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Webber Wentzel | South Africa | 9 May 2013

Telkom reaches settlement in SAVA matter

Telkom and the Competition Commission have reached a settlement regarding Telkom's appeal and the commission's cross-appeal to the Competition Appeal Court relating to a ruling delivered by the Competition Tribunal in mid-2012. The ruling dealt with complaints made against Telkom by the South African Value Added Networks Services.
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Webber Wentzel | South Africa | 9 May 2013

Glass cartel referred to Competition Tribunal

The Competition Commission has referred a complaint relating to an alleged glass cartel to the Competition Tribunal. The commission alleges that the firms referred to in the complaint were involved in price fixing, market allocation and the fixing of trading conditions for float, laminated and toughened glass in the Gauteng, Free State and Western Cape regions.
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Webber Wentzel | South Africa | 2 May 2013

Tribunal issues decision in exception proceedings on cycling wholesalers

The Competition Tribunal has ruled that the Competition Commission must furnish further particulars in proceedings pertaining to a complaint referral filed by the commission against cycling wholesalers and retailers. The complaint was filed against 20 respondents for price fixing, stemming from an agreement allegedly reached at an industry meeting.
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Webber Wentzel | South Africa | 2 May 2013

Consent agreement between Competition Commission and Egoli Gas

‚ÄčThe Competition Tribunal recently approved a consent agreement between the Competition Commission and Egoli Gas. The agreement will result in Egoli paying an administrative penalty of more than R1.6 million for contravening the Competition Act by entering into a series of agreements with Sasol Gas which contained customer and territorial restraints.
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Webber Wentzel | South Africa | 25 Apr 2013

Competition Commission can now conduct market inquiries

Section 6 of the Competition Amendment Act recently came into effect. As a result, the Competition Commission now has the power to conduct market inquiries, among other things. This may result in the commission making recommendations to the minister for new or amended policy, legislation or regulations or recommendations to other regulatory authorities in respect of competition matters.
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Webber Wentzel | South Africa | 25 Apr 2013

Competition Commission granted leave to file affidavit

The Competition Tribunal recently granted the Competition Commission leave to amend a complaint referral by way of a supplementary affidavit in relation to a complaint of alleged predatory pricing against Media24. The commission claimed that the amendment was justified as new evidence had emerged that had not been made available to the commission at the time that the complaint referral was......
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Webber Wentzel | South Africa | 28 Mar 2013

South African Airways granted conditional exemption

The Competition Commission recently granted South African Airways a conditional exemption for a period of two years for its code-share agreement. The agreement was concluded with Qantas Airways in respect of two direct airline routes between South Africa and Australia. The commission had previously exempted this agreement between the two parties.
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Webber Wentzel | South Africa | 21 Mar 2013

Tribunal appoints expert economist

The Competition Tribunal has appointed an expert economist to evaluate recommendations submitted to the tribunal by the Competition Commission. The evaluation process will allow the tribunal to interrogate the economic analysis conducted by the commission, question the commission on its findings and provide advice to the tribunal panel members assigned to merger hearings.
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Webber Wentzel | South Africa | 21 Mar 2013

Competition Tribunal approves Humulani/High Power merger

The Competition Tribunal has unconditionally approved a merger between High Power Equipment and Humulani Marketing, controlled by Invicta Holdings. The tribunal rejected the Competition Commission's proposed conditions, which were aimed at addressing the commission's alleged competition concerns. The tribunal is yet to provide reasons for rejecting the proposed conditions.
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Webber Wentzel | South Africa | 7 Mar 2013

Absa and Edcon's private label store card portfolio

The Competition Tribunal has conditionally approved a merger between Absa Bank and Edcon's private label store card portfolio. The commission and the merging parties agreed to certain behavioural conditions that would result in the ring-fencing of the portfolio. The tribunal was satisfied that the conditions would eliminate the possibility of anti-competitive conduct post-merger.
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