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Competition Policy News

DTI forges ahead with product standardisation task

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th June 2019 Following Mining Charter III’s call to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to develop a “Standardised Coding and Product Identification System in the Mining Supply Chain” whereby products can be identified using a unique name and code, the department has established a multistakeholder... 

South Africa tells investigators to clarify rand-rigging charges 

By: Bloomberg     12th June 2019 The Competition Tribunal ordered antitrust investigators to clarify their charges of currency manipulation brought against more than 20 banks, drawing out a four-year legal battle. The tribunal, which adjudicates antitrust cases like a court, found deficiencies in referrals prepared by the... 

South Africa tells investigators to clarify rand-rigging charges

Opinion: New competition legislation could undermine manufacturing competitiveness

31st May 2019 In this opinion article, Manufacturing Circle executive director Philippa Rodseth outlines the organisation’s concerns with the Amended Competition Act, which she argues could create a number of unintended inefficiencies and consequences. 

Opinion: New competition legislation could undermine manufacturing competitiveness

GVK to pay R6m administrative penalty

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2019 Construction company GVK-Siya Zama has admitted to collusion and agreed to pay an administrative penalty of just over R6-million, the Competition Commission said on Tuesday. GVK was charged with price fixing, market division and collusive conduct in the construction industry in contravention of... 

Amended Act a ‘second revolution’ for competition law in South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2019 The Competition Amendment Act, which was signed into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa in February, represents a “second revolution” for competition law in South Africa and will require practitioners to enter territory that is unchartered globally, Justice David Unterhalter argues. Speaking during... 

Amended Act a ‘second revolution’ for competition law in South Africa
Nicola Theron, Norman Manoim, Liberty Mncube and Justice David Unterhalter

Tribunal approves CIVH, Vumatel deal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th April 2019 The Competition Tribunal has approved, subject to conditions, the proposed merger whereby Community Investment Ventures Holdings (CIVH) seeks to increase its shareholding in Vumatel. Following the merger, CIVH, which acquired its initial shares in Vumatel in June 2018, will have sole control of... 

Competition Tribunal unveils new website to provide easier access to information

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2019 The Competition Tribunal on Monday announced that it had rebranded under a new logo and had redone its website to offer easier access to information for companies. The revamped website offers users the latest case information and documentation, breaking news, as well as improving search... 

Air force suppliers to be prosecuted for alleged collusive conduct

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th April 2019 The Competition Commission has referred a case of alleged cartel conduct against network maintenance companies KF Computers and SAAB Grintek Defense to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution.   The two firms have been charged with alleged collusive tendering in respect of a tender that was put... 

Corrugated packaging paper companies prosecuted for collusive conduct

By: Simone Liedtke     15th April 2019 The Competition Commission has referred a case of alleged cartel conduct against packaging and paper companies Mpact and New Era Packaging to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution. The two companies have been charged with fixing prices, dividing markets by allocating customers and tendering... 

Long-running trade dispute between aerospace giants ends with victory for Airbus

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th April 2019 Late last month the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO’s) Appellate Body found that the US had failed to end some of the subsidies awarded by Federal, State and local authorities to aerospace giant Boeing, and to stop the damage these subsidies were causing to Boeing’s Europe-based arch rival... 

Corruption has eroded pillars of democracy – report   

By: Sane Dhlamini     10th April 2019 While South Africans commemorate the late freedom fighter Chris Hani, who was assassinated 26 years ago, civil society organisation Corruption Watch on Wednesday released a report on how corruption has eroded the pillars of democracy. This comes before South Africans cast their votes on May 8 in... 

Corruption has eroded pillars of democracy – report
Photo by Creamer Media
Corruption Watch executive director, David Lewis

Tribunal dismisses commission’s application to amend West Cape referral

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th April 2019 The Competition Tribunal on Tuesday dismissed an application made by the Competition Commission to amend and supplement a complaint referral relating to alleged collusion by construction companies on a tender for the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). The tribunal in August... 

Sapia granted extended exemption for what is normally cartel conduct

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2019 The Competition Commission has extended the petroleum industry’s exemption of industry activities to June 30, following an application by the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia). Ordinarily, the activities of Sapia members would be considered cartel conduct, says the commission.  

SME politics hindering civil projects, says consulting firm

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Government efforts to motivate for the employment of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for civil engineering and construction projects are causing difficulties for local infrastructure projects, says engineering and construction company Hyson Cells CEO and founder Sally Hall. “The... 

