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2012-07-02 - Launch of the 2012 Winter Awareness Campaign
Speech at the launch of the 2012 Winter Awareness Campaign Rotary Sports Ground- Alexandra 6 June 2012 Programme Director NRCS Board and staff members present here CEOs of various entities Our respective councilors Representatives from various organisations Esteemed members of the community Members of the media Ladies and gentleman   South Africa exists within the context of a fast, ever-changing, highly inter-connected and inter-dependent world. There is no doubt that the systemic impact of industrialization, fiscal austerity and the need for job creation and retention, will create increasing pressure for countries to promote their own goods in world markets and to adopt explicit or implicit protectionist stances. Access to markets will become even more important than before and there is no doubt that South Africa will continue to face an onslaught of imports, some of which may well pose serious health, safety and environmental threats to South Africa and its people.   An essential requirement for the success of South African products for export is also that these products comply with international standards. In South Africa, margin pressure will also encourage the production of non-compliant goods.   It is within this dynamic environment, that the Department of Trade and Industry, which have oversight over the NRCS, has conducted extensive research and has developed policy and action planning frameworks such as the South African Trade Policy and Strategy Framework and the Industrial Policy Action Plan. The NRCS Act together with these frameworks, align the work of NRCS, government entities and regulatory bodies to ensure that delivery meets government’s goals and objectives and impacts directly on the quality of life of South Africa’s citizens.   Ladies and gentleman, consumer protection lies at the heart of NRCS activities, and of many organisations present here today. The broad mandate of the NRCS is to promote public health and safety, the environment and promote fair trade. This will be achieved through the establishment of a sound regulatory infrastructure. This role requires that South African goods and services be competitive in terms of cost and quality whilst at the same time be guaranteed to be safe and fit for purpose.   NRCS shall achieve this mandate through regulating the market conduct in the field of product and service standards, as referred to in the compulsory specification.   We currently have a problem in the country – of been a dumping ground for unsafe products including those that will be shown today. With winter upon us, our vulnerable communities fall prey to these unsafe products. It is therefore a responsibility of all of us to educate them so as to guarantee their safety.   As the dti we are encouraged by this partnership – that you can gather as key stakeholder to fight for the rights of consumers, particularly from disadvantaged areas such as Alexandra. It is a well known factor the area is prone to fire burns which result in the loss of lives of our people.   We call on all of you to expand on the campaign. You should target all poor communities throughout the country to conscientise them on the danger of these unsafe products and how to visually identify them - working together we can do more.     Despite the fact that some shack fires are as a result of human negligence, we have also discovered that some are caused by faulty appliances that are sold to unsuspecting community members by manufactures and importers operating in this area. We are here to form a healthy partnership with the people of Alexandra so that we can work together to root out all non-compliances in this part of the country. We have come here in Alexandra when this township is turning 100 years old, a classical milestone which all of us must celebrate, however we cannot celebrate it properly when our people are still exposed to unsafe products, when properties are destroyed on a daily basis. We cannot celebrate this milestone if these issues are not dealt with. You need to closely work with the community until such time that we are satisfied that only safe products are sold to the people of Alexandra.   Alexandra is a historical township and people in this area deserve all the quality services they can get. This should be a continuous engagement and we hope the people of Alexandra will embrace this campaign and work with the NRCS and partners to make the campaign a success.   I thank you  
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