Massmart deal unlikely to be unravelled

By Khanyisa Tabata
22 June 2011

Analysts say the three government ministers who have appealed a decision to let Wal-Mart buy a controlling stake in Massmart may be attempting to pressure the competition authorities to impose more conditions on the deal.

They add that it is unlikely that the 16-and-a-half-billion-Rands transaction could be unravelled.

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson want the merger to be reconsidered due to technical irregularities in certain documents.


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