Department of Trade and Industry
8 April 2019
A prohibition on the use of the words “Parma Ham” in terms of the Merchandise Marks Act is on the cards.
The trade and industry department called for comment on the proposed prohibition in Government Gazette 42380.
The proposed prohibition follows a request from the Consorzio Del Prosciutto Di Parma, an Italian voluntary consortium of Parma Ham producers, to impose a prohibition.
The prohibition would apply to any trade, business, profession, occupation or event, or a trade mark, mark or trade description applied to goods other than the use thereof by the consortium or its members.
Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.
Meanwhile, small business development minister, Lindiwe Zulu, has announced the initiation of research on opportunities for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME) within special economic zones (SEZ) and how challenges associated with these opportunities can be overcome to ensure meaningful participation.
The study, to be concluded in June 2019, includes “exploring international best practices regarding what are the opportunities and how these were effected for SMMEs within SEZs such as in China and Singapore; and identify the opportunities and the modality to realise these opportunities for SMMEs and co-operatives in SEZs in South Africa”.