Thando Vilakazi is an economist working in the competition field. He has 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 of mergers, abuse of dominance and cartel cases in a wide range of sectors including: healthcare, telecommunications, the sugar industry, retail, and the air travel industry.
He has also been involved in coordinating and facilitating training on competition issues, and contributed to the joint African Competition Forum (ACF) sugar industry research project involving competition authorities from southern and East Africa. Thando has also co-authored a number of conference papers and made contributions to the Competition Commission’s research on the role of government institutions in markets.
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 Stream) from the same institution.