Region: South Africa

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 Africa

30 October 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

K-Line settles South African roll-on, roll-off probe

The Competition Commission of South Africa has reached a settlement agreement with K-Line, under which the Japanese company will pay a 98 million rand (€5.9 million) fine for its role in the global roll-on, roll-off shipping cartel.

21 August 2018

Potential competitor concern may extinguish cigarette deal

The Competition Commission of South Africa has recommended blocking British American Tobacco from buying the country’s leading e-cigarette company, based on concerns about the loss of a potential e-cigarette competitor and exclusionary portfolio effects.

26 July 2018

South Africa’s parliament considers competition reforms

Lawmakers in South Africa are debating amendments to the country’s antitrust laws, which could challenge the Competition Commission’s jurisdiction to review deals that pose national security risks.

17 July 2018

South Africa conditionally clears BASF as divestiture buyer

South Africa’s competition commission has recommended approval of agrochemical company BASF’s acquisition of Bayer’s herbicide business, subject to the requirement that BASF commercialises a genetically modified crop in the country.

09 July 2018

Competition tribunal can resolve shipping dispute, rules South African court

South Africa’s Competition Appeal Court has determined that a shipping dispute between two private entities can be adjudicated by the country’s competition authority, as the authority has concurrent jurisdiction with the port regulator over abuse of dominance in the sector.

05 July 2018

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