14 July 2010 by

Electrical cable manufacturers raided by the Commission on suspicion of cartel conduct

The Commission is increasingly opting to make use of its statutory powers of search and seizure in pursuit of suspected cartel behaviour. Most recently, four producers of electrical cables were raided by the Commission. Aberdare Cables (Pty) Ltd, Alvern Cables (Pty) Ltd, South Ocean Electric Wire Company (Pty) Ltd and Tulisa Cables (Pty) Ltd are all involved in the manufacture of high voltage cables for industrial use and low and medium voltage cables for domestic application. 

The Commission suspects that the four cable producers have been involved in price fixing, market allocation and collusive tendering, affecting customers such as power supply authorities, railway and transport authorities, municipalities and construction companies, as well as end-users.

Industries involved in infrastructure remain a priority sector for the Commission, and this case follows investigations into the cement, construction and steel industries.

Chris Charter, Director, Competition
Scarlate Nkiwane, Associate, Competition

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