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Comment Sought on Compulsory Specification for General Service Lamps

March 4, 2021

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

Comment is sought on a Compulsory Specification for Energy Efficiency and Functional Performance Requirements of General Service Lamps (GSLs) VC 9109.

The trade, industry and competition department called for comment in Government Gazette 44210.

The draft Compulsory Specification was drawn up in terms of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications Act, as amended through the Legal Metrology Act.

The proposed Compulsory Specification covers the energy efficiency and functional performance for general lighting directional and non-directional lamps of all shapes and finishes; using incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, light emitting diode (LED), and other light source technologies (not including high-intensity discharge lamps).

Comment is invited within two months of the date of publication.

Meanwhile, the department recently informed parliament that close to R70 billion has been invested towards re-igniting major key sectors that drive economic growth and job creation in the country.

In a briefing, the department pointed out that four Master Plans have been finalised and are currently being implemented in the Sugar, Automotive, Poultry, Retail – Clothing, Textile, Footwear and Leather (R-CTFL) industries.

The department added that two Master Plans in the Steel and Furniture sectors are still to be finalised.

Total investments include:

• Poultry – R1.5 billion;
• Automotive sector – R60 billion;
• R-CTFL – R6.7 billion; and
• Sugar – R1 billion.

In a statement, the portfolio committee on trade and industry highlighted the department’s input on compliance to localisation policy.

The department informed the committee that the forthcoming Draft Procurement Bill will include regulations and sanctions for those who do not comply.

The committee chairperson, Duma Nkosi, told the department that, to have protected growth, “we need to design a local procurement instrument”.

“It’s only when we have such an instrument that the ideal of the localisation of production can be realised. The Procurement Bill is one such instrument and will go a long way in fulfilling the core objectives of these master plans”, he said.

In another statement, the committee called for comment on the eight shortlisted candidates for the position of Chairperson of the Board of the National Lotteries Commission.

Comment on the candidates is invited until 8 March 2021.