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Tribunal to confirm bitumen settlement

2010-06-21 16:51

Johannesburg - The Competition Tribunal will hear an application to confirm a negotiated settlement agreement between the Competition Commission and bitumen manufacturer Masana.

The hearing would take place on Wednesday, it said in a statement on Monday.

The settlement agreement related to price fixing of bitumen and bituminous products in South Africa. In its investigation the Competition Commission found Chevron, Engen, Shell, Total, Masana, Sasol [JSE:SOL] and Tosas had colluded in setting prices from around 2000 until at least December 2009.

Masana admitted contravening the Competition Act by meeting with its competitors and sharing competitively sensitive information. It had agreed to pay an administrative penalty of R13m as well as co-operate with the Competition Commission in its prosecution of any party in the complaint referral.

Masana would also circulate a statement summarising the contents of the settlement agreement to its staff. The company further undertook to develop a compliance programme, incorporating corporate governance, to ensure employees, management and directors did not engage in any prohibited practice.

  - Sapa