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2021 British Lions Tour Designated a Protected Event

April 30, 2021

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

The 2021 British and Irish Lions Rugby Tour has been designated as a “protected event”.

The trade, industry and competition department published the designation in Government Gazette 44500 in terms of the Merchandise Marks Act.

According to the final notice, the protected event status is conferred “on the understanding that the event is in the public interest and that the Organisers of the event (hereinafter referred to as “Organisers “) will create opportunities for South African businesses, in particular those from the previously disadvantaged communities”.

Conditions include that public sector procurement principles such as procedural and substantive fairness, equity, transparency and competitiveness must be complied with; procurement policies need to promote locally produced goods and services and an impact assessment/report on the British and Irish Lions Rugby Tour on communities in South Africa must be drawn up at least six months and not more than 12 months after the termination of the “protected event” designation.

The “protected event” designation ends on 31 August 2021.

In Gazette 44501, the department published a prohibition on the use of certain words and emblems associated with the 2021 British and Irish Lions Rugby Tour of South Africa.

The list of logos for which use is prohibited is set down.

Identical or similar marks already in use will not be affected by the prohibition.

The prohibition ends on 31 August 2021.

Meanwhile, the department has announced, in partnership with Proudly South African, the launch of an online furniture portal.

In a statement, the department pointed out that the portal flows from the Furniture Sector Master Plan adopted at the end of last month.

“The portal provides a non-transactional site which, when fully populated, will be a valuable resource for any purchasers of furniture from private consumers, to large corporates and any public sector body.”