SPEECH BY THE ACTING CEO OF NRCS, MR MOSES MOELETSI AT THE LAUNCH OF THE NRCS KWAZULU NATAL OFFICE
AS AT: 8 JULY 2009
Ladies and gentleman
Today marks yet another turning point in our calendar as we launch our fourth regional office. We started with our PE office, followed by Bloemfontein then Cape Town and now Durban. This is one of the pinnacles of all we have set ourselves to do – engaging with stakeholders and making ourselves more accessible to them.
We remain resolute in our determination to work together with all our stakeholders including yourselves primarily because we believe that all of us working together is by far and beyond critical in leading South Africa towards economic growth as we grapple with the problems and uncertainties posed in this time of change.
Ladies and Gentleman, since the promulgation of the NRCS Act, which led to the birth of this organisation, a lot has been accomplished in the context of promotion and protection of these rights. Our inspectors go out in full force to check against any act of unlawfulness. It is our aim to act strongly against non compliance of products and commodities.
If products are not complying with relevant compulsory specifications, we will act. As I speak, we have been in contact with some of the companies with the view to get them to amend their ways. If I were to cite just one example, you might have seen recently in the papers a company published an advert calling on all the owners of their vehicles to bring them for modification. This came as a result of our intervention. We do this not only to protect the consumer but you also from the Industry to ensure fair trade. And so we want to wok with you and not against you.
It is worth mentioning though that all this is made possible by working conjointly with our partners. We also work closely with various government departments such as the Departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Health, Labour and Transport, among others.
We also participate in some international forums to make sure that everything we do is aligned with the world best practices.
Our Legal Metrology Division is a member of the International Legal Metrology Organisation (OIML). Through this international engagement, NRCS is a host of the OIML TC6 secretariat on prepacked goods and hosted a meeting in Pretoria in March 2009. The committee is busy with the development of a Certificate scheme which will facilitate Bi laterals and multilaterals for the trade in prepacked commodities.
The department is also the secretariat of the SADCMEL work is assisting government to in meet their obligations under the SADC Trade Protocol through the harmonisation of technical regulations which will facilitate cross border trade.
Electrotechnical and Gambling participates in various international committees as well such as the following:
Ř International Electrotechnical Commission System of Electrical Equipments and Components – Committee of Testing laboratory (IECEE-CTL) – Cezh Republic
Ř International Electrotechnical Commission System of Electrical Equipments and Components (IECEE CMC) – South Korea
Ř Gaming Regulators Africa Forum (GRAF) – Kenya
Ř Inspection Benchmarking with China Quality Certification (CQC) – Beijing, China
Ř International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee (TC) 61 Annual General meeting (AGM) – Sao Paolo, Brazil
Ř Proficiency/ Witness Testing – Samsung, South Korea
FAI is the officially appointed competent authority for the issuing of Health Guarantees for fishery products exported to the European Union. The Division has been appointed by the Department of Health to issue Health Guarantees to the Far East.
Secretariat to the “SADC Forum on the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations” and has been responsible for the drafting of the documents.
These are but few of the work that we do internationally and regionally.
I should emphases Ladies and Gentleman that consumers have the right to safe products and services and therefore they should be protected against products, services and production processes that are dangerous to their health and overall life. We cannot sit back and watch while people are dying as a result of these inferior products.
I m glad to announce that NRCS is now available to offer a platform for collective actions and as a focal point for collaboration across diverse role players to make a lasting impact to the communities through the opening of all these offices I have referred earlier including this one.
It took extra-ordinary effort by many who made sure that we could be here at this point. Indeed, the promulgation of the NRCS Act in 2008 heralded a new dawn in our lives.
Now ladies and Gentleman, It gives us a great deal of satisfaction to at this point, officially launch the NRCS KwaZulu Natal office. May it be a shining beacon of hope for the protection of consumer rights and the advancement of human protection.