Region: South Africa

South African enforcer loses construction case

South Africa’s antitrust enforcer failed to prove a meeting between construction companies led to the alignment of tender bids and the fixing of trade conditions, the Competition Tribunal of South Africa has ruled.

12 April 2019

South Africa issues gun-jumping guidelines

The Competition Commission of South Africa has introduced new guidance that states it will calculate fines for failure to notify a deal based on merger filing fees, and will no longer use a turnover-based methodology.

03 April 2019

Controversial new antitrust law enacted in South Africa

South Africa’s president today signed into force sweeping amendments to the country’s competition regime, but lawyers remain unclear about when and how the new law will be enforced.

13 February 2019

Merger approval is a “once-off affair”, rules top South African court

South Africa’s constitutional court has held that a company does not not need to notify the competition authority when it acquires a new form of control over a subsidiary, provided it previously obtained merger approval from the enforcer.

01 February 2019

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

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