Department of Trade and Industry
Comment is sought on a draft amendment to the Compulsory Specification for Canned Meat Products.
The trade and industry published the call for comment in Government Gazette 42286.
The compulsory specification applies to the manufacture, production, processing and treatment of hermetically sealed (canned) meat products.
The compulsory specification focuses on definitions and general administrative, specific and markings and labelling requirements.
Comment is invited within two months of the date of publication.
Meanwhile, the department also published two correction notices pertaining to the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications Act:
• Notice 368 – Amendment to the compulsory specification for pneumatic tyres for commercial vehicles and their trailers (VC 8059); and
• Notice 367 – amendment to the compulsory specification for pneumatic tyres for passenger cars and their trailers (VC 8056).
In Notice 369, the department published the prohibition on the use of the National Research Foundation (NRF) Mzansi for Science Logo.
The prohibition was set down in terms of the Merchandise Marks Act.
The Logo can only be used by the authority of the NRF.
In a separate matter, the department recently briefed parliament on three World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Treaties, namely, the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, WIPO Performances and Phonographs Treaty and the WIPO Copyright Treaty.
The department pointed out that benefits of the WIPO Treaties include that the Beijing Treaty will facilitate growth of the creative industry, authors and performers would enjoy the right to benefit from exploitation of works on the Internet, collection societies will be able to conclude license agreements for the digital exploitation of work and online exploitation and the adoption of appropriate exceptions and limitations will result in legal certainty for users on permitted uses of works.
The department indicated that the three WIPO Treaties were found to be consistent with domestic law, international law and South Africa’s international obligations.
As regards the Marrakesh treaty, the department announced that the process to accede to the Treaty will be resuscitated following enactment of the Copyright Amendment Bill, currently before the national council of provinces.