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Shell responds to Bitumen anti-trust case

Shell responds to Bitumen anti-trust case

“Shell is committed to compliance with competition laws: it is part of our business principles and the values we hold. Anti-competitive behaviour is not tolerated in our organisation."

Bonang Mohale, Shell South Africa’s Country Chair, made this remark following the Competition Commission’s referral of a case involving its Bitumen business to the Competition Tribunal.

Mohale confirmed that prior to the referral, Shell conducted its own internal investigation and based on its findings, cooperated fully with the Commission’s investigation into potential infringements of competition law in its Bitumen operations while it was a member of the Southern African Bitumen and Tar Association (SABITA).

Mohale added that in recent years Shell has undertaken very extensive training for employees in commercial roles to ensure they understand and comply with competition laws to prevent this type of reoccurrence.

“The activities which are the subject of the Commission’s investigation do not reflect our values.  I wish to reassure everyone of our commitment to compliance and conducting our business in a manner that is fair and ethical.”