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Distell and AB Inbev square off in booze showdown

Distell and AB Inbev square off in booze showdown

13/09/2019 - 10:28
Exclusive branding arrangements with liquor outlets and agreements with sports stadiums took centre stage at Competition Tribunal hearings on Thursday, into Distell's accusation that Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) is contravening the conditions of its 2016 merger with SABMiller. read more
Clover's R4.7bn deal gets Competition Commission nod

Clover's R4.7bn deal gets Competition Commission nod

22/07/2019 - 10:12
The Competition Commission has approved, with conditions, the R4.8bn sale of branded foods and beverages group Clover Industries to a consortium led by Tel Aviv-based Central Bottling Company, Clover said on Friday. read more
SAB close to acquiring Smirnoff drinks range

SAB close to acquiring Smirnoff drinks range

19/07/2019 - 11:27
South African Breweries (SAB) is a step closer to acquiring the Smirnoff ready-to-drink (RTD) range of products, mostly ciders, and mixes, after the Competition Commission announced the approval of the acquisition from Diageo South Africa.  read more
More grocery stores in malls on the cards

More grocery stores in malls on the cards

03/06/2019 - 16:08
The Competition Commission said that it wants Pick n Pay, Woolworths, Spar, and Shoprite to stop enforcing exclusivity clauses in shopping malls they do business to allow for more competition. read more
Competition body criticizes exclusive long-term leases by supermarket chains

Competition body criticizes exclusive long-term leases by supermarket chains

29/05/2019 - 15:01
Long-term exclusive lease agreements by SA's major supermarket chains at shopping centres are stopping new competitors from getting a foothold, the Competition Commission has found.  read more
Competition Commission probes removal of cigarette brands from Spar

Competition Commission probes removal of cigarette brands from Spar

16/04/2019 - 14:32
The Competition Commission is investigating the removal of certain brands of locally-produced cigarettes from the shelves of Spar, according to the Sunday Times. read more
Competition Commission gives Billabong takeover the green light

Competition Commission gives Billabong takeover the green light

13/04/2018 - 08:10
The Competition Commission has approved, with conditions, the acquisition of Australian surf-wear retailer Billabong by global apparel business Boardriders, formerly known as Quiksilver. read more
Competition Commission takes on fresh produce market agents

Competition Commission takes on fresh produce market agents

12/10/2017 - 09:01
The Competition Commission on Wednesday said that the 50-year-old practice by fresh produce market agents of charging fixed commissions to farmers amounts to price fixing.  read more
Township shops ‘bear brunt of unfair practices’ by dominant SA retailers

Township shops ‘bear brunt of unfair practices’ by dominant SA retailers

06/06/2017 - 10:02
SA’s top retailers were accused of anticompetitive behaviour in townships at the Competition Commission’s first public hearings on the retail market in Pretoria on Monday. read more
RSA Group responds to Competition Commission fresh produce allegations

RSA Group responds to Competition Commission fresh produce allegations

30/03/2017 - 15:46
The RSA Group is one of nine firms targeted by the Competition Commission in a number of search and seizure operations carried out at fresh produce markets across the country on the 23rd and 24th of March 2017. read more
Competition Commission places conditions on Pakco deal with Rhodes Food

Competition Commission places conditions on Pakco deal with Rhodes Food

07/03/2017 - 15:06
The Competition Commission placed conditions on two food-group-related deals: Belgian confectioner Puratos’s acquisition of half of Bidcorp’s bakery division, and Rhodes Food’s acquisition of instant mix maker Pakco. read more
Unilever to be charged for cartel activity

Unilever to be charged for cartel activity

01/03/2017 - 17:11
The Competition Commission wants Unilever to pay a fine of 10% of its annual turnover in a cartel case. read more
Parmalat escapes prosecution for bonuses

Parmalat escapes prosecution for bonuses

24/08/2016 - 15:01
The Competition Commission has decided not to prosecute a complaint that it had initiated against Parmalat SA for alleged abuse of dominance. read more
Margarine maker settles with watchdog over collusion with Unilever

Margarine maker settles with watchdog over collusion with Unilever

22/07/2016 - 16:04
Margarine and cooking oil maker Sime Darby Hudson Knight agreed to pay a R35m fine for colluding with Unilever, the Competition Commission said on Thursday. read more
Nestle's pet food unit to merge with owner of Bob Martin

Nestle's pet food unit to merge with owner of Bob Martin

21/07/2016 - 11:28
The Competition Commission on Wednesday approved a merger between Nestle SA's pet food business and the company that owns Bob Martin, which makes snacks and treats for dogs. read more
Margarine producer fined R35m for anticompetitive behaviour

Margarine producer fined R35m for anticompetitive behaviour

18/04/2016 - 12:48
On top of the R35m fine margarine producer Sime Darby Hudson Knight has to pay for anti-competitive behaviour, the company may also face being monitored to ensure that it complies with further remedial action handed down to it for contravening the competition act. read more
Ascendis gets green light to buy Akacia

Ascendis gets green light to buy Akacia

14/04/2016 - 11:36
Johannesburg - Ascendis Health had received the green light from the Competition Commission to proceed with the 100 percent acquisition of pharmaceutical business Akacia Healthcare for R345 million, the health and care brands company announced yesterday (13 April). read more
Patel hopes inquiry into retail will open doors

Patel hopes inquiry into retail will open doors

22/03/2016 - 10:51
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel is looking to the Competition Commission’s inquiry into the grocery retail sector to provide greater access for small retail businesses. read more
Panel appointed for market inquiry into lease agreement exclusivity

