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Johannesburg – The competition court on Wednesday upheld settlement agreements for six furniture removal companies that had entered into a collusion.
“In a case involving more than 40 respondents, all of whom are involved in furniture removal, six other companies have now admitted that they participated in tenders between 2007 and 2012,” it said in a statement.
The companies were Matthee Furniture Removals CC, De Wet Human Transport CC as Viking Transport, Superdoc 13 CC as Lowe Line Furniture Removals, Transfreight International CC, JH Retief Transport CC and Joel Transport (Pty) Ltd.
The tribunal first heard the settlement agreements reached between the six companies and the Competition Commission, which investigated the collusion cases before they were confirmed.
According to the commission, furniture removal companies have entered into agreements on tenders from various government departments, including the SA National Defense Force and the SA Police Service, as well as tenders from large companies such as Eskom and Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC).
“The furniture moving companies have agreed to pay administrative fines between R 150,582.45 and R273,060.80 within their respective settlements,” the tribunal said.