Sir, I must caution at the outset that I am not intending to announce a competition related to distribution, and I indeed apologise if the heading created the wrong impression. I mean, however, to draw your erudite reader’s attention to the necessity of creating competition in the distribution industry. These thoughts were prompted by an interesting case serving before the Competition Commission. A large, virtual monopoly that dominates the market for its product in South Africa stands accused of undermining competition at distribution level because of exclusive arrangements with its own appointed distributors to the detriment of independent ones – at least, that is what is claimed… (more)