Outcome of cases heard by the Tribunal: Thursday 09 May 2019

 09 May 2019

Type of matter

Parties involved

Commission’s recommendation to the Tribunal

Tribunal Decision

Large merger

New Holdco (Pty) Ltd And Edgars Consolidated Stores Ltd

Approval with conditions

Approved with conditions

Consent agreement

Competition Commission And Cables for Africa CC

Make the agreement an order of the Tribunal

Made an order of the Tribunal

Consent agreement

Competition Commission And Freefall Trading1071 CC t/a Indlovu Enterprises

Make the agreement an order of the Tribunal

Made an order of the Tribunal


Tribunal approves Edgars transaction, with conditions


The Competition Tribunal has approved the large merger whereby a new company, registered as K2019216440 (South Africa) Limited, will purchase the entire issued shares of Edgars Consolidated Stores Limited (ECSL).


The Edcon Group (ECSL, Edcon Limited and all their subsidiaries) is in financial distress and at risk of being forced into business rescue or insolvency proceedings. The merger is intended to achieve a restructuring and recapitalisation of the debt and equity structure of Edcon Limited. This is in order to provide a stable platform for the planned turnaround of the Edcon Group.


The transaction has been approved with conditions. These relate to ECSL and Edcon Limited’s commitment to fostering and developing a more competitive production environment in South Africa. This involves increasing local procurement, BEE participation (replacing the Edcon Staff Empowerment Trust to safeguard the rights and interests of beneficiaries) and ensuring that there are no job losses as a result of the merger.


Recently, Edcon’s shareholding in Celrose was acquired by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). This transaction also included local procurement conditions.


Tribunal approves settlements involving power cable companies that colluded in City Power tender


The Tribunal has confirmed two separate consent agreements (settlements) involving power cable companies that tendered collusively in respect of a City Power tender.


Freefall Trading 1071 CC (trading as Indlovu Enterprises) and Cables for Africa CC concluded separate settlements with the Commission. The companies share a common director and provide fault location and testing services on power cables.


Indlovu Enterprises and Cables for Africa have admitted that they discussed their bids and agreed on prices submitted for the City Power tender, to provide cable fault location services in the Johannesburg Metro.


They have agreed to pay administrative penalties of R10 724.15 (ten thousand seven hundred and twenty-four Rand and fifteen cents) and R10 079.50 (ten thousand and seventy-nine Rand and fifty cents) respectively.


The companies, claiming to have contravened the Competition Act in ignorance as they did not know their conduct amounted to a contravention of the Act, have also undertaken to implement and monitor competition law compliance programmes.


Meanwhile, the Commission said its investigation revealed that the companies had also tried to subvert the BEE Act while engaging in the collusive behaviour.


The Commission found that Indlovu had a better BEE level rating than Cables for Africa and that the companies had agreed that whenever Indlovu won a tender, it should subcontract the work to Cables for Africa which was not BEE compliant.


The Commission has confirmed to the Tribunal that it will also refer the matter to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Commission.



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