Region: South Africa

South African enforcer must reconsider rejection of hostile merger filing

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has ordered the country’s competition authority to reevaluate its decision not to consider a merger notification filed by a major publisher attempting to take over a paper and plastics manufacturer.

03 October 2022

South African editors call for antitrust reform to protect against Big Tech

A journalism-focused non-profit has called on the Competition Commission of South Africa to reform the country’s competition regulation in the digital economy to ensure fair competition between news organisations and large technology platforms like Google and Meta.

23 September 2022

Enforcers in developing countries monitoring EU efforts to regulate Big Tech

Competition officials in South Africa and India have said both agencies are keeping a close eye on the implementation of EU’s Digital Markets Act but it is too early to say if the countries could enact similar regulation.

23 September 2022

South African authority calls for cider sale in Heineken deal

The Competition Commission of South Africa has recommended giving the go-ahead to Heineken’s acquisition of assets from rival Distell, subject to the merged company divesting the Strongbow cider brand within the country.

12 September 2022

South Africa opens excessive pricing probe into Sasol Gas price hike

South Africa’s antitrust watchdog has launched a probe into the country’s largest natural gas supplier, investigating whether its decision to increase gas prices by 96% constitutes excessive pricing.

17 August 2022

South Africa urges Google to make paid advertising boxes more competitive

South Africa’s antitrust enforcer is urging Google to allow rivals to compete more easily for prominence on its search engine and has proposed capping application store commission fees after two years of a digital markets inquiry.

15 July 2022

South African court reinstates enforcer’s remedy breach notice on Coca-Cola bottler

South Africa’s Competition Appeal Court has criticised the competition tribunal for overstepping its merger remedy review powers when overturning the antitrust authority’s finding that a Coca-Cola bottler breached its merger commitments.

24 June 2022

South Africa appoints new head

South Africa’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition has appointed Doris Tshepe to replace Tembinkosi Bonakele as head of the country’s antitrust authority.

13 June 2022

South Africa fines ticket distributor in second exclusivity case

South Africa’s largest events ticket seller has agreed to pay a €671,000 fine to settle an abuse of dominance probe by the country’s competition authority, three years after it was sanctioned for the same conduct during a different time period.

27 May 2022

South Africa blocks paper recycling deal

South Africa’s Competition Commission has blocked paper recycling and packaging manufacturer Corruseal’s proposed purchase of rival Neopak, after rejecting proposed behavioural remedies as well as public interest considerations.

23 March 2022

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