REVIEW OF THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SECTOR
Date: 29 November, 2013, Time: 10am - 12pm
Venue: School of Tourism and Hospitality Conference Centre, Bunting Road Campus, University of Johannesburg
The review of the electronic communications sector includes an overview of economic regulation of the electronic communications sector, linkages between the regulation of the sector and economic growth, as well as a sector performance review including an assessment of pricing, network penetration, employment, investment and profitability.
Ryan Hawthorne, a researcher at CCRED and economist at Acacia Economics, will present the review.
PORTS REGULATION: ARE WE ACHIEVING THE OBJECTIVES OF THE PORTS ACT? COMPARISONS WITH PORTS REGULATORS FROM INDIA, AUSTRALIA AND ELSEWHERE
Date: 19 November 2013, Time: 09h30 – 12h30
Venue: TIPS Boardroom, 227 Lange St, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
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Dr Sheila Farrell will present on how the Ports Regulator in South Africa has interpreted the provisions of the 2005 Ports Act, and how far this goes in achieving the objectives of the Ports Act. The discussion will draw on international experiences of Ports Regulators in India, Australia and elsewhere. Views on the regulator looking at more than pricing, and going broader into the terms of access, fairness in terms of decisions and quality of service of South African ports will also be discussed.
Dr Sheila Farrell, a visiting professor at Imperial College London and Saul Levin, the head of research and policy strategy at TIPS, will present.
REVIEW OF REGULATORS ORIENTATION AND PERFORMANCE IN THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY INDUSTRY
Date: Tuesday, 12th November 2013, Time: 9h30 – 12h30
Venue: Premier Hotel Pretoria, 573 Stanza Bopape Street (Church Street), Arcadia, Pretoria, 0028 Gauteng
The Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) is one of the key industries identified for the energy sector review. As part of the review, this seminar aims to explore the key themes, debates and issues impacting and influencing regulation in the ESI and the consequences for economic development. TIPS will present its approach to the electricity sector review and preliminary findings. Dr Grové Steyn will comment on the work undertaken by TIPS and share valuable insights previously presented at the 2012 NERSA South African Economic Regulators conference, with particular emphasis on electricity related issues.
THE IMPACT OF REGULATION ON THE PERFORMANCE OF SOE'S
Dr. Grove Steyn of Meridian Economics presented a seminar on the 9th of October at CCRED on the impact of regulation on the performance of SOEs in South Africa.