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LPG Inquiry

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

Chapters and Appendices

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


 Key Milestones  Date

Amended LPG Terms of Reference 

Gazetted Terms of Reference

29 Sep 2016 

15 Aug 2014     

Stakeholder Participation Guidelines 02 Sept 2014
Inquiry Commenced 15 Sept2014
Published call for Submissions 16 Sept 2014
Received responses to call for submissions 31 Oct 2014
Introductory stakeholder engagements and site visits Jan-Feb 2015
Issued first round of information requests  March 2015
Received and assessed responses to first round of information requests June – July 2015
Issued second round of information requests 04 Aug 2015
Further call for submissions on specific factors 27 Aug 2015
Gazetted Amendments to Terms of Reference 23 Mar 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 Jun-Aug 

20 Dec 2016

Dec -Feb 2017

31 Mar 2017

24 April 2017

24 April 2017

24 April 2017

28 April 2017


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