Retail Market Inquiry


The Commission has initiated a market inquiry into the South African grocery retail sector. The Inquiry commenced on 27 November 2015 and is expected to be completed in May 2017. The Commission has initiated the Grocery Retail Market Inquiry as it has reason to believe that there are features present within this sector that may prevent, distort or restrict competition, and to pursue the purpose of the Competition Act.


The Inquiry is now calling on the public to make submissions on the substantive points contained within its Terms of Reference and its Statement of Issues. All consumers, retailers of all sizes (especially small and independent retailers), and any other interested parties can submit their views and experiences to the Inquiry’s Technical Team and Panel.

All submissions must be hand-written or typed (preferably in English).  Should you require any assistance in making your submission please do not hesitate to contact the Inquiry’s technical team on 012 394 3200 or 012 394 3320.

All submissions must be marked for the attention of Ms. Louise du Plessis, Technical Team Head: Market Inquiry into the Grocery Retail Sector and delivered to:


Hand Delivery: Uuzaji Building, Block E, Second Floor,

The DTI Campus, 77 Meintjies Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria, 0002

Post: Private Bag X23, Lynwood Ridge Pretoria

Remarks by Chairperson of the Market Inquiry Prof. Halton Cheadle   17 May 2016
Gazetted Terms of Reference  30 October 2015
Statement of Issues  15 July 2016
Guidelines for Submissions of Data and Technical Analysis  15 July 2016
Guidelines for participation  15 July 2016
Administrative Timelines  15 July 2016
Comments received on draft documents

Non-Confidential submissions received on final documents

 15 July 2016

August 2016

Bios of panel members  18 February 2016


Response to stakeholder submissions

Notice public hearings

GRI1 Written Representations

GRI2 Oral Representations

2nd Notice- Grocery Retail Public Hearing Subject Matter

2nd Notice Public Hearings 2017

Notice :Revised dates for public hearings 

Annexure A: Public hearing Programme

Registration forms and programme for public hearings




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