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Market Inquiry into Public Transport Sector Extended

June 23, 2020

Department of Economic Development

The Market Inquiry into the land-based public transport sector will now be completed by December 2020.

The economic development department published the amended terms of reference in Government Gazette 43457.

The Inquiry, conducted by the Competition Commission, got off the ground on 7 June 2017.

It is designed to understand the general state of competition in the land-based public passenger transport sector.

The Commission holds the view that there are “features or a combination of features in the industry that may prevent, distort or restrict competition, and/or to achieve the purpose of the Competition Act.”

The Inquiry was initially expected to be completed by 30 September 2019 but was extended last year to 31 March 2020 to allow for further discussions on proposed recommendations.

At the end of March, it was further extended until 30 June 2020.

Upon completion of the Inquiry, a report will be published in the Gazette.

According to the latest amended terms of reference, in light of the disruptions caused by the declaration of the state of natural disaster, the Commission decided to extend the completion date to allow for sufficient time for engagement on proposed recommendations.

In Gazette 43447, the trade, industry and competition department announced the initiation of an investigation for remedial action in the form of a safeguard against the increased imports of U, I, H, L and T sections of iron or non-alloy steel.

The subject product is further described as “…not further worked than hot-rolled, hot-drawn or extruded, of a height of 80 mm or more and other angles, shapes and sections of iron or non-alloy steel, not further worked than hot-rolled, hot drawn or extruded; and angles, shapes and sections, of other alloy steel”.

The application was lodged by Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium Corporation Limited (Highveld), Highveld structural Mill (Pty) Ltd (Highveld Structural Mill) and ArcelorMittal South Africa Limited (AMSA).

According to the International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC), the “Applicant alleged and submitted prima facie evidence indicating that it is experiencing serious injury in the form of a decline in sales volumes, output, market share, utilisation of capacity and employment for the period 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2019”.

In Notice 336, ITAC announced the initiation of a sunset review of the anti-dumping duties on clear float glass and drawn glass of a thickness of 3mm, 4mm, 5mm and 6mm originating in or imported from India and China.
PFG Building Glass (Pty) Ltd, the only producer of the subject product in the Southern African Customs Union, lodged the application to initiate a sunset review.

The anti-dumping duties were set to expire on 30 July 2020.

The Applicant alleges that the expiry of the duties would likely lead to the continuation or recurrence of dumping and the recurrence of material injury.

“The investigation period for dumping is from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2019 and the injury investigation involves the evaluation of data for the period 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2019, and 2020 estimates in the event the duties expire.”

In Notice 337, the department published draft standards for comment in terms of the Standards Act.

Draft standards include solid mineral fuels-determination of phosphorus content-reduced molybdophosphate photometric method; civil engineering test methods; hard coal-determination of Hardgrove grindability index; solid mineral fuels-determination of total sulfur-Eschka method; insulation coordination and materials of insulated electric cables and flexible cords part 1: conductors.

In Notice 338, ITAC corrected Notice 272 published in Gazette 43316 in May 2020.

The notice announced the initiation of an investigation for remedial action in the form of a safeguard measure against the increased imports of bolts with hexagon heads of iron or steel.

The correction notice indicates that the period of investigation is 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019.

The Applicant alleged and submitted prima facie information indicating that it is experiencing serious injury over the same period.