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The Competition Amendment Bill – An Economist’s View on Select Items

By Helen Kean The second version of the Competition Amendment Bill was published on 5 July 2018. Econex’s summary of the first version, published on 1 December 2017, may be found here. As there are now numerous summaries of what is contained in the second version of the Bill (and how this differs to the [...]

2018-08-21T11:48:07+00:00August 21st, 2018|

Universal access and lower healthcare prices: Assessing the likely success of the NHI and Medical Schemes Amendment Bills

By Dr Paula Armstrong On 21 June 2018, the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi released the National Health Insurance Bill (NHI Bill) and the Medical Schemes Amendment Bill (MSA Bill). The Minister explained that the overarching objectives of the bills are the achievement of universal access to healthcare and the lowering of healthcare costs. [...]

2018-07-23T11:34:01+00:00July 23rd, 2018|

Overview of high-level findings and recommendations by the HMI Panel

By Dr Paula Armstrong The Competition Commission’s Health Market Inquiry (HMI) Panel commenced its inquiry into the state of competition in the private healthcare sector on 6 January 2014. On 5 July 2018, the Panel released its provisional recommendations, inviting stakeholders to make submissions before 7 September 2018, with a view to publishing a final [...]

2018-07-06T10:49:49+00:00July 6th, 2018|

Abuse of dominance – feedback from the latest international workshop

By Helen Kean This blog follows on from Econex’s participation in a recent Abuse of Dominance workshop at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, held over March 2018 and led by Professors Massimo Motta, Chiara Fumagalli, Lorenzo Coppi and Simon Roberts. The event brought a selected team of global economists and lawyers up to date [...]

2018-04-23T09:23:39+00:00April 23rd, 2018|

The Economics of Regulating the Telecoms sector – some observations from the ECA Amendment Bill hearings, 6 & 7 March 2018

By Prof Nicola Theron & Helanya Fourie The Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services (DTPS) held a stakeholder consultation workshop in Pretoria on 6 & 7 March to canvass views of industry participants on the proposed amendments to the Electronic Communications Act (ECA) (2005). Industry players have been involved via various industry forums in the [...]

2018-04-23T09:22:54+00:00March 19th, 2018|

The use of ‘concurrent expert evidence’ before the Competition Tribunal – is the ‘hot tub’ getting ‘hotter’?

Helen Kean and Albertus van Niekerk During January 2018 Econex* (instructed by Hogan Lovells) provided expert economic testimony before the Competition Tribunal in respect of a proposed merger between Timrite (Pty) Ltd and the Mining Bag Division of Tufbag (Pty) Ltd (IM100Jul17), two mining related companies. This merger was approved by the Tribunal on 19 [...]

2018-02-27T17:29:37+00:00February 19th, 2018|

EC Amendment Bill introduces regional roaming regulations

By Wawa Nkosi The introduction of the Wireless Open Access Network (WOAN) has been the headlining component of the recently released EC Amendment Bill, but another element that shouldn’t be overlooked is that of the proposed International Roaming Regulations in the SADC region. This regulatory proposition is underpinned by the high costs associated with roaming [...]

2018-02-05T11:07:25+00:00February 5th, 2018|

Does Government have a plan to assign the last high demand spectrum (HDS)?

By Prof Nicola Theron and Helanya Fourie South Africa’s slow internet connections and high data costs have been criticised by most industry participants – including government, large companies and consumers. The ICT White Paper published in 2016 emphasized the need for more competition in the ICT sector to reduce prices and stimulate economic growth. The [...]

2018-01-29T09:31:28+00:00January 29th, 2018|

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|