Johannesburg - An appeal by the government for a review of
the Massmart Holdings [JSE:MSM] Walmart merger is expected to be heard on
Earlier this month, four departments - agriculture, forestry
and fisheries; economic development; and trade and industry - filed their heads
of argument in the Walmart Massmart merger case.
They argued that Walmart's acquisition of Massmart can have
a "potentially devastating" effect on local jobs.
They want transaction to be sent back to the Competition
Tribunal for proper consideration and more effective conditions to be imposed.
The government has argued that the merging parties will
increase imports, relying on Walmart's vast and extensive international
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel raised concern
that tens of thousands of jobs could be lost in the local factories that
currently supply Massmart and other local retailers.
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said there was no
evidence that Massmart would create 15 000 because of the merger, as it had
Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said the
implications of a displacement of local suppliers by Massmart would result in
lost income and most likely the loss of jobs.
The three departments had asked the court to send the matter
back to the Competition Tribunal for a more considered evaluation based on
adequate information from the merger parties with a view to much stronger
conditions being imposed.