THE COMPETITION ACT

The purpose of the Competition Act of 1998 is to promote and maintain competition in South Africa to achieve the following objectives:

  • To promote the efficiency, adaptability and development of the economy.
  • To provide consumers with competitive prices and product choices.
  • To promote employment and advance the social and economic welfare of South Africans.
  • To expand opportunities for South African participation in world markets and recognises the role of foreign competition in the Republic.
  • To ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises have an equitable opportunity to participate in the economy.
  • To promote a greater spread of ownership, in particular to increase the ownership stakes of historically disadvantaged persons.

The Competition Act, and its various amendments can be downloaded here.

BYEFFECTIVE DATEDOWNLOAD
THE COMPETITION ACT 89 OF 1998 30 October 1998 Download
COMPETITION FIRST AMENDMENT ACT 35 OF 1999 30 April 1999 Download
COMPETITION SECOND AMENDMENT BILL OF 2000 13 December 2000 Download
COMPETITION SECOND AMENDMENT ACT 39 OF 2000 01 February 2001 Download
COMPETITION ACT (AS AMENDED BY THE COMPETITION 2nd AMENDMENT ACT)
01 February 2001 Download
COMPETITION AMENDMENT ACT 1 OF 2009 01 May 2016 Download
COMPETITION AMENDMENT BILL OF 2017 01 December 2017 Download
THE AMENDED REGULATION 15 OF THE RULES FOR THE CONDUCT OF PROCEEDINGS IN THE COMPETITION COMMISSION
25 January 2019
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COMPETITION AMENDMENT ACT 18 OF 2018
14 February 2019
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The Rules as listed below set out detailed procedural steps to be followed when filing mergers or complaints with the various competition authorities.

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RULES FOR THE CONDUCT OF PROCEEDINGS IN THE COMPETITION TRIBUNAL (PAGES 98 TO 173)
RULES FOR THE CONDUCT OF PROCEEDINGS IN THE COMPETITION COMMISSION (PAGES 5 TO 97)
RULES FOR THE CONDUCT OF PROCEEDINGS IN THE COMPETITION APPEAL COURT