Region: South Africa

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

South Africa seeks maximum fine against Meta

South Africa’s Competition Commission is seeking a maximum abuse of dominance fine against Meta for allegedly trying to restrict an online “chatbot” from using WhatsApp to provide public health information to citizens on behalf of the government.

15 March 2022

African enforcers adopt joint approach in digital markets

Competition authorities in Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria and South Africa have announced plans to harmonise merger notification frameworks and start sharing information as part of a push to “work more closely” in scrutinising digital markets across Africa.

21 February 2022

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