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Draft Standards Published for Comment

December 13, 2019

Department of Trade and Industry

13 December 2019

Draft Standards on Road Marking Materials- Road Trials have been published for comment.

The trade and industry department published the proposed standards in Government Gazette 42902.

They were drawn up in terms of the Standards Act.

Other draft standards published for comment include stationary source emissions – determination of low range mass concentration of dust – part 1 manual gravimetric method; packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices and sterile urethral catheters for single use.

New standards include programmable controllers – part 8: guidelines for the application and implementation of programming languages; stationary source emissions; insulated bushings for alternating voltages above 1 000 V; hard coal and coke – mechanical sampling part 6: coke – preparation of test samples and vehicles, boats and internal combustion engines – radio disturbance characteristics – limits and methods of measurement for the protection of on-board receivers.

Amended and withdrawn standards are also listed.

In Notice 659, more draft standards have been published for comment.

They include systematic evaluation of coal exploration results, inventory coal, coal resources and coal reserves; testing of fibre optic cables; cosmetics – microbiology – detection of pseudomonas aeruginosa; the design, erection, use and inspection of access scaffolding part 1: steel access scaffolding; innovation management – innovation management system – guidance and washer-disinfectors part 4: requirements and tests for washer-disinfectors employing chemical disinfection for thermolabile endoscopes.

New and amended standards are also listed.

Meanwhile, in Notice 648, the economic development department announced that the Competition Tribunal has received a complaint from the Competition Commission alleging that KAP Diversified Industrial (Pty) Ltd; Steinhoff International Holdings (Pty) Ltd and Sonae Arauco South Africa (Pty) Ltd engaged in a prohibited practice in contravention of the Competition Act.

In Notice 647, the department listed approved mergers by the Competition Tribunal.

Mergers include the acquisition of African Infrastructure Investment Fund by Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (SA) Ltd; SMD Technologies (Pty) Ltd by Carlyle SMD Investment Mauritius holding company; Roossenekal Foods Investments Holdings (Pty) Ltd by Roos Holdings (Pty) Ltd; Unitrans Motor Holdings (Pty) Ltd by CFAO Holdings South Africa (Pty) Ltd and Holdings (Pty) Ltd and Investec Asset Management SA Group Ltd and Investec Asset Management UK Group by Investec Asset Management Holdings (Pty) Ltd and Investec Asset Management Ltd.

In a separate matter, the trade and industry department announced that the inaugural Automotive Executive Oversight Committee (EOC) meeting took place in Pretoria.

According to the department, the “key responsibility of the EOC is the coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the progress made in the implementation of the South African Automotive Masterplan towards the achievement of its objectives”.

The EOC comprises representatives from the vehicle assemblers, automotive component suppliers, labour and government.
Six working groups are to be set up focusing on different pillars of the masterplan including local market optimisation, regional market development, localisation, infrastructure development, industry transformation and technology & associated skills development.

The plan is for the EOC to meet every three months.