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Draft Standards Published for Comment

April 15, 2019

Department of Trade and Industry

15 April 2019

Draft standards have been published for comment.

The trade and industry department published the draft standards in Government Gazette 42391 for comment.

Draft standards include water efficiency in buildings, the use and control of fire-fighting equipment, personal protective equipment and protective clothing against the thermal hazards of an electric arc and quality management systems – guidelines for quality management in projects.

New standards are also listed including the requirements for the marking and identification of degradable plastics; frozen lobster, frozen lobster products and products derived therefrom; dried abalone; transportable pressure receptacles for compressed, dissolved and liquefied gases – basic design, manufacture, use and maintenance; strongroom doors or vault doors and uniform provisions concerning the approval of passenger cars with regard to braking.

Amended and withdrawn standards are also listed.

Meanwhile, the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Advisory Council recently met in Pretoria.

The B-BBEE Advisory Council was set up to advise the president and government on B-BBEE and transformation of the South African economy in order to achieve an inclusive economy.

The Council urged government to “finalise the development of regulations for verification agencies and B-BBEE practitioners to complement the work of the B-BBEE Commission and South African National Accreditation System”.

Concerns were raised on the use of broad-based ownership schemes and trusts that do not meet ownership requirements, abuse of the third party for enterprise development, supplier development and skills development and the non-participation of black shareholders and directors in 51% black owned structures.

The Council also called for the strengthening of South Africa’s procurement laws in order to boost B-BBEE compliance.

A Transformation Week is in the pipeline to “showcase best B-BBEE practice, create awareness, and educate, with platform to share progress and introspect regarding economic transformation”.