Panel appointed for market inquiry into lease agreement exclusivity

19/02/2016 - 12:45
The Competition Commission on Thursday said it had appointed a panel for the Grocery Retail Sector Market Inquiry, which is due to tackle the exclusivity of lease agreements at shopping malls — a battle being fought largely among big retail chains. read more
SAB wins decade-long distribution case again

SAB wins decade-long distribution case again

03/02/2015 - 09:22
The Competition Commission’s decade-long distribution case against brewer SAB has been thwarted once again, this time by the Competition Appeal Court. read more
Takealot, Kalahari merger gets the go ahead

Takealot, Kalahari merger gets the go ahead

06/01/2015 - 12:34
The Competition Commission of South Africa has approved the merger deal between online retailers Kalahari.com and Takealot.com. read more
E-retail sector holds its breath

E-retail sector holds its breath

17/11/2014 - 11:14
Cape Town - Since the announcement of the merger between major online retailers Takealot.com and Kalahari.com, little information has been shared about what customers can expect when (and if) the merger is complete.  read more
Watchdog conditionally approves Clover, Dairybelle deal

Watchdog conditionally approves Clover, Dairybelle deal

20/10/2014 - 12:39
The Competition Commission has recommended a conditional approval of the merger between JSE-listed Clover and Dairybelle’s yoghurt and long-life milk businesses. read more
Commission to appeal tribunal ruling in SAB distribution case

Commission to appeal tribunal ruling in SAB distribution case

16/05/2014 - 09:04
The Competition Commission is going ahead with its appeal against the Competition Tribunal’s decision to dismiss the case against South African Breweries (SAB), along with its independent distributors. read more
Grocery chain Sefalana withdraws lawsuit against Competition Authority, Choppies, Botswana

Grocery chain Sefalana withdraws lawsuit against Competition Authority, Choppies, Botswana

03/10/2013 - 13:00
Local retail chain, Sefalana, has withdrawn a lawsuit it filed at the Lobatse High Court against the Competition Authority (CA), Choppies, SupaSave and MegaSave. Citing market share concerns, Sefalana went to court after it lost the bid to acquire SupaSave and its distribution wing, MegaSave to rival supermarket chain, Choppies. read more
Poultry price may almost double

Poultry price may almost double

11/07/2013 - 10:25
Johannesburg - A complaint was lodged on Wednesday with the Competition Commission against the SA Poultry Association and local frozen chicken producers. read more
Rainbow‚ Foodcorp deal gets the nod

Rainbow‚ Foodcorp deal gets the nod

26/04/2013 - 14:26
Johannesburg - The Competition Tribunal on Thursday approved Rainbow Chicken's [JSE:RBW] acquisition of a 64.2% interest in Foodcorp Holdings with conditions‚ which were not immediately available. read more
Clover and Nestlé SA unveil new entity

Clover and Nestlé SA unveil new entity

04/03/2013 - 07:47
Johannesburg - Clover Industries [JSE:CLR] and Nestlé SA on Friday announced the formation of the new entity‚ called Clover Waters.  read more
Massmart delivers strong total sales growth

Massmart delivers strong total sales growth

28/02/2013 - 08:08
Massmart delivered strong total sales for the six months to December 2012 which increased by 14.7% to R36,122.6 million. After adjusting for foreign exchange movements and Walmart transaction costs, including the R140m additional Supplier Development Fund charge related to the Competition Appeal Court ruling, headline earnings increased by 5.8% and operating profit by 6.1%.  read more
Massmart and government — match made in heaven

Massmart and government — match made in heaven

03/08/2012 - 10:44
What started as a bitter courtroom battle has now turned into a beautiful marriage. read more
Walmart decision is due today

Walmart decision is due today

09/03/2012 - 08:50
Johannesburg - The Competition Appeal Court will release its judgment today on the review of the Walmart-Massmart merger. read more
‘Streamline competition approval of mergers’

‘Streamline competition approval of mergers’

30/11/2011 - 09:54
The Competition Commission should have the discretion to approve large, uncontroversial mergers, and to refer small, problematic mergers to the Competition Tribunal for public hearings, says the former head of its mergers and acquisitions division, Maarten van Hoven.  read more
Ruling on Walmart deal due soon

Ruling on Walmart deal due soon

28/11/2011 - 08:47
Competition Appeal Court Judge President Dennis Davis has said he hopes to announce a decision on Walmart’s purchase of a controlling stake in Massmart by the end of next month. read more
Seed firms appeal ruling

Seed firms appeal ruling

10/11/2011 - 08:39
Johannesburg - US-based multinational seed producer Pioneer Hi-Bred International and the locally based seed company, Pannar Seed, have filed appeal documents with the Competition Appeal Court in an attempt to set aside the Competition Tribunal's ruling which prohibits their merger deal. read more
Motlanthe: SA happy about Walmart deal

Motlanthe: SA happy about Walmart deal

03/11/2011 - 16:36
Cape Town - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Wednesday the government is happy that US retail giant Walmart has chosen SA as an investment destination, and that it has made a comprehensive investment.  read more
In big reversal, South African Competition Commission calls for conditions on Walmart entry

In big reversal, South African Competition Commission calls for conditions on Walmart entry

20/05/2011 - 07:52
Johannesburg - 19 May 2011: The South African Competition Tribunal hearings, which ended on Monday, offered enough proof to the South African Competition Commission that it reversed its earlier decision to recommend the Walmart deal for Massmart go through without conditions. read more
SAB questions authority of regulator

SAB questions authority of regulator

06/04/2011 - 00:00
PRETORIA — The world has changed for antitrust regulators in SA and the Competition Tribunal had to recognise that, South African Breweries (SAB) said yesterday as it argued for the regulator to set aside the complaint referred to it by the Competition Commission. read more