Region: South Africa

Top South African court reinstates private hospital deal block

South Africa’s highest court has backed the country’s antitrust authority and specialist competition tribunal in blocking a private healthcare deal, as it criticised an appellate court for overturning a prohibition decision that was not “clearly wrong”.

18 October 2021

South African tribunal backs Coca-Cola bottler in merger remedies dispute

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has rejected a finding by the country’s antitrust watchdog that a Coca-Cola bottler breached merger conditions related to employee lay-offs, ruling that the job terminations were justified due to financial difficulties.

08 September 2021

South African enforcer seeks to reverse Burger King merger block

The Competition Commission of South Africa has backtracked from its controversial decision to block the acquisition of Burger King South Africa, asking the country’s specialist competition tribunal to instead approve the deal subject to multiple public interest commitments.

18 August 2021

South African enforcer allowed to pursue supermarket for subsidiary's abuse of dominance

South Africa’s highest court has refused to allow Shoprite Checkers to appeal against an appellate court decision finding the retailer can be held liable for its subsidiary ticket seller’s allegedly abusive exclusivity requirements.

26 July 2021

South Africa seeks to fine spark plug maker in auto parts probe

The Competition Commission of South Africa has urged the country’s specialist antitrust tribunal to fine NGK Spark Plug Company for its role in the global auto parts cartel.

22 July 2021

South Africa blocks first merger on public interest grounds

The Competition Commission of South Africa has blocked a merger for the first time on public interest grounds, after prohibiting a private equity firm from purchasing a Burger King franchise and meat plant.

02 June 2021

South Africa amends merger guidance to capture digital deals

The Competition Commission of South Africa plans to call in below-threshold deals in digital markets to tackle concerns about killer acquisitions, but local lawyers have criticised its “overly cautious” approach.

17 May 2021

South African tribunal imposes interim measures on WhatsApp

The Competition Tribunal of South Africa has ordered WhatsApp to temporarily refrain from removing an online “chatbot” that uses the messaging application to send covid-19 updates and test results to South Africans.

29 March 2021

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

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