Case against Casalinga set to continue after Tribunal dismisses exception application

 

 

The Competition Tribunal has dismissed an exception application by Casalinga Investments, trading as Waste Rite, that the complaint referred by the Competition Commission to the Tribunal does not support the allegation of the existence of an agreement between Waste Rite and X-Moor Transport, trading as Crossmore.

The collusion, alleged between the two waste management plant and equipment hire companies, relate to a waste management tender issued by Pickitup in October 2017.

In its 15 December order, the Tribunal dismissed Waste Rite’s argument that the affidavit does not contain information to support the allegations against it. The Tribunal gave Waste Rite 20 business days to file and answer to the Commission’s complaint.

The Commission’s complaint was that “Crossmore and Waste Rite submitted a pricing schedule to Pickitup which contained prices for all nine items (in) which their fixed price costs are exactly the same for three consecutive years.”

The nine items were: Landfill Compactor; Bulldozer; Excavator; Front End Loader; Articulated Dump truck; Grader Tractor Loader Backhoe; Water Tanker and Tipper Truck.

The Commission had referred a complaint to the Tribunal alleging WR and Crossmoor Transport were involved in collusive tendering by colluding and submitting fixed prices to a tenderer contravening the Competition Act Section 4(1)(b)(i)/(ii).

 

Issued by:

Chantelle Benjamin

Communications: Competition Tribunal   

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E-Mail: chantelleb@comptrib.co.za

 

On Behalf Of:

Lerato Motaung                                                   

Registrar: Competition Tribunal                                        

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E-Mail: LeratoM@comptrib.co.za