Merger Alert: FirstRand Bank Limited And Kulula Air (Pty) Ltd

 07 December 2021


Type of matter

Parties involved

Tribunal Decision

Large merger

FirstRand Bank Limited And Kulula Air (Pty) Ltd

Approved without conditions


FirstRand Bank Limited And Kulula Air (Pty) Ltd


The Tribunal has unconditionally approved the large merger whereby FirstRand Bank Limited ("FRB") intends to acquire control over the airport lounges (the “Slow Lounge”) business of Kulula Air (Pty) Ltd (“Kulula Air”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Comair Limited (“Comair”).


The FirstRand Group is a financial services provider in South Africa licensed by the South African Reserve Bank. The FirstRand Group offers a universal set of transactional, lending, investment and insurance products and services.


Kulula Air owns and operates the “SLOW” and “SLOW XS” branded airport lounges at OR Tambo International Airport, King Shaka International Airport, Cape Town International Airport and Lanseria International Airport. The Slow Lounges are airport lounges fitted, furnished and operated by Kulula Air with space rented from Airports Company South Africa (“ACSA”).



Issued by:

Gillian de Gouveia, Communications Officer
On behalf of the Competition Tribunal of South Africa
Cell: +27 (0) 82 410 1195
Twitter: @comptrib

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