Asib af­fil­i­ates un­der sus­pi­cion

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS REPORT -

The com­pa­nies raided by the Com­pe­ti­tion Com­mis­sion yes­ter­day: ANS Fire Pro­tec­tion Ser­vices CC. Ark­sun Fire Equip­ment CC trad­ing as Fire Equip­ment. BH Fire Pro­tec­tion Ser­vices CC. Belfa Coastal Cape. Belfa Coastal Natal. Bhubesi Fire Projects. Chubb Fire and Se­cu­rity KwaZulu-Natal. Coun­try Con­tracts CC. Cross Fire Man­age­ment. Ea­gle Fire Con­trol CC. this car­tel as well as the con­fir­ma­tion of the per­va­sive­ness of car­tels in the con­struc­tion sec­tor,” he said.

Ng­wema added that the com­mis­sion had al­ready in­ves­ti­gated a com­plaint in this in­dus­try, which un­cov­ered long stand­ing col­lu­sive ar­range­ments amongst fire con­trol and pro­tec­tion sys­tems com­pa­nies.

Sev­eral Gaut­eng com­pa­nies have al­ready ad­mit­ted to en­gag­ing in col­lu­sion and con­cluded set­tle­ment agree­ments with the com­mis­sion.

The Com­pe­ti­tion Tri­bunal last month con­firmed sep­a­rate set­tle­ment agree­ments with two firms for col­lu­sion. This fol­lowed a search and seizure dawn raid by com­mis­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tors in March 2015 on the of­fices of six Gaut­eng Fire and Gen­eral CC. Fire Check CC. Fire Con­trol Sys­tems KwaZu­luNatal CC. Fire De­sign CC. Fire Sprin­kler In­stal­la­tions CC. FireCo Cape. FireCo KZN. Jasco Fire So­lu­tions Cape. OVG Fire Man­age­ment. QD Fire Cape CC. Speci­fire. Whip Fire Project. Ram­sin In­dus­trial Sup­plies CC trad­ing as Fire Un­lim­ited. based firms.

Fireco Gaut­eng, now named KRS Fire, agreed to pay a fine of R909 376.29 and Afrion Prop­erty Ser­vices (Afrion) a fine of R327 201.85.

Pros­e­cu­tion

The other com­pa­nies re­ferred to the tri­bunal for pros­e­cu­tion in that case were Belfa Fire, Cross Fire Man­age­ment, Fire Pro­tec­tion Sys­tems, Fireco and Tsh­wane Fire Sprin­klers.

Ng­wema said the premises raided yes­ter­day were lo­cated in Athlone, Mil­ner­ton, Stel­len­bosch, Cen­tury City, West­lake, Bel­lville, Brack­en­fell and Mon­tague Gar­dens in the Western Cape; Pine­town, Spring­field, Chatsworth, Stam­ford Hill, Win­der­mere and Morn­ing­side

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