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South Africa hotels investigated over World Cup price rise claims

South Africa is to investigate allegations that hotels have raised prices to unreasonable levels in a bid to exploit visiting fans during the 2010 World Cup.

The investigation comes a month after it was announced that domestic airlines will face similar scrutiny for alleged price-fixing.

Marthinus van Schalkwyk, the South African tourism minister, said: "In recent weeks we have noted allegations that accommodation establishments in the tourism industry are not responsible, and are inflating prices excessively.

"Until now, our impression has been that this is not the case, but we believe it should be investigated and the results of the investigation made public."


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