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Proposed Amendments to Compulsory Specification on Frozen Lobsters Drawn Up

April 6, 2021

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

The trade, industry and competition department seeks comment on proposed amendments to the Compulsory Specification for frozen lobsters and frozen lobster products derived therefrom – VC 8020.

The call for comment was made in Government Gazette 44380 in terms of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications Act as amended by the Legal Metrology Act.

The Compulsory Specification applies to frozen lobsters and frozen lobster products derived therefrom for direct consumption or further processing.

It does not apply to products handled by fish shops (over the counter sale shops), hotels, boarding houses, restaurants or other eating houses mainly for catering purposes.

Comment is invited within two months of the date of publication.

In Gazette 44378, the department announced the extension of the current period of designation of the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) for a further three months until 30 June 2021.

The designation was made in terms of section 10 (3)(b)(iv) of the Competition Act.

The section deals with exemptions from Chapter 2 of the act on prohibited practices.

SAPIA is a voluntary association founded in July 1994 by Chevron South Africa, Engen Limited, Shell South Africa, Total South Africa and BP South Africa.

The designation enables the industry to continue coordination between industry stakeholders to ