Kitso  Tlhabanelo

Kitso Tlhabanelo

Senior Associate

Kitso Tlhabanelo is a Senior Associate in our Competition practice. She has acted for various firms in obtaining merger approvals in South Africa and other African jurisdictions such as Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, eSwatini and the Competition Commission for the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Kitso's experience in competition and consumer law advisory spans a wide range of sectors such as Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Grocery Wholesale and Retail, Travel and Tourism, Broadcasting, Advanced OEM Solutions, Energy, Real Estate, Telecommunications, Security, Banking and Financial Services, Education, Healthcare and various subsets of Manufacturing.

Notable transactions that Kitso has been involved in include Legae Securities' acquisition of the businesses of Peregrine Securities, the Public Investment Corporation's acquisition of control over LA Crushers (Pty) Ltd, Robertsons Holdings (Pty) Ltd's (a Remgro owned entity) acquisition of Unilever's spreads business, PAPE Fund's acquisition of Angelo Kater Motor Trimmers (Pty) Ltd and Nedbank Limited's acquisition of General Profiling (Pty) Ltd. Kitso has also been involved in multiple transactions involving the Coca-Cola Company's acquisitions of various bottlers in the COMESA region.

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Kitso joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr as a Candidate Attorney in 2013. She was promoted to Associate in 2015 and was promoted to Senoir Associate in 2018.


  • Guiding clients through merger investigation proceedings and hearings and obtaining merger approvals.
  • Coordinating and obtaining merger approvals for multijurisdictional transactions.
  • Representing clients in merger and complaint proceedings before the competition authorities and appeal courts.
  • Advising on the competition regulatory regimes of other African jurisdictions and regional bodies. Advising clients in the consumer credit and consumer goods sectors in relation to on-going developments in competition, consumer credit and consumer protection law and regulation.
  • Part of the team representing Transpaco Limited in various transactions.
  • Part of the team representing RMB Holdings in obtaining merger approval for its acquisition an interest in Propertuity Limited.
  • Part of the team representing RMB Holdings in obtaining merger approval for its acquisition of an interest in Atterbury Property Holdings Proprietary Limited.
  • Part of the team representing Fidelity Security Group (including its acquisitions of Protea Coin Cash Solutions, ADT Security and Analytical Risk Management t/a 2RM Security).
  • Part of the team representing Delta Property Fund on various property transactions including the acquisitions of property portfolios from Orthotouch Limited and Redefine Limited.
  • Part of the team representing Public Investment Corporation (acting as a funder on behalf of its clients) in obtaining merger approval for various acquisitions including Afgri Poultry Limited t/a Daybreak Farms.
  • Part of the team representing Busamed in certain hospital acquisitions including Hillcrest Hospital, Gateway Hospital and Lowveld Hospital.
  • Part of the team representing Robertsons Proprietary Limited (Remgro) in its acquisition of the Unilever SA spreads business.


  • B.Com Law, LLB, University of Johannesburg (UJ)
  • Competition Law Certificate, University of the Witwatersrand (WITS)
  • Year of admission as an attorney and notary public: 2015
  • Enrolled with the Legal Practice Council