunities it holds for local industry.

Commission refers three cases of alleged collusive tendering against GVK

4th March 2015 The Competition Commission on Wednesday referred three cases of alleged collusive tendering against construction company GVK Siyazama to the Competition Tribunal. The commission requested that a maximum penalty of 10% of GVK’s yearly turnover in respect of each contravention be imposed. 

Commission refers three cases of alleged collusive tendering against GVK

CIDB calls 15 construction companies to a formal inquiry 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th March 2015 South Africa’s Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) has summoned 15 construction companies to appear before an independent investigating committee for a formal inquiry in April. Following its own investigation into collusive practices in the construction industry, the industry body this... 

CIDB calls 15 construction companies to a formal inquiry

Commission refers alleged collusion case against NPC to tribunal 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th February 2015 South Africa’s Competition Commission has referred a case of alleged indirect price fixing and market division against Natal Portland Cement Cimpor (NPC) to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution. The referral followed the commission’s investigation, between 2008 and 2012, of alleged collusive... 

Commission refers alleged collusion case against NPC to tribunal

Bidvest moves to acquire 100% interest in Adcock Ingram

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2015 JSE-listed Adcock Ingram has resolved to terminate its existing black economic-empowerment (BEE) transaction and replace it with a new, more sustainable BEE structure. The company noted that, given its depressed share price, the Adcock A and Adcock B ordinary shares held by BEE shareholders were... 

Bidvest moves to acquire 100% interest in Adcock Ingram

Tribunal hears construction sector settlement agreements

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th February 2015 The Competition Tribunal on Wednesday heard four settlement agreements between the Competition Commission and South African construction companies, which disclosed that they were involved in collusive activities with regard to cover pricing and tender agreements. On February 1, 2011, the... 

Tribunal hears construction sector settlement agreements

Competition authorities should balance public interest, competition considerations in merger decisions

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th February 2015 As the Competition Commission obtains and mulls the inputs in response to its recently published draft guidelines on public interest decisions in merger considerations, stakeholders have warned that public interest issues should not predominate at the expense of competition concerns. The draft... 

Competition authorities should balance public interest, competition considerations in merger decisions

Commission invites public input on private healthcare sector

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th February 2015 South Africa’s Competition Commission on Thursday invited the public to give their input on the submissions made to the commission by the private healthcare sector, as part of a market inquiry into the sector. In January last year, the commission launched the market inquiry into the sector, as it... 

Commission invites public input on private healthcare sector

Wire industry cartel hearing postponed pending appeal decision

By: Natalie Greve     26th January 2015 A Competition Tribunal hearing into alleged cartel activity and price-fixing by several companies in the wire and wire products manufacturing industry was again postponed on Monday pending a decision by the Competition Appeal Court (CAC). Respondents Allens Meshco, Wireforce, Hendok, Independent... 

Wire industry cartel hearing postponed pending appeal decision

CompComm admonishes Allens Meshco respondents for ‘abuse of process’

By: Natalie Greve     23rd January 2015 The Competition Commission has castigated the respondents of a case involving alleged price-fixing in the wire and wire products manufacturing industry, accusing the companies of “abuse of process” by attempting to stall a Competition Tribunal hearing into the alleged cartel activity. The... 

CompComm admonishes Allens Meshco respondents for ‘abuse of process’

Competition Tribunal to hear wire, nail price-fixing cartel allegations

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th January 2015 The Competition Tribunal would this week hear the Competition Commission’s allegations of a price-fixing cartel in the galvanised wire and wire products industry, as well as in the nail supply sector. Wire and wire products manufacturers Allens Meshco, Wireforce, Hendok, Independent Galvanising... 

Competition Tribunal to hear wire, nail price-fixing cartel allegations

Plastics industry plans growth initiative 

By: David Oliveira     16th January 2015 Industry association Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA) will develop implementation and operation plans for four industry initiatives aimed at stimulating growth in the plastics industry in March. Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom tells Engineering News that the first initiative,... 

Plastics industry plans growth  initiative
Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom discusses the plastics industry’s growth initiatives.

