Our interaction with the Competition Commission
The past year saw increased engagement with the Competition Commission in South Africa in the following matters:
- The Commission believes there are features in the grocery retail sector that may be preventing, distorting or restricting competition, thereby adversely affecting consumers and households. The inquiry is looking inter alia at the impact of the dominance of the big four retailers, which includes SPAR. Public enquiries into the activities of the grocery retail sector were held during July 2017 and SPAR participated in these. A senior management team attended the session held in Durban. Further public enquiries are scheduled for December 2017.
- The Competition Tribunal matter launched by Massmart against Shoprite/Checkers, Pick n Pay and SPAR continues. A second round of exception hearings were held in September 2017 and the outcome is still awaited from the Tribunal.