JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) --
The South African Competition
Commission fined two chemical companies Investchem and Akulu
Marchon on Thursday for price fixing and dividing markets.
slapped a penalty of 1.8 million U.S. dollars while Akulu will
pay 1.1 million dollars. Between 2003 and 2013, the two
companies agreed to fix prices for surfactants. They also agreed
to divide the market by agreeing not to pursue each others’
“Two companies have
agreed to pay fines after admitting to price fixing and dividing
markets,” said the Competition Commission in a statement.
Surfactants are used
to make detergents, cosmetics, wetting agents, emulsifiers,
foaming agents and toiletries. The Commission conducted a search
and seizure in December 2014 at the two companies to investigate
“Both Investchem and
Akulu have agreed to future conduct that ensures this cartel
conduct does not recur and that their respective customers are
treated fairly without discrimination,” said the Competition
South African Lemao make
history with sprint win
NAIROBI South Africa (Xinhua) --
Tshenolo Lemao delivered a historic performance
at the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi to become the first
South African athlete to win a world 100m title in any age
In fact, South
Africa had never before won a 100m medal of any color at the
World U18 Championships, but tonight they secured the top two
compatriot Retshidisitswe Mlenga and Jamaica’s Tyreke Wilson had
entered the boys’ final as the favourites, Lemao held his
composure after the race was disrupted by two faulty starts in
cold and wet conditions, charging across the line in 10.57.
Mlenga, who had
earlier won his semifinal in a PB of 10.37 in dry conditions,
covered the short dash in 10.61 and Wilson held on for bronze in
“It was a great race
to run. I was really excited going into it and I just wanted to
go all out,” Lemao said.
“I knew the
conditions would be tough, but I told myself I needed to stay
strong and focused, and just go.”
Though Wilson will
not compete in the longer event, both South Africans will turn
out again in the 200m heats on Friday morning.
The boys’ hammer
qualifying round was cancelled due to the inclement weather
conditions, with the entire field of 18 athletes automatically
entering the medal decider on Friday.