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Competition watchdog warns of school uniform collusion

By Thato Mahlangu The Competition Commission is working hard to clamp down on school suppliers who are suspected of dominating in the supply and distribution of school uniform. Some school suppliers may be colluding with school management, including school governing bodies (SGBs), in inflating prices on school uniforms. Our 2018 Analysis of Corruption Trends (ACT) report highlighted Read more >

Private health market poorly run and monopolised

In May 2014 we reported on the start of the Competition Commission’s market inquiry into private healthcare. The healthcare market inquiry (HMI) was set up to probe the general state of competition in this sector to determine what can be done to make accessible, affordable, high quality and advanced private healthcare more widely available in Read more >

Construction collusion still being uncovered

In 2013 news of a major scandal in the construction sector broke, with 15 firms implicated in extensive collusion in Fifa World Cup projects. Corruption Watch was involved in the case, making a submission to the Competition Tribunal which called for those who were affected by the illegal activity to pursue civil claims against the Read more >

Rebuilding trust is the hard part

By Nicola Whittaker The total settlement with 15 companies is in excess of R1.4bn. Aveng, Murray & Roberts, Stefanutti Stocks and WHBO are all individually coughing up in excess of R300m to pay for their sins. Or the sins of their past — and now happily retired — employees, if we are to believe statements Read more >

Collusion is corruption

By David Lewis The past week has been a ­watershed in two related perceptions of corruption in South Africa. The first is that the private sector bears little responsibility for corruption. The second is that no good news regarding corruption ever comes out of the public sector. The notion that the private sector was, at Read more >

Collusion is corruption

By David Lewis The past week has been a ­watershed in two related perceptions of corruption in South Africa. The first is that the private sector bears little responsibility for corruption. The second is that no good news regarding corruption ever comes out of the public sector. The notion that the private sector was, at Read more >

Corruption Watch joins construction cartel hearings

By Nicky Rehbock Corruption Watch today called for all those affected by the recently exposed collusive tendering in the construction industry – including municipalities, provinces and private entities – to institute civil claims for damages suffered. This was made in a submission by the organisation to the Competition Tribunal for the hearings into the R1.46-billion Read more >

R1.5bn construction fines: ‘graft has consequences’

By Valencia Talane Large companies hoping to do work with government in future will have to heed a stern warning from the Competition Commission, which today slapped 15 construction firms with penalties amounting to R1.5-billion for tender-rigging and collusion for projects done between 2006 and 2010. Read the full press release here. The value of Read more >