Lauralyn Kaziboni

 

Lauralyn Kaziboni is an Economist at Acacia Economics and a researcher at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) at the University of Johannesburg.

She is an economist specialising in industrial development and regional integration. Lauralyn has conducted research on local economic development in Johannesburg and Gauteng; regional growth in Southern Africa focusing on the mining inputs sector; and mobile money in Zimbabwe. She is also involved in coordinating projects and training in Southern and East Africa.

Lauralyn holds an MCom in Development Economics from the University of Johannesburg. She holds a BCom (Hons) in International Trade and Finance from the University of Johannesburg and a BSocSci majoring in Economics, with minor in Psychology, from Africa University. She has authored a number of conference papers, working papers and articles.

COMPETITION ECONOMICS AND SECTOR SPECIFIC WORK

South Africa  (2016). Conducted research into the public procurement policy in South Africa in order to understand the impact of public procurement on industrial development.      

South Africa (2016).
Developed a sector strategy for the machinery and equipment sector in Gauteng aimed at reviving the sector, increasing international competitiveness and employment.   

Zimbabwe (2016). Assessed the implications of the regulatory regime and competition bottlenecks for the development of mobile money markets in Zimbabwe for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.            

South Africa (2015-2016).
Conducted a city-wide survey and drafted a report on the challenges and recommendations for the growth of firms in the City of Johannesburg.   

Zimbabwe, South Africa (2015-2016).
Contributed to research for The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNUWIDER) on the mining-related systems in Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Posted on March 24, 2017 .

Anthea Paelo

 

Anthea is an economist at Acacia Economics and a researcher at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) at the University of Johannesburg.

Her areas of focus include competition economics, regulation, telecommunications, economic development and financial inclusion. Anthea’s experience in regulation and economics has extended into a number of projects including barriers to entry into key industries in South Africa’s economy such as supply of fuel and the air transport industry. She has also contributed to research on the competitive dynamics of cross-border road freight industry in southern Africa, looking into countries like Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa. Other projects have centred on industrialization and growth of manufacturing firms.  Anthea has also been part of the consulting team concerning the Vodacom/Neotel merger case. She has also published a number of articles in the CCRED Quarterly Competition Review on subjects such as competition in the mobile money and pay-tv industries.

Anthea holds a Master of Commerce degree in Development Economics from the University of Johannesburg, BCom (Honours) degree in Public Economics and Development as well as a BCom (Law) degree from the University of Johannesburg. 

COMPETITION ECONOMICS AND SECTOR SPECIFIC WORK

Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe (2016). Completed a study for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Financial Services for the Poor on competition bottlenecks in mobile financial services in Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, including use of the USSD channel for delivery of these services.

South Africa (2016). Developed a Business Processing Services Sector Strategy for the Gauteng Department of Economic Development

South Africa (2016). Contributed to local industrial development research for the City of Johannesburg’s Department of Economic Development.

South Africa (2015-2016). Part of the team that provided expert advice to the Economic Development Department in relation to the competition and public interest effects the merger between Coca-Cola and SAB (bottlers) in South Africa.

South Africa (2015-2016). Conducted a study commissioned by the National Treasury on the barriers to entry in the airlines industry.

South Africa (2015). Provided expert advice to ICASA in relation to the merger proceedings between Vodacom and Neotel.

Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa (2015). Contributed to research for The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNUWIDER) on the competition dynamics in the road freight sectors of Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique.

Nigeria (2015). Part of a team providing economic research services in respect of competition issues in Nigeria, including a brief analysis of the financial services sector.

South Africa (2014). Conducted research on the barriers to entry in the liquid fuel industry in South Africa.

Posted on September 30, 2016 .

Pamela Mondliwa

 

Pamela Mondliwa is an economist at Acacia Economics and is also a researcher at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development at the University of Johannesburg.

She has worked as an economist in the Policy and Research division at the Competition Commission of South Africa from 2009 to 2013.Pamela has experience in undertaking investigations and conducting economic analysis of mergers, abuse of dominance and cartel cases, in industries such as petrochemicals, construction, and packaging amongst others. She has also been involved in research for impact assessments of the Commission’s intervention, coordinating capacity building for the Policy and Research division and has contributed to the joint African Competition Forum (ACF) cement project.

Pamela holds a BCom (Hons) from Rhodes University. She has co-authored a number of conference papers.

COMPETITION ECONOMICS, REGULATION AND SECTOR SPECIFIC WORK
Experience in conducting economic analysis on complex enforcement and cartel cases, and mergers and acquisitions for the Competition Commission of South Africa in a wide range of sectors including petrochemicals, insurance, construction, and packaging amongst others.

