We pride ourselves in being involved in many of the large competition cases and regulatory matters in South Africa. To broaden our knowledge and share our thoughts, our experts frequently attend and contribute to workshops, conferences and seminars within our fields of expertise.


Upcoming events

Helen Kean discusses the Competition Amendment Bill.


Helen Kean speaks with Commissioner Bonakele and Advocate Michelle Le Roux on the July 2018 version of the Competition Amendment Bill

Marine Erasmus and Helen Kean publish in the South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences.


Helen Kean discusses Barcelona GSE’s Abuse of Dominance course.


Helen Kean discusses the impact the expected four new banks will have on the cost of banking.


BDLiveEconex NHI funding scenarios quoted in a Business Day article on the Davis Tax Committee.


Fin24 quotes Helen Kean on the economic impact of obesity in South Africa.


Helen Kean is quoted in a Moneyweb article on tackling the challenges around obesity.


BDLiveAn economic multiplier study by Econex finds that SA’s private hospitals provide R55bn GDP injection.


SUEconex director, Prof Wimpie Boshoff, and Econex economist, Dr Paula Armstrong, mentioned in the Quarterly newsletter of the Deparment of Economics at the University of Stellenbosch.

Dr Paula Armstrong is quoted in Times Live, Fin24 and Dispatch Live on the proposed removal of medical scheme tax credits and affordability.

Econex research quoted in Sunday Times.


Elize Rich is quoted on the future role of medical schemes under the NHI, in a Moneyweb article


BDLiveOpinion piece: Prof Nicola Theron expresses her concern over the Health Market Inquiry’s latest research note.


Mariné Erasmus was appointed as a director at Econex from 1 October 2016. She has been with Econex for 8 years and heads the Health Economics practice.



Mariné Erasmus testified before the Competition Commission’s healthcare market enquiry.



Listen to Mariné Erasmus talking to John Maytham about the NHI White Paper.



Mariné Erasmus is quoted in the Business Day on the proposed costing for the NHI as described in the recently published White Paper.



The Rapport quotes Prof Nicola Theron on the implications for medical schemes after the release of the NHI White Paper.



In The Times article on the expected increase in the number of elderly South Africans over the next 35 years, Mariné Erasmus is quoted on future resource allocation for this segment of the population.


Helen Kean was quoted in the Business Day article reporting on the Council for Medical Schemes’ Annual Report for 2014/15. She stated that Econex’s latest research indicates larger increases in utilisation than tariffs over the past few years, explaining the higher-than-inflation increases in medical scheme expenditure on private hospitals. Our study on utilisation trends can be accessed here.

Senior economist, Helen Kean, recently commented on the factors driving healthcare costs in Times Live.

DieBurgerPaula Armstrong recently joined Econex. Her PhD thesis deals with teachers in the South African education system. The relationship between teacher effectiveness and teacher age was recently covered in media. The Cape Times and Die Burger discusses the finding that pupils taught by younger teachers on average outperform those taught by older teachers.

BDLiveMariné Erasmus recently contributed to a panel discussion at the Hospital Association of South Africa ( HASA) conference on the status of the medical workforce in South Africa. Read the Business Day article here.

CNBCFollowing the publication of Research Note 33, which deals with the proposed ban on alcohol advertising as a policy response to the damage inflicted to the South African economy by alcohol misuse, Helanya Fourie spoke to Alec Hogg on CNBC Africa about this issue.

BDLiveEconex research showing flat concentration trends in the Private Sector was quoted in the Business Day of 10 March

BDLiveEconex senior associate, Dr Grovè Steyn, recently commented on state-owned enterprises in the Business Day. Read the article on Business Day Live.

iolEconex senior economist, Mariné Erasmus, is quoted in the Business Report article concerning the scope of the Competition Commission’s private healthcare market inquiry.

Read the TechCentral article where Prof Nicola Theron and Helanya Fourie argue that more detail is needed of how the pricing and access principles would work for the proposed WAN.

Listen to Dr Paula Armstrong talking about the likely impact of removing medical scheme tax credits on 702 and Power FM.


BDLiveMariné Erasmus comments on the recently released NHI white paper.



Econex economists, Mariné Erasmus and Helen Kean comment on the claim that new hospitals to blame for medical scheme contribution hikes ‘lacks proof’.

Listen to the interview on RSG with Prof Nicola Theron on the healthcare sector and NHI costs.

BDLiveEconex is quoted in the Business Day on NHI costs.


news24Mariné Erasmus is quoted on the shortage of doctors in South Africa.


Mariné Erasmus comments on the NHI White Paper and the viability of this plan in the current economic circumstances.


FMFRead the Free Market Foundation feature article: Government – the culprit behind high private healthcare prices.


news24Econex director Prof Rachel Jafta has been appointed as chairperson of Media 24. We are very proud of her achievements and wish her all the best with this new responsibility. Read the article on News24.

BDLiveRead the Business Report article quoting the latest Econex research note on the Competition Commission’s proposed market enquiry into the private healthcare in South Africa.

SUCongratulations to Dr Nicola Theron, Econex MD, who has been appointed as Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch Economics Department.

SUDr Willem Boshoff, Econex director and senior lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch, recently won one of the four Founder’s Medals of the Economic Society of South Africa for the best doctoral thesis. His thesis is entitled “Conceptual and empirical advances in antitrust market definition with application to SA competition policy,” in which he developed quantitative tools for market demarcation.

BDLiveRead the Business Day article quoting Dr Nicola Theron, Econex MD, on the probable healthcare competition inquiry.