Region: South Africa

Tribunal issues back-to-back merger blocks in South Africa

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has blocked two separate deals outright, despite spending almost two years reviewing remedies proposed by the parties in each case.

01 February 2019

Year in Preview: South Africa awaits new competition act

Much has been written about controversial new changes to South Africa’s competition law, but in 2019 the country will see how those unprecedented amendments begin to affect enforcement.

31 January 2019

State broadcaster settles South African cartel probe

The Competition Commission of South Africa has agreed settlements with the country’s state broadcaster and two other media companies for their roles in a long-running cartel that colluded to fix advertising discounts.

28 January 2019

South African enforcer halts market inquiries because of budget constraints

A funding shortage has forced South Africa’s antitrust authority to pause several market inquiries and investigations until the start of the new financial year in April.

25 January 2019

Ticket seller sanctioned for exclusive agreements in South Africa

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has fined online ticket seller Computicket for abusing its dominant position in that market by entering into exclusive agreements with live entertainment providers.

21 January 2019

Parallel pricing not a per-se infringement, South African tribunal rules

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has thrown out a price-fixing complaint against a power cables company, concluding that Tulisa Cables lawfully engaged in price parallelism so it could compete in an oligopolistic market.

18 January 2019

Broadcaster deal required notification, South African enforcer says

South Africa’s specialist antitrust tribunal should reprimand the country’s public broadcaster and pay-TV provider MultiChoice for failing to notify an agreement that restricted the encryption of free to air channels, the country’s competition enforcer has said.

12 November 2018

Judges point to the benefits of specialised courts

Judges from the UK, South Africa and China have highlighted the benefits of increased efficiency and greater predictability that come from sending antitrust cases before specialised courts.

02 November 2018

South African court decides on merger probe powers

The Competition Commission of South Africa can apply the full breadth of its investigative powers to determine whether transactions constitute or give rise to notifiable mergers, the country’s constitutional court has ruled.

02 October 2018

Textbook cartel probe underway in South Africa

South Africa’s Competition Commission has launched an investigation into the Publishers’ Association of South Africa and its 91 members, to determine if they operated a price-fixing cartel dating back to the 1980s.

30 August 2018

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