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CompetitionCommissionEngineering News reports that the Competition Tribunal has set aside a finding by the Competition Commission in October 2019 against Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), effectively clearing the company of claims that it had breached merger conditions relating to retrenchments.

The matter relates to two mergers involving CCBA subsidiary Coca-Cola Beverages SA (CCBSA), which were approved with conditions in May 2016 and September 2017. CCBA in March this year applied for the commission’s finding and decision to issue it with a ‘Notice of Apparent Breach’ in relation to the merger conditions to be reviewed and set aside. This followed a complaint by the Food and Allied Workers’ Union to the commission in March 2019 that 368 employees were retrenched by CCBSA and that it was in breach of the merger conditions. Following an investigation, the commission concluded that the retrenchments were merger specific. But, the tribunal has since found that CCBA substantially complied with its obligations with respect to the merger conditions and has set aside the notice issued by the commission.

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