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Draft Standards Published for Comment

May 19, 2020

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

Draft standards have been published for comment.

The trade, industry and competition department published the draft standards in Government Gazette 43316.

Draft standards include safety requirements for electrical equipment for measurement, control and laboratory use Part 2-010: particular requirements for laboratory equipment for the heating of materials and civil engineering test methods Part CO2-2: making and curing of test specimens.

New standards include stationary source emissions; vehicle security; preservative-treated timber; low-voltage switchgear and control gear; surge arresters; high-voltage switchgear and control gear and solid mineral fuels – guidance on the sampling of coal seams.

In Notice 271, the department published the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa’s (ITAC) call for comment on guidelines and conditions relating to the extension of safeguard measures.

The aim of the document is to provide a reference and procedural guide pertaining to the application for an extension of safeguard measures in terms of Amended Safeguard Regulation 21.7.

Amended Safeguard Regulation 21.7 provides that a definitive measure may be extended by a period of up to six years where ITAC finds that the lapse of the safeguard measure imposed in terms of subsection 6 is likely to lead to the recurrence of serious injury and evidence exists that the SACU industry is adjusting.

The extension of a safeguard measure is designed to allow interested parties 30 days for consultations prior to the application or extension of a definitive safeguard measure in order to review information, exchange views on the measure and discuss ways to maintain a “substantially equivalent level of concessions and other obligations vis-à-vis that country”.

The document focuses on requirements, properly documented application, initiation, essential facts and final determination.

In Notice 272, ITAC announced the initiation of an investigation for remedial action in the form of a safeguard against the increased imports of bolts with hexagon heads of iron or steel.

The South African Iron and Steel Institute lodged an application on behalf of the South African Fasteners Manufacturers’ Association.

“The applicant alleged and submitted prima facie information indicating that it is experiencing serious injury in the form of a decline in sales volumes, output, market share, utilisation of capacity, net profit and productivity for the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2019.”

ITAC agreed that prima facie information was submitted to indicate that the SACU industry was suffering serious injury causally linked to the surge in imports of the subject products.

Comment is invited within 20 days of the date of publication.

In Notice 273, the department published draft standards for comment.
Draft standards include recognition of Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) in South Africa; the wiring of premises; insulators for overhead lines; solid mineral fuels and specification for radio disturbance and immunity measuring apparatus and methods.