Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) market inquiry

The Commission has initiated a market inquiry into the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) sector in South Africa. The inquiry commenced on 15 September 2014 and the investigation was finalized on 31 March 2017. The handover of the report to the Minister is on 24 April 2017 and formal publication of the report in the Government Gazette will be on 28 April 2017.

The Commission initiated the inquiry because it has reason to believe that there are features of the sector that may prevent, distort or restrict competition.  The Commission had received a number of complaints in the LPG sector which also provided further basis for initiating the market inquiry. Further, the Commission believes that conducting this inquiry assisted in understanding how it may promote competition in the LPG sector in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

Final report and Appendices

Final Report – Non-Confidential Version

LPG Summary Pamphlet 

Chapters and Appendices

Terms of Reference
Table of Contents
Statement by the Commissioner
Members of Commission Staff that conducted the Inquiry
Chapter 1: Executive Summary
Chapter 2: Market Inquiry Process
Chapter 3: Background to the LPG sector in South Africa
Chapter 4: Dynamics of the LPG sector in South Africa
Chapter 5: Industry Associations
Chapter 6: Recent Developments in the LPG sector
Chapter 7: Non-Price Regulation
Chapter 8: Price Regulation
Chapter 9: Addressing Limited Supply
Chapter 10: LPG Supply agreements with refineries
Chapter 11: Coordinated behaivour
Chapter 12: The sale of LPG through cylinders
Chapter 13: The high cost of switching
Chapter 14: Conclusion and Recommendations
Annexure A: Stakeholders Contacted
Annexure B: LPG Consumption Dynamics in South Africa
Annexure C: World Bank Review of 20 countries

Key Milestones of the inquiry: Click on links for more information

 Key Milestones  Date
Amended LPG Terms of Reference 

Gazetted Terms of Reference

29 September 2016

15 August 2014

Stakeholder Participation Guidelines  02 September 2014
Inquiry Commenced  15 September 2014
Published call for Submissions  16 September 2014
Received responses to call for submissions  31 October 2014
Introductory stakeholder engagements and site visits  January to February 2015
Issued first round of information requests  March 2015
Received and assessed responses to first round of information requests  June to July 2015
Issued second round of information requests  04 August 2015
Further call for submissions on specific factors  27 August 2015
Gazetted Amendments to Terms of Reference 23 March 2016
LPG Market Inquiry recommendations for Comments

Analysis of comments from stakeholders

Amendment to completion date

Consultations on key recommendations

Amendment of completion date

Handover of the Final Report to the Minister

Launch of the Final report

LPG Summary Pamphlet 

Publication of Final Report in Government Gazette

10 May 2016

7 June 2016 to August 2016

20 December 2016

December to February 2017

31 March 2017

24 April 2017

24 April 2017

24 April 2017

28 April 2017


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