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The outcomes of the market inquiries into private healthcare, grocery retail and the cost of communication will be ready in 2018, says Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel. Reports flowing from the three inquiries would be tabled in Parliament. Market inquiry hearings will be held on the public passenger transport sector, Patel said in Parliament while delivering his department’s budget vote speech on Thursday. The Competition Commission has been conducting the market inquiries to determine if collusion and concentration were stifling competition. "I expect to receive and table in Parliament this year the outcome of three ... significant market inquiries into private healthcare, grocery retail [which includes shopping malls and spaza shops] and communication data costs. "Market inquiry hearings will be held on public passenger transport and cost of communication data," the minister said. In December, the department gazetted a draft Competition Amendment Bill for comment. The ...

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