Organisation: Competition Commission (South Africa)

South African tribunal confirms jurisdiction over sector regulator in excessive pricing cases

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has ruled it has primary jurisdiction to decide excessive pricing cases in the energy market absent an express provision for the sector regulator to hear such matters.

16 May 2023

South African authority calls for shareholder divestments in flag carrier acquisition

South Africa’s Competition Commission has recommended that two minority shareholders divest their stake in a consortium seeking to acquire 51% of South African Airways from the country’s government.

15 May 2023

South Africa approves Microsoft/Activision after Call of Duty assurances

South Africa’s Competition Commission has approved Microsoft’s $67.8 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, following a global assurance from the parties that they will continue to supply the Call of Duty franchise to competitors.

19 April 2023

South African chatbot seeks permission to intervene in Meta abuse hearing

A government chatbot service has asked the Competition Tribunal of South Africa for permission to intervene in the national competition authority’s referral seeking maximum fines against Meta for allegedly blocking the online chatbot from using WhatsApp.

18 April 2023

South Africa wins forex jurisdiction battle again

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has refused to strike out over a dozen banks from the national enforcer’s forex cartel case for a second time, ruling that the agency has jurisdiction to fine foreign banks with no local presence for participating in a price-fixing conspiracy.

31 March 2023

South African enforcer flags ChatGPT concerns in market inquiry

The Competition Commission of South Africa is set to probe concerns about the relationship between digital platforms and news publishers, including how new technologies such as ChatGPT use media content.

20 March 2023

South Africa orders Strongbow sale in €2.2 billion brewery tie-up

South Africa’s specialist competition tribunal has approved Heineken’s proposed acquisition of domestic brewer Distell, conditioned on the divestiture of its Strongbow cider brand plus a package of behavioural remedies to address employment and public interest concerns.

15 March 2023

South Africa requests information exchange remedies in insurance joint venture

The Competition Commission of South Africa has asked the country’s specialist antitrust tribunal to impose conditions on an insurance joint venture between SEM and Allianz Europe due to concerns the deal may facilitate information exchanges between both companies.

01 March 2023

South African tribunal upholds rare merger block

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has backed the country’s antitrust enforcer in blocking a deal between a pair of recycling companies, dismissing a package of newly-proposed remedies that the companies hoped would clinch its approval.

22 February 2023

Incoming antitrust protocol will bring competition law to all of Africa, COMESA head says

The head of COMESA's Competition Commission has said an incoming continent-wide competition protocol inspired by the EU’s Digital Markets Act will ensure all 55 members of the African Union can introduce and strengthen their own antitrust regimes.

20 February 2023

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