Region: South Africa

South Africa set to launch online platforms market study

South Africa’s antitrust authority has announced plans to conduct a market study into online platforms, based on its concerns that certain practices may “impede, distort or restrict” competition.

23 February 2021

WhatsApp defends threat to remove covid-19 chatbot

Privacy concerns justify WhatsApp’s threat to ban a South African digital messaging service from using its platform to spread government-issued messages about the coronavirus pandemic, counsel to WhatsApp and Facebook has argued.

18 January 2021

Facebook accused of illegally banning coronavirus messaging service from WhatsApp

An online “chatbot” that uses WhatsApp to send covid-19 updates and test results to South Africans has asked the Competition Tribunal of South Africa for an emergency injunction to stop Facebook kicking it off the platform.

13 January 2021

South Africa: private practice perspective

Featured in Enforcer Hub

18 December 2020

Fasken hires from Hogan Lovells in South Africa

Lesley Morphet has left Hogan Lovells to co-chair Fasken Martineau DuMoulin’s antitrust practice in Johannesburg.

16 December 2020

South Africa

Featured in GCR 100 2021

Competition lawyers in South Africa work on the other side of the table to an enforcer that is unique in prioritising the welfare of historically disadvantaged persons in its analysis and remedies.

11 December 2020

First disputed excessive pricing decision upheld in South Africa

A South African appellate court has upheld a controversial decision to sanction a mask supplier for charging excessive prices during the initial stages of the coronavirus pandemic, but annulled the company’s actual fine due to the limited scope of the infringement.

19 November 2020

South Africa launches new digital strategy

South Africa’s competition enforcer has launched a new strategy to tackle competition issues in digital markets, which includes plans to require certain digital companies to report all national acquisitions.

04 November 2020

South African tribunal dismisses enforcer’s request to block agricultural deal

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has conditionally approved a merger between two grain distributors, despite the country’s competition authority switching its position during the proceedings to argue for the deal’s prohibition.

21 August 2020

South African enforcer loses cement cartel appeal

Attending a meeting where price-fixing or market allocation agreements are made does not automatically prove a company is guilty of participating in a cartel, an appellate court in South Africa has ruled.

14 August 2020

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