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 indeed a great honour and pleasure to officially welcome you this morning to witness yet another destruction process which is a culmination of dedication and hard work displayed by our team of inspectors in the Western Cape region.
Few weeks back, we were in Kwa-Zulu Natal where we destroyed thousands of unsafe electrical products – this to declare war against importers and manufactures who continue to flood our market with unsafe products. We do this ladies and gentlemen to protect South African citizens from harm and exploitation against unscrupulous business practices.
Ladies and gentleman, today’s function confirms that we are on the right path as the regulator in our quest to remove all non-compliant commodities in our country thus creating a safer environment within which our people can live. Our inspection work continues to improve and so is our response time when we get tip offs about businesses that are offering unsafe products.
We are tightening our regulation activities to sustain and encourage fair competition while at the same time protecting consumers against unethical and exploitative trade practices. To further demonstrate our commitment to protect consumers, the NRCS has piloted a border enforcement project in various land and sea ports to make sure that products are intercepted before that have had the opportunity to be in our market. We have deployed inspectors at Cape Town and Durban Harbours, Vioolsdrift, and Lebombo border near Mozambique and Namibia respectively. This is in support of the current methodology which includes random sampling and investigation. It is the view of the NRCS that its methodology must have a strong deterrence effect and should not be easy to circumvent
This in an effort to monitor goods that are imported into South Africa, recognising that continued improvement and the identification of gaps in regulation are necessary to ensure consumer protection in an ever-changing global market. To date, significant inroads have been made to stop products from entering the country.
We do this ladies and gentlemen not with the intention to put the Industry out of business but in recognition of the fact that absence of regulation could have adverse effects on both consumers and the Industry alike. Industry members who are offering non-compliant products if found should be penalised.
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 the hard work of our inspectors working together with various stakeholders such as SARS and the SAPS and many others. These products are estimated at millions of rands.
In conclusion, I would like to urge all South Africans and Industry players to work closely with the Regulator to identify non-compliant products. The NRCS will continue to conduct inspections at manufactures, distributors and retailers regularly and when it is required, sampling will be done and products subjected to testing to check against compliancy and where non-compliance exist, sanctions will be imposed immediately to the perpetrators.
I thank you