Region: South Africa

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

South Africa’s 13-year maize cartel probe nears conclusion

South Africa’s antitrust watchdog is nearing the end of its “protracted and complex” maize milling cartel investigation – which began in 2007 – after the country’s competition tribunal confirmed its 14th and penultimate settlement agreement.

11 August 2020

South African court allows enforcer to investigate old conduct

Statute of limitation rules do not prevent South Africa’s competition authority from investigating and issuing decisions against cartels that stopped operating three years before it began scrutinising the alleged infringement, the country’s highest court has ruled.

30 June 2020

South Africa issues first covid-19 excessive pricing fine

South Africa's Competition Tribunal has fined an industrial clothing company for excessive pricing, relying on a novel finding that the face mask supplier was dominant simply because it was able to charge higher prices.

03 June 2020

Faurecia fined for colluding over Daimler tender

Auto parts maker Faurecia has confessed to rigging bids with Eberspächer to supply Mercedes-Benz with exhaust systems, as part of a settlement with South Africa’s competition enforcer.

19 May 2020

An interview with Mondo Mazwai

Mondo Mazwai was appointed to head the Competition Tribunal of South Africa last year, becoming its first female and first black chairperson. She spoke to Emily Craig about responding to the coronavirus pandemic, female representation in antitrust and why the tribunal has overturned a series of decisions by the country’s Competition Commission.

11 May 2020

South African mobile operator agrees to lower data prices

One of South Africa’s largest mobile operators has agreed a set of commitments to address the antitrust authority’s concerns about the rising cost of data services in the country.

30 April 2020

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