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Draft Standards Published for Comment

November 3, 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 43855 in terms of the Standards Act.

Draft standards include inflatable play equipment – safety requirements and test methods; road traffic safety – good practices for implementing commuting safety management; chemicals used for treatment of water intended for human consumption; digital addressable lighting interface – part 221: particular requirements for control gear – demand response (device type 20); project, programme and portfolio management – vocabulary; lead-acid starter batteries – part 6: batteries for micro-cycle applications; non-destructive testing – penetrant testing and magnetic particle testing – viewing conditions and ultrasonic non-destructive testing – reference blocks and test procedures for the characterization of contact search unit beam profiles.

New standards include plastic carrier bags and flat bags; systems and software engineering – content of life-cycle information items (documentation); security and resilience – business continuity management systems- requirements; insulation co-ordination – part 2: application guidelines; hard coal – size analysis by sieving; solid mineral fuels – determination of total fluorine in coal, coke and fly ash; set-top box decoder for free-to-air digital terrestrial television and management of terminology resources – data category specifications.

Amended standards are also listed including alcohol-based hand sanitizer and handrub – consolidated edition incorporating amendment No.2.

Meanwhile, the department recently briefed parliament’s standing committee on appropriations on its role and those of its entities in stimulating economic growth in South Africa.

The department pointed out that high-growth emerging economies share a number of common characteristics including centrality of industrial policy within countries’ economic policy; strong partnerships between private-sector and government; use of the full array of policy tools to achieve inclusive growth and development and responsiveness of government policy and programmes to changing environments, and emerging risks and opportunities.

Key policy interventions outlined include creating a conducive, enabling environment for inclusive growth; expanding and deepening South Africa’s industrial base and targeted transformation measures.

In its briefing, the Competition Commission declared that its priorities for the medium term are aligned with the economic recovery programme.

However, it pointed out that “budgetary constraints and reduced fee income from merger filings will impact on the ability to engage in enforcement action in the future given the substantial costs of litigation and the need to staff market inquiries”.