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More choice: Enhancing competition in pay television

By Helanya Fourie In August this year, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) published a Discussion Document on its Inquiry into Subscription Television Broadcasting Services. The purpose of the inquiry is “to determine whether there are competition issues in the sector, which require action to be taken by the Authority through the imposition [...]

2017-12-22T09:26:54+00:00December 22nd, 2017|

Proposed changes to the Competition Act: Summary and discussion points

By Helen Kean  On Friday, 1 December, the Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, published the Competition Amendment Bill, 2017, for public comment. This Bill proposes important changes to South Africa’s current Competition Act, with a short summary provided by this blog. Importantly, the main aims of the proposed changes are to address firm concentration [...]

2017-12-06T12:12:56+00:00December 6th, 2017|

The Davis Tax Committee on funding NHI: Spending requirements are large, and trade-offs are unavoidable

By Dr Paula Armstrong & Elize Rich Yesterday, the Davis Tax Committee (DTC) released its report on financing of the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) for South Africa. The DTC was established in 2013 by the Minister of Finance with the mandate of investigating the role of the tax system in promoting inclusive economic growth, [...]

2017-11-14T11:26:53+00:00November 14th, 2017|

(More) policy uncertainty: Medical schemes under the NHI

By Dr Paula Armstrong Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba presented his first Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday 25 October 2017. Many stakeholders in the healthcare space kept a watchful eye for any indication of funding mechanisms for National Health Insurance (NHI). Although no significant changes to revenue allocation with regard to healthcare [...]

2017-10-27T19:17:31+00:00October 27th, 2017|

Obesity, ‘nudges’, and relevance to economics

By Helen Kean On October 9th, the 2017 Nobel Prize for Economics went to Richard Thaler, a contributor to ‘behavioural economics’ and an advocate of economic ‘nudges’. The former relates to the psychology and economics of individuals in their everyday decisions and hypothesises that individuals do not always act rationally in their maximising of utility [...]

2017-10-20T19:10:17+00:00October 20th, 2017|

Big data mergers – what can we learn?

By Helen Kean ‘Big data’ has been under the spotlight in South African competition circles as of late. Indeed, the South African Competition Commission’s recent conference was themed ‘The Future of Competition Policy’ and included in its scope or interest ‘emerging areas of enforcement’, which was in turn stated to include interest in big data. [...]

2017-10-09T08:02:46+00:00October 9th, 2017|

Unpacking health inflation in South Africa

By Helanya Fourie Healthcare inflation seems to be the flavour of the month, if the number of queries that we have received on this Research Note is anything to go by. This could be due to the focus that there has been on prices in the private healthcare sector through the Competition Commission’s Health Market [...]

2017-09-29T11:31:16+00:00September 29th, 2017|

Competing for a byte of the fibre market?

By Wawa Nkosi The mass deployment of fibre across South Africa has become a salient feature of the developing fixed-line broadband market. Traditionally, broadband data via fibre has been the domain of businesses who needed access to fast data connections for their operations. However, in more recent years, fibre broadband data offerings for households have [...]

2017-09-15T11:37:16+00:00September 15th, 2017|

Sugary beverage tax on ice, but can we do better?

By Dr Paula Armstrong National Treasury has recently announced that the implementation of the health promotion levy, which sought to tax sugar content in sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), will be delayed to April 2018. Treasury explained that before a tax would be implemented, short- and medium-term interventions needed to be put in place in order to [...]

2017-09-11T10:21:15+00:00September 8th, 2017|

Removing medical scheme tax credits: What does it mean for affordability?

By Dr Paula Armstrong The NHI White Paper published in June 2017 proposes that tax revenue currently spent on medical scheme beneficiaries in the form of medical scheme tax credits be redirected towards funding the NHI.[1] In 2014/15, the total amount paid to the principal members of medical schemes in the form of medical scheme [...]

2017-08-25T10:26:32+00:00August 25th, 2017|