Department of Trade, Industry and Competition
Amendments are proposed to the Compulsory Specification for Cement – VC 9085.
The trade, industry and competition department called for comment on the draft amendments in Government Gazette 44275.
The Compulsory Specification is drawn up in terms of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications Act of 2008, as amended through the Legal Metrology Act of 2014.
The Compulsory Specification covers the “requirements for the manufacture, marking, properties and performance of cement, intended for construction use, irrespective of whether distributed in bulk or bagged form”.
It focuses on specific requirements, requirements for packaging and markings, exclusions, transitional arrangements regarding conformity to referenced South African National Standards (SANS).
Comment is invited within two months of the date of publication.
Meanwhile, in a statement, the department points out that the sugar industry is showing signs of growth as the Sugar Master Plan is implemented.
The industry saw a 15% growth in local sugar sales with increases in purchases of sugar from both the retail and industrial sectors including soft drink manufacturers.
According to the trade, industry and competition minister, Ebrahim Patel, challenges still need to be addressed, though, to ensure further growth.
“The industry will need to improve its competitiveness and ability to successfully export to new markets, while providing opportunities for small-scale farmers. The partnership with workers can be strengthened further. Work on new markets and industrial applications can provide a long-term growth drive for the sector. In this context, the development of a biofuels industry is now being considered”, he said.
Key objectives of the Master Plan include expanding markets for sugar-consumption, job retention and employment growth, transformation, small scale growers support, crop and value chain diversification, restoring local market and offtake commitment, as well as industry restructuring.