SME politics hindering civil projects, says  consulting firm
SME OPPORTUNITIES The most successful projects in which Hyson Cells has been involved are where women-owned teams have been employed

Education important for future of industry – Cesa  

By: Cameron Mackay     5th April 2019 Consulting engineering association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Neresh Pather says introducing new technology subjects at technical high schools will play a critical role in preparing future generations for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the general consulting... 

Education important for future of industry – Cesa
Consulting Engineers South Africa president Neresh Pather & Gauteng Road & Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi discuss education and technology in consulting engineering. Camerawork and Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Tribunal confirms settlement with thirteenth maize company

By: Simone Liedtke     13th March 2019 The Competition Tribunal has confirmed a settlement agreement between the Competition Commission and Paramount Mills, in which the milling company admitted to its involvement in a cartel and agreed to pay an administrative penalty of just over R1.3-million. According to the settlement agreement,... 

Women have only three-quarters of men’s legal rights, affecting work prospects

By: Sane Dhlamini     27th February 2019 If women had equal opportunities to reach their full potential, the world would not only be fairer, it would be prosperous, said World Bank Group interim president Kristalina Georgieva. In its newly released index titled Women, Business and the Law 2019: A Decade of Reform, the World Bank... 

Women have only three-quarters of men’s legal rights, affecting work prospects

What the Competition Amendment Bill means for the economy

By: African News Agency      14th February 2019 Cape Town-based intellectual property law Adams and Adams Attorneys on Thursday welcomed the signing of the Competition Amendment Bill into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa.  Ramaphosa on Wednesday signed the Competition Amendment Bill into law which he said will be a boost for SMEs and economic... 

What the Competition Amendment Bill means for the economy
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Tribunal confirms Alcon Marepha’s settlement and R1.37m fine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th February 2019 The Competition Tribunal on Wednesday confirmed, as an order, a settlement agreement between power cable supplier Alcon Marepha and the Competition Commission, with Alcon to pay an administrative penalty of R1.37-million. Alcon admitted to collusive tendering through the submission of cover... 

Germany presses for changes in EU competition rules after Siemens/Alstom deal blocked

By: Reuters     6th February 2019 Europe should change its competition rules to facilitate cross-border mergers and create European champions which can compete with rivals from China and the United States, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Wednesday. Siemens and Alstom's plan to create a European rail champion... 

Tribunal prohibits merger of steel drum makers Rheem and Greif

By: Schalk Burger     31st January 2019 The Competition Tribunal on Thursday announced that it had prohibited the proposed merger between industrial packaging companies Rheem and Greif, in which Greif would have acquired a majority interest in Rheem. International Greif and local Rheem are suppliers of industrial packaging products,... 

Tribunal to resume hearings into cement industry

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2019 The Competition Tribunal will hear evidence in the cement industry cartel case, when the matter resumes in Pretoria, on Thursday. The case stems from a Competition Commission investigation, which probed alleged collusive conduct in the cement industry against Natal Portland Cement Cimpor (NPC),... 

Computicket to appeal R20m Competition Tribunal fine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st January 2019 Ticketing provider Computicket on Monday said it would appeal a decision by the Competition Tribunal that it used dominance between 2005 and 2010 relating to exclusive agreements with inventory providers for live entertainment events. The Competition Tribunal earlier announced that it had... 

Tulisa cleared of cable price-fixing charges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 The Competition Tribunal has dismissed a case of price fixing against power cable manufacturer Tulisa, after finding that there was insufficient evidence to show the company had been part of a cartel that had allegedly sought to fix the price of power cables from 2001 to 2010. At the time of... 

Sugar dumping remains a crisis for industry  

By: Paige Müller     7th December 2018 While national government has shown a willingness to protect the sugar industry against corrosive trade-dumping practices, nonprofit anti-dumping organisation FairPlay founder Francois Baird emphasises that government’s ineffective administrative processes have made its previous attempts at... 

Sugar dumping remains a crisis  for industry
Anti-dumping organisation FairPlay’s Lebogang Chaka discusses the impact of sugar dumping on the local industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Lack of valve traceability hampers local industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th November 2018 The local valves industry has become extremely competitive, especially since there has been an influx of products that have no traceability, says industrial automation, valve and control supplier Fluid Control Services owner Allen Maguire. Many products are entering the local market from the... 

