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Draft Standard on Fire-Fighting Equipment Drawn Up

August 5, 2019

Department of Trade and Industry

5 August 2019

A draft standard on the production of reconditioned fire-fighting equipment has been published for comment.

The trade and industry department published the draft standard in Government Gazette 42608 for comment.

The proposed standard focuses on portable and wheeled rechargeable fire extinguishers.

Other draft standards published for comment include the production of reconditioned fire-fighting equipment part 2: fire hose reels, hydrants and booster connection; greywater reuse systems – general requirements; the manufacture of washable, reusable sanitary towels and hard coal and coke – mechanical sampling part 6: coke – preparation of test samples.

New standards published include food safety management – requirements for prerequisite programmes; sterilization of health-care products; electrical accessories- cord sets and interconnection cord sets and quality management systems- guidelines for quality management in projects.

Withdrawn standards focus on size designation of clothes part 3: infants’ garments; size designation of clothes part 5: headware; safety footware-impact assessment and garment construction and anthropometric surveys – body dimensions.

Meanwhile, speaking at the African Ministers Consultative Meeting in Abidjan, Cote d’ Ivoire, the trade and industry minister, Ebrahim Patel, highlighted the importance of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement and the need to align trade partnerships to its goals.

The meeting preceded the AGOA Forum with the United States, currently underway.

The minister pointed out that Sub-Saharan Africa only uses 13 percent of the tariff lines under the bigger Generalised System of Preferences.

“We are here to discuss how to turn that around, to identify challenges and to take steps to increase utilisation of AGOA preferences as well as to deepen trade and investment relationships Africa and US,” he indicated.