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.

Live Stream the Grocery Retail Market Inquiry press conference

 Current Activities



 25 November










29 May 2019


23 March 2018


We are pleased to announce that the Inquiry will be holding its public hearings on the following dates

Province Date of Public Hearing Date of pre-hearing
Western Cape 08 – 12 May 2017

10 April 2017
Gauteng 05 – 09 June 2017

22 May 2017










03 – 07 July 2017


14 June 2017






30 October -06 November 2017

We welcome all consumers, retailers of all sizes (especially small and independent retailers), and any other interested parties to submit their views and experiences to the Inquiry.

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 012 763 8611 or 012 763 8637.

All submissions must be marked for the attention of Ms. Sunel Grimbeek, 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

GRI1 Written Representations

GRI2 Oral Representations

Notice :Revised dates for public hearings 

Annexure A: Public hearing Programme

Registration forms and programme for public hearings

Amended : Gazetted Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference Press Statement

Notice Public Hearings 


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08 March  2017

08 March  2017

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30 May 2017

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October 2017

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