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The Competition Commission is a statutory body constituted in terms of the Competition Act, No 89 of 1998 by the Government of South Africa empowered to investigate, control and evaluate restrictive business practices, abuse of dominant positions and mergers in order to achieve equity and efficiency in the South African economy.


Commission outlines the guidelines and statement of issues for the Private Healthcare inquiry.

On the back of the Private Healthcare inquiry panel members’ announcement on 30 January 2014, the Competition Commission through the presiding chairman of the Private Healthcare Inquiry, former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo today; 16 April 2014 took the time to address stakeholders on the administrative guidelines, administrative timetable, and statement of issues for the health market inquiry.


The Competition Act, 1998 defines a market inquiry as “a formal inquiry in respect of the general state of competition in a market for particular goods or services, without necessarily referring to the conduct or activities of any particular named firm.”  Market inquiries are “research projects conducted to gain in-depth understanding of how sectors, markets, or market practices are working.”    The purpose of the exercise is to determine whether the process of competition is working well or can be improved effectively in a market as a whole.   They provide a framework for identifying, analysing and, where appropriate, remedying sector-wide or market-wide competition problems.  

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Remarks by the Chairperson of the Market Inquiry - Retired Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo

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