Lack of valve traceability hampers local industry
VALVE STANDARD The local valves industry needs to conform to a certain standard in terms of traceability

Russian rail group aims to develop newly acquired Boksburg factory into global narrow-gauge hub

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2018 Leading Russian rail engineering group Transmashholding (TMH) confirmed on Wednesday that it, together with its South African partner Mjisa, had completed the acquisition of a 45 000 m2 rail manufacturing facility in Gauteng, South Africa. Black empowerment company Mjisa, which is led by Mafika... 

Russian rail group aims to develop newly acquired Boksburg factory into global narrow-gauge hub
Mjisa Investments director Sam Bhembe, TMH International CEO Martin Vaujour and TMH Africa CEO Jerome Boyet

Companies face prosecution for fixing gas cylinder prices

By: African News Agency      19th October 2018 The Competition Commission on Thursday referred to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution five Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) companies for cartel conduct.  The Commission said that Totalgaz Southern Africa, Oryx Oil South Africa, KayaGas, Easigas and African Oxygen (Afrox), have been charged... 

South Africa elected chair of ACF

18th October 2018 South Africa has been elected chair of the continental competition body, the African Competition Forum (ACF).   The body, which comprises 31 members and five regional competition agencies, voted for three positions that include the chair, vice chair and the steering committee at a biennial... 

South Africa elected chair of ACF

Report error actually ranks S Africa 110 out of 162 in economic freedom   

By: Sane Dhlamini     11th October 2018 South Africa now ranks 110 out of 162 as an economically free country, according to the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) index. The Free Market Foundation (FMF) revealed on Wednesday that South Africa had ranked 94 but an error in World Bank data, spotted and investigated by the FMF’s Eustace... 

Report error actually ranks S Africa 110 out of 162 in economic freedom

Job creation depends on B-BBEE compliance – Commissioner  

By: Sane Dhlamini     26th September 2018 The Commissioner of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission Zodwa Ntuli said job creation, as outlined in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s economic stimulus and recovery plan, would be easily achieved if companies were B-BBEE complaint. Ntuli was addressing the media in... 

Job creation depends on B-BBEE compliance – Commissioner
Photo by Sane Dhlamini
Commission's head of investigation and enforcement Joseph Melodi, Commissioner Zodwa Ntuli, senior manager for compliance Lindiwe Madonsela and senior manager on organisational strategy and performance Thembakazi Dondashe

Tribunal approves OTS’s acquisition of controlling share of Chevron South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2018 The Competition Tribunal on Thursday approved, with conditions, the proposed merger between Off The Shelf Investments 56 (OTS) and Chevron South Africa (CSA). The approval follows after the tribunal heard the second bid to acquire the controlling 75% stake in CSA and after receiving a minor... 

Tribunal confirms Omnia’s R30m penalty in 2003 Nutri-Flow complaint

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th September 2018 The Competition Tribunal has confirmed the settlement agreement between Omnia Fertilizer and the Competition Commission, in which the Omnia Holdings subsidiary agreed to an administrative penalty of R30-million. The agreement stemmed from a 2003 complaint lodged by small fertilizer blender and... 

Busa calls for preservation of ‘yellow card’ regime in Competition Amendment Bill

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2018 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) economic and trade policy director Olivier Serrao has called for the preservation of the “yellow card” regime in the Competition Amendment Bill. The current version of the Bill does away with the “yellow card” regime, which is currently in place through the... 

South African watchdog approves Glencore's bid for Chevron assets

By: Reuters     23rd August 2018 South African competition watchdog has given Glencore's bid worth roughly $900-million for Chevron's local and Botswana assets the green light, it said on Thursday. But the Competition Commission placed a number of conditions on its approval, including the preservation of jobs after the deal and... 

Group Five granted immunity from competition authorities for 15 construction projects 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 The Competition Tribunal has approved a settlement agreement in terms of which construction company Group Five will receive immunity for cooperating with the Competition Commission’s investigation into the construction industry and disclosing its participation in 15 construction projects as a... 

New twist in M&R battle as takeover body disallows further progress on Aveng tie-up

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2018 The protracted tussle for control of Murray & Roberts (M&R) took yet another turn this week, after the Takeover Special Committee (TSC) overturned a June decision by the Takeover Regulation Panel (TRP), allowing M&R to continue with preparations for a potential combination with Aveng, despite the... 

New twist in M&R battle as takeover body disallows further progress on Aveng tie-up
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