Use of Certain Words Linked to 2018 World Cup Prohibited

Department of Trade and Industry

The use of certain words and emblems associated with the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia has been prohibited.

The trade and industry department published the prohibition notice in Government Gazette 41405.

The prohibition was set down in terms of the Merchandise Marks Act.

Prohibited words include ZABIVAKA and 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The emblem of the official mascot is also included in the prohibition.

The prohibition applies from the date of publication and is perpetual and absolute in nature.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 41399, the department has published automatically available records and access to such records in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act.

The list includes records available for inspection, purchasing, copying and free of charge.

In a separate matter, the department has expressed its support for the Draft Competition Amendment Bill.

The proposed bill was published for comment at the beginning of December 2017.

The draft bill, drawn up by the economic development department, is designed to address concentration and drive transformation in the local economy.

It also seeks to clarify and improve the determination of prohibited practices relating to restrictive horizontal practices, abuse of dominance and price discrimination.

The draft bill aims to amend the Competition Act, 1998, so as to introduce provisions that:

•    improve the regulation of mergers;
•    provide for the promotion of competition and economic transformation through addressing the de-concentration of markets;
•    protect and stimulate small businesses and firms owned and controlled by historically disadvantaged persons and their growth;
•    to protect and promote decent employment and employment security;
•    to facilitate the effective participation of the national Executive within proceedings contemplated in the Competition Act, 1998;
•    to empower the Commission to act in accordance with the results of a market inquiry;
•    to amend the process by which the Competition Commission may initiate market inquiries;
•    to empower the Minister to initiate market enquiries;
•    to promote greater efficiency regarding the conduct of market inquiries;
•    to clarify and foster greater efficiency regarding the determination of confidential information and access to confidential information;
•    to promote the administrative efficiency of the Competition Commission and Competition Tribunal;
•    and provide for matters connected therewith.

The department was responding to recent reports of rivalry between the two departments on the issue of addressing excessive concentration in the local economy.

“The notion that there is rivalry among government departments and contradictions when it comes to addressing uncompetitive tendencies is therefore not accurate.”

Sabinet Cape Town Office