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The competition tribunal has found giant pharmaceutical retailer Dis-Chem guilty of having fixed prices of essential products at the early stage of the Covid-19 lockdown. The retailer was fined more than R1-million for violating the Competition Act and the Consumer Protection Regulations, which prohibits a dominant firm from charging an excessive price to the detriment of consumers or customers.
The competition tribunal has found giant pharmaceutical retailer Dis-Chem guilty of having fixed prices of essential products at the early stage of the Covid-19 lockdown. The retailer was fined more than R1-million for violating the Competition Act and the Consumer Protection Regulations, which prohibits a dominant firm from charging an excessive price to the detriment of consumers or customers.
Price-gouging Dis-Chem made to pay million rand fine
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A remote island in the shape of a dollar sign
With the help of lawyers, accountants, white-shoe professionals and complicit Western governments, the wealthy and well-connected have avoided paying trillions of dollars in taxes. The cost to governments is estimated at over $800-billion per year. This article from the ICIJ reminds us what tax havens are, how they operate, and why the Panama Papers is still such an important project, four years after it broke.
With the help of lawyers, accountants, white-shoe professionals and complicit Western governments, the wealthy and well-connected have avoided paying trillions of dollars in taxes. The cost to governments is estimated at over $800-billion per year. This article from the ICIJ reminds us what tax havens are, how they operate, and why the Panama Papers is still such an important project, four years after it broke.
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Applications for AG position now open, until 17 July

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Parliament is inviting suitably qualified citizens to apply for the upcoming post of auditor-general. The term of office of the incumbent, Kimi Makwetu, will end on 30 November 2020. Applications must be e-mailed to the secretary of the Ad Hoc Committee on Appointment of the Auditor-General by no later than 16h30 on 17 July 2020.
Parliament is inviting suitably qualified citizens to apply for the upcoming post of auditor-general. The term of office of the incumbent, Kimi Makwetu, will end on 30 November 2020. Applications must be e-mailed to the secretary of the Ad Hoc Committee on Appointment of the Auditor-General by no later than 16h30 on 17 July 2020.
CW urges Parly to appoint new AG transparently and fairly
Corruption Watch has written to the parliamentary ad-hoc committee on the appointment of the auditor-general to express its views, plans, and recommendations around the appointment of Kimi Makwetu's successor. The organisation called for fairness, transparency, and a good dose of public participation. Makwetu's term ends on 30 November 2020.
Corruption Watch has written to the parliamentary ad-hoc committee on the appointment of the auditor-general to express its views, plans, and recommendations around the appointment of Kimi Makwetu's successor. The organisation called for fairness, transparency, and a good dose of public participation. Makwetu's term ends on 30 November 2020.

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Price-gouging Dis-Chem made to pay million rand fine

By Thato Mahlangu Pharmaceutical retailer Dis-Chem has been found guilty by the Competition Tribunal for opportunistically hiking prices for some of its products. The tribunal asked Dis-Chem to pay R1.2-million in administrative penalties for having increased prices of face masks which have been classified as essential products during the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. But Read more >

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