Director of the programme:
NRCS Board Members present here
NRCS CEO and Executive Management team
Industry members in our midst
Members of the media
Ladies and gentlemen
It is with great pleasure and honour to address you this morning. We have gathered here once again to demonstrate our ability as the NRCS to protect consumers and free them from exploitation and harm.
The destruction function today is clear demonstration that the NRCS is on course to fulfil its mandate that of protecting human health, safety, the environment and ensuring fair trade across the markets. Today, we are destroying thousands of products that were confiscated as a result of hard work by our inspectors working together with various stakeholders such as SARS and the SAPS and many others.
The products we are destroying today are estimated at millions of rands.
The Durban destruction confirms that the border enforcement project that we have commissioned at the Durban harbour has been a success. Some of the products we are destroying today were stopped at the harbour before they could enter the country.
The NRCS will continue to work with all stakeholders at the Durban harbour and we intend to extend this project to other ports of entries around the country such as Cape Town and Port Elizabeth in the near future.
This function comes just after the NRCS completed another milestone campaign, the winter campaign which was aimed at educating communities about the dangers of using unsafe products.
The campaign opened our eyes and taught us many things which we need to implement as a regulator in the near future. During the winter campaign, we also engaged the business community urging them to comply with our compulsory specifications so that we donít end up destroying their products like we are doing today. Ours is not to destroy businesses but to ensure that citizens of this country do not buy unsafe commodities.
Todayís event further underpins our commitment in the fight against unscrupulous manufactures and suppliers of products that do not conform to the compulsory specifications. It also signals the hard work of our inspectors who are working tirelessly on the ground to ensure that consumers get value for money.
In conclusion, I would like to urge all South Africans ad industry players to work closely with the regulator to identify non-compliant products so as to protect our citizens from harm and possible loss of live cause by some of these unsafe products. I also wish all women who are in our midst today a happy womenís day on 9 August.
I thank you