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GovChat gets interim relief in Facebook case

The Competition Tribunal has restrained WhatsApp and Facebook from removing the government’s digital communication platform from the WhatsApp platform, notes BusinessLIVE.

MultiChoice warns Icasa of 'unintended consequences'

African broadcast giant MultiChoice says that attempts by Icasa to level the playing fields among local broadcasters will have unintended consequences. ‘We should not be trying, through regulation, to bring MultiChoice to its knees,’ said MultiChoice Group CEO, Calvo Mawela.

Facebook ‘abusing market dominance’

GovChat claimed in the Competition Tribunal yesterday that Facebook and WhatsApp were abusing their market dominance.

Pick n Pay to drop exclusivity leases in malls

The Competition Commission has signed an agreement of consent with retailer Pick n Pay, seeking to eliminate the company's exclusive leases in shopping malls.

Dis-Chem fined R1-2m for mask price gouging

Among a host of decisions announced bt the Competition Tribunal yesterday, it says it has found Dis-Chem guilty of charging excessive prices for surgical face masks to take advantage of heightened demand during the Covid-19 pandemic, and has ordered it to pay R1.2m.

Firm fined in first contested masks price hikes case

The Competition Tribunal has found a Pretoria-based company guilty of hiking the prices of face masks. Babelegi Workwear and Industrial Supplies CC was fined R76 000, according to TimesLIVE.

Commission approves Cell C recapitalisation

The restructuring of SA’s third-largest mobile operator, Cell C – which will result in a change in shareholders – has been approved by the Competition Commission.

Dis-Chem in bid to buy Baby City for R430m

Dis-Chem has entered into a conditional arrangement to buy Baby City from its founder shareholders, the Aronoff family, for R430m.

Follow the law, tribunal hears in masks case

The law still needs to be followed even during the ‘terrible time’ of the coronavirus pandemic, lawyers for Dis-Chem and another firm charged with excessive pricing have argued in their defence, says a Business Day report.

Pharmacy group fined for face mask price gouging

A pharmacy group accused of charging excessive prices for face masks and hand sanitisers at its Nelspruit and Pretoria branches has agreed to pay a R30 000 fine and make a donation to the Solidarity Fund for Covid-19, says a TimesLIVE report.

Dis-Chem claims it's targeted as a scapegoat

Dis-Chem, answering a case of price gouging, has accused the Competition Commission of ‘scapegoating’ the pharmaceutical retailer to show the public that it can prosecute excessive pricing as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic.

Explain stand on e-commerce, Patel urged

Trade & Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel is under pressure to explain to Parliament the rationale behind restricting e-commerce at a time when many countries are embracing online platforms as part of measures to restrict movement of people to curb the spread of the coronavirus, says a Business Day report.

Commission and MTN reach data price settlement

MTN SA has finally reached a consent agreement with the Competition Commission over data prices, more than six weeks after rival Vodacom did the same.

SAB’s BEE top-up scheme in dispute

The Competition Tribunal has issued an order instructing SA Breweries (SAB) to set aside a portion of its BEE scheme’s top-up benefits for former employees, pending the outcome of the final determination of a Competition Commission investigation.

Commission in battle for authority over non-SA banks

The Competition Appeal Court has given the Competition Commission 40 days to panel beat allegations of currency manipulation by 16 non-SA domiciled banks into a case that will pass legal muster.

New rules toughen up on buyers and suppliers

Recently enacted buyer power and price discrimination provisions of the Competition Act and regulations governing these will have a significant effect on SA businesses on the buyer and supplier sides.

ConCourt blocks bank's bid for collusion evidence

Standard Bank’s attempts to obtain and review evidence gathered against it in relation to charges of currency manipulation and collusion have been turned down by the Constitutional Court.

Most e-hailing taxis operating without licences

Four out of every five e-hailing operators are working without valid licences, according to a key finding of the Competition Commission, which has released its two-part provisional report after its inquiry into the public passenger transport market, and e-hailing and metered taxi services.

Clover ordered to reduce restructuring job cuts

Trade unions emerged as the big winners after the Competition Tribunal ruled yesterday that Clover Industries has to reduce the number of jobs it is cutting as part of its restructuring. According to a Business Day report, the tribunal ruled that the number of employees retrenched has to be reduced to a maximum of 277 from the 516 first proposed by Clover.

SAB gets thumbs up for Guinness brand products

The Competition Tribunal has approved SAB’s acquisition of the SA rights to Smirnoff’s ready-to-drink brands and Guinness-branded products from Diageo, which owns brands such as Johnnie Walker and Captain Morgan.

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