Commission vetos Gallagher Convention Centre deal

By: Natalie Greve     6th January 2015 The Competition Commission has prohibited the proposed merger of Atterbell Investment – trading as Gallagher Convention Centre (GCC) – and Hosken Consolidated Investment (HCI), saying on Tuesday that the transaction would lessen competition in the local exhibition and venue industry. If approved,... 

Commission vetos Gallagher Convention Centre deal

CompComm recommends tribunal approval of DiData, MWEB merger

By: Natalie Greve     11th December 2014 The Competition Commission has, following a commission meeting on Tuesday, recommended to the Competition Tribunal that the merger between information technology services group Dimension Data (DiData) and the three divisions of Internet service provider MWEB be approved, with conditions. In terms... 

CompComm recommends tribunal approval of DiData, MWEB merger

CompComm publishes admin penalties guidelines for public comment

By: Natalie Greve     10th December 2014 Following engagements with several stakeholders which stressed the need for the development of rules governing administrative penalties, the Competition Commission has published for public comment draft guidelines for the determination of administrative penalties for prohibited practices.  The... 

CompComm publishes admin penalties guidelines for public comment

New book provides comprehensive guide to South Africa’s IP law

By: Sashnee Moodley     5th December 2014 Specialist intellectual property (IP) law firm Spoor & Fisher in collaboration with the Anton Mostert Chair of IP at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, launched its new IP textbook, titled Dean & Dyer: Introduction to Intellectual Property Law, in Pretoria last month. 

Cable company to pay R80m for collusion

By: Sapa     4th December 2014 Electric cable manufacturing company ATC has agreed to pay R80.7-million in an agreement with the Competition Commission after admitting to collusion, the Competition Tribunal said on Wednesday. The settlement agreement was confirmed as an order of the tribunal on Wednesday, spokesperson Nandi... 

Cable company to pay R80m for collusion

SA R&D expenditure not yet on target  

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd December 2014 While South Africa improved its spending on research and development (R&D) during 2012/13 and halted the “worrying” contractions experienced in 2009/10 and 2010/11, the nation had failed to achieve its years-long target of spending 1% of gross domestic product (GDP) on R&D. With the release of... 

SA R&D expenditure not yet on target
Science & Technology Minister Naledi Pandor discusses South Africa's spending on research and development. Recorded: 04.12.14. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Videoediting: Shane Williams.

Competition Commission refers another alleged collusion case to the tribunal

20th November 2014 The Competition Commission would refer a case against Isipani Construction to the Competition Tribunal for its alleged involvement in collusive tendering for the building of the 2010 FIFA World Cup stadia. This followed an investigation of the firms that did not participate in the Construction... 

Competition Commission refers another alleged collusion case to the tribunal

Commission grants Aberdare Cables immunity from prosecution

By: Natalie Greve     14th November 2014 Power Technologies subsidiary Aberdare Cables has, in accordance with the Competition Commission’s corporate leniency policy, applied for leniency and been granted conditional immunity against prosecution by the Competition Tribunal in respect of a commission investigation into certain alleged... 

Commission grants Aberdare Cables immunity from prosecution

South Africa begins waking up to the economic potential of waste recycling

By: Schalk Burger     14th November 2014 South Africa lost an estimated R17-billion worth of resources through disposal of waste to landfill in 2012, while the effects of resource scarcity and resource constraints are increasing globally. However, the value to the economy of additional recycling or recovery – including the avoided... 

South Africa begins waking up to the economic potential of waste recycling

Metair assures shareholders it has no connection to collusion investigation

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2014 JSE-listed Metair Investments on Monday assured shareholders that no member of its group had been implicated or listed in connection with the Competition Commission’s investigation into alleged collusion within the South African automotive component industry. The commission this month said it... 

Commission eyes reopening of supermarkets investigation

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th October 2014 The Competition Commission was mulling the reopening of an investigation into exclusivity clauses placed within long-term lease agreements between owners of large retail shopping centres and retail anchor tenants across the country after complaints from commercial property owners. The South... 

Commission eyes reopening of supermarkets investigation

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