Most countries in Southern Africa are net importers of products from South Africa and are therefore likely to be subject to South African cartels. Imports from South Africa cut across sectors including food, capital equipment, construction materials, energy, plastics and chemical products. Moreover regional markets are closely linked through the presence of South African companies in the rest of the region. This article expands on an earlier article in this Review on the possible impacts of some of the South African cartels on the region, as part of CCRED’s monitoring of competition case developments and the evolution of enforcement in the region.
There are important linkages between firm behaviour, competition and trade and agricultural policy. This discussion reviews the main insights from the African Competition Forum studies on the regional cement and sugar industries, pointing out cross-cutting issues in these industries and their effect on competition and regional trade.