Boat operators appear before Competition Tribunal
Investigating collusion in Robben Island ferry tender
SOUTH AFRICA: Two ferry companies that deny charges of price fixing and tender collusion in the Robben Island tender are currently appearing before the Competition Tribunal.
Ferry Charters (Pty) Ltd and Heritage Charters CC deny the allegations brought against them by the Robben Island Museum.
The case relates to a tender issued by the Robben Island Museum for bidders to be listed on its database as preferred service providers. A Commission investigation, following a complaint from the Museum, accused five companies of price fixing and tender collusion.
According to the Commission, the companies met at the Cape Town Fish Market Coffee Shop in September 2015, where they discussed and agreed to increase the prices they would charge when responding to the tender.
Settlements in the matter
Three companies earlier admitted to the charges. In June last year, the Tribunal confirmed their settlement agreements and administrative penalties (fines):
- Thembekile Maritime Services (Pty) Ltd: R350 000.00 penalty;
- Silverbuckle Trade 21 CC t/a Yacoob Yacht: R249 171.72 penalty; and
- Nauticat Charters (Pty) Ltd: R422 083.87 penalty.