Mondo Mazwai makes history as the first black female Competition Tribunal chairperson


Mazwai has been appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa and will be replacing outgoing Norman Manoim.

The Competition Tribunal announced the appointment of Mondo Mazwai as its new chairperson. She will be replacing Norman Manoim, who has completed two terms as chairperson and has served with the Tribunal for 20 years. 

Manoim will be joining the Mandela Institute at the University of Witwatersrand. 

According to a statement released by the Competition Tribunal, Mazwai brings with her a wealth of experience and expertise. 

She obtained her B.Juris from the University of the Western Cape and her LLB from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. 

She started her career at Cheadle Thompson and Haysom Attorneys and worked her way from candidate attorney to professional assistant to associate partner. She joined the Competition Commission in 1999 as an investigator in the mergers and acquisitions division and was later appointed as a senior investigator in the enforcement and exemptions division. 

In 2003 she was appointed chief legal counsel of the Commission and later that year was appointed as the acting deputy commissioner. In 2005 she joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr as a director in its competition department and in 2006 she was appointed as head of the department. 

She has been serving as a tribunal member since 2013. 

Along with Mazwai’s appointment, the tribunal has also appointed Thando Vilakazi as a part-time member. He is currently the executive director of the Centre of Competition, Regulation and Economic Development at UJ and is also an economist at Acacia Economics

The President has also re-appointed three other Competiton Tribunal members in terms of Section 26(2) of the Competiton Act on the recommendation of the Minister of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel. The re-appointed members were Yasmin Carrim, Andiswa Ndoni and Andreas Wessels. Carrim has over 14 years’ service, Ndoni over nine years and Wessels 10 years.

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