The manufacturing sector plays a pivotal role in the development and growth of an economy due to its forward and backward linkages with other sectors. Economic activity in Johannesburg can also lead to benefits across southern Africa (“the region”) where firms inJohannesburg are key suppliers.
In April 2015, Pioneer Food Group (Pioneer), the leading breakfast cereal producer in South Africa, with popular brands such as ProNutro, Weet-Bix and Bokomo Limited announced that it was planning to enter into a joint venture (JV) with Future Life Health Products (Future Life), a scientifically formulated nutrient-dense functional food products company.
In 2007, the Competition Tribunal of South Africa (“Tribunal”) prohibited the merger between Telkom SOC SA Limited (“Telkom”) and Business Connexion (“BCX”), following a recommendation for prohibition from the Competition Commission of South Africa (“Commission”). At this time, Telkom was the de facto monopoly provider of fixed line infrastructure and services and BCX was an ICT provider.
Lauralyn Kaziboni and Reena Das Nair
Competition investigations on abuse of dominance by near-monopoly beer producers have typically been limited to national boundaries and within the jurisdiction of single national competition authorities. However, it is increasingly recognised that viewing transgressions as neatly falling within political borders is restrictive, and often misses the ‘bigger picture’ of the firm’s overall strategy and conduct.