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Guidelines on Sugarcane Master Plan in Place

July 20, 2021

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

Guidelines on collaboration in the implementation of the South African Value Chain Sugarcane Master Plan to 2030 are in place.

The trade, industry and competition department published the Guidelines in Government Gazette 44866.

The Guidelines were drawn up in terms of section 79(1) of the Competition Act.

They are designed to provide guidance to the sugar industry on collaboration in the implementation of industry commitments to increasing sourcing of local sugar as contemplated in the South African Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan to 2030 without raising competition concerns.

The framework for collaboration on local sugar procurement focuses on the process of setting industry local procurement targets, the process of setting individual firm local procurement targets and demand forecasting.

The Guidelines came into effect on the date of publication.

In Gazette 44869, the department republished the Block Exemption for the Security of Supply of Essential Goods Regulations.

The Regulations are designed to exempt firms providing essential goods from Sections 4 and 5 of the Competition Act.

Sections 4 and 5 deal with restrictive horizontal and vertical practices prohibited.

The Regulations are in response to disruptions to the supply chains of essential goods within the country.

The Regulations aim to prevent critical shortages of essential goods within the country and promote the equitable distribution of scarce essential goods across the country to consumers, especially poorer households, and customers, including small businesses.

Agreements or practices exempted include exempted communication and exempted coordination.

The Regulations do not exempt price-fixing and collusive tendering in respect of essential goods and inputs used in the production of essential goods.

They also do not authorize any discussion of the pricing of essential goods and the pricing of inputs used in the production of essential goods.

Essential goods suppliers must keep minutes of meetings held and written records of agreements or practices and submit them to the Competition Commission within a reasonable time.

The Regulations came into effect on the date of publication and remain in force until 15 August 2021 unless extended or withdrawn.

In Gazette 44866, the department announced that the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission will be closed to the public from 10h00 on Friday 24 December 2021 up to and including Friday 31 December 2021.

The lodgment of documents and services of legal documents will be accepted on Thursday 23 December 2021 until 15h30.