South Africa (2016). Conducted a sector study and developed a strategy for the Chemicals and Plastics sector for the Gauteng Department of Economic Development.

South Africa (2015-2016). Carried out a study commissioned by National Treasury on the Barriers to entry in the telecommunications sector as well as the beer industry using Soweto Gold as a case study.

South Africa (2015-current). Currently advising the Competition Commission of South Africa on economic aspects of the Healthcare Inquiry into the private healthcare market in South Africa.

South Africa (2014 - 2015). Provided expert advice to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) on the Vodacom / Neotel proposed merger.

South Africa (2014-2016). Completed a research study on the local industrial economy of Johannesburg for the City of Johannesburg’s Department of Economic Development.

South Africa (2014). Provided an analysis of the competition effects of the MTN/Telkom Radio Access Network (RAN) sharing transaction and the Vodacom/Neotel merger to ICASA.

South Africa (2014). Conducted a review of economic regulation of liquid fuels and related products for the Department of Economic Development.

South Africa (2014). Prepared a research report for the Plastics Conversion Industry Strategy for the Department of Trade and Industry.

South Africa (2013-2014). Contributed to research on the impact of the Competition Commission’s interventions in the long steel markets.

South Africa (2012-2015). Expert economic analysis for the Commission v Sasol Chemical Industries competition case in the SA Competition Tribunal. Research work for South African government on economic regulation, and industrial policy.

 

Posted on September 30, 2016 .

Thando Vilakazi

 

Thando Vilakazi is an economist at Acacia Economics and a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development at the University of Johannesburg.

He worked as an economist in the Policy and Research Division at the Competition Commission of South Africa from 2010 to 2014. Thando has experience in undertaking investigations and conducting economic analysis for competition law investigations and academic research in a wide range of sectors including healthcare, telecommunications and mobile financial services, cement, fertilizer, sugar, retail, cross-border road transport and air transport. He has also been involved in facilitating training and providing economic advice on competition issues in various African countries, and coordinated the joint African Competition Forum (ACF) sugar industry research project involving competition authorities from southern and East Africa. Thando has also authored a number of conference papers and book chapters on various issues in competition and regional integration. Most recently he has led research on regional integration in Southern Africa, barriers to entry and inclusive growth, and the strategies and investments of large firms in the South African economy.

Thando is currently a PhD candidate (Economics) with the University of Johannesburg. He holds a Master of Commerce degree in Applied Economics (Development) from the University of Cape Town and a BBusSc in Management Studies (Economics) from the same institution.

COMPETITION ECONOMICS AND SECTOR SPECIFIC WORK

Experience in conducting economic analysis on complex enforcement and cartel cases, and mergers and acquisitions for the Competition Commission of South Africa in a wide range of sectors including telecommunications, healthcare, grocery retail, the sugar industry, seed production and distribution, grain storage, airports and airlines, payment systems, the glass industry, horseracing, manufacturing automation, and pharmaceuticals. 

South Africa (2016). Provided expert advice to ICASA in relation to the merger proceedings between Vodacom and Neotel.

South Africa (2015–2016). Provided economic research on competition in the provision of mobile financial services in Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Zambia (2015-2016). Provided expert advice to Zambia Competition and Consumer Protection Commission on an abuse of dominance (excessive pricing) case.  

South Africa (2015). Co-authored reports for National Treasury on behalf of CCRED assessing barriers to entry and expansion in mobile money and low cost airlines in South Africa.

Kenya (2015 - ongoing). Part of a team providing research and advice on a market inquiry into Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) for the Competition Authority of Kenya, which relates to the use of telecommunications services for mobile financial services.

Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi (2015). Contributed to Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development research for GIZ and SADC on competitive dynamics in the road freight and fertilizer trading sectors of Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi.

Malawi (2015). Completed study on behalf of Malawi Competition and Fair Trading Commission on competition in the Malawi transport sector covering road, air, rail and marine transportation. 

South Africa (2014). Advised a client in the financial services sector on the competition effects of a potential merger in the sector.

South Africa (2014). Provided economic advice to the Zimbabwean Competition and Tariff Commission on an abuse of dominance investigation for the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development.

South Africa (2014). Taught on a Masters Elective course on the relationship between competition policy, industrial policy and economic development at the University of Witwatersrand in 2014.

South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe (2014-2016). Provided training on competition economics to competition economists and lawyers in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

South Africa (2012). Coordinated and co-authored the African Competition Forum (ACF) research project on regional competition dynamics in the sugar industry in Kenya, Zambia, South Africa and Tanzania involving researchers from each country.

Posted on September 30, 2016 .