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President to sign Competition Amendment Bill into law

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President Cyril Ramaphosa will sign the Competition Amendment Bill into law tomorrow, Wednesday 13 February 2019. The signing will take the form of a media photo-opportunity at which the President will be joined by Minister of Economic Development Mr Ebrahim Patel and a group of stakeholders.
 
The Bill was approved by the National Assembly on 23 October 2018 and endorsed by the National Council of Provinces on 4 December 2018. 
 
The amended law constitutes a boost for SMEs and economic inclusion and opens up the economy to fresh investment and innovation.
 
It also provides a clear mandate to the competition authorities to address economic concentration in a balanced manner and to promote economic transformation.
The Bill provides greater clarity to firms and investors on prohibited practices and what constitutes abuse of dominance.
 
Another expected benefit is improved administrative efficiencies in the work of the competition authorities and facilitative powers to the Executive.
 
The amended legislation seeks to combat concentration and economic exclusion as core challenges that contribute to slower and less dynamic growth, lower employment and greater inequalities, as well as socio-political conflict.
 
The amendments enable a more effective approach to concentration, with a focus on improving outcomes for small and black-owned business, and strengthen the institutions involved in managing competition policy and law. 
 
These changes are in the long-term interest of both business and organised labour and benefit small to medium-sized companies through a pro-growth, transformation model that can help lift investment and advance economic inclusion.
 
Members of the media are invited to the photo-opportunity which the President will undertake at Tuynhuys, Cape Town, as follows: 
 
Date: Wednesday, 13 February 2019
Time: 13h00
Venue: Media Room, Tuynhuys, Parliament, Cape Town
 
Members of the media can liaise with Khutjo Sebata on 079 898 4621 to cover the photo opportunity. 
 
Media enquiries: Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to the President on 072 854 5707
 
Issued by: The Presidency
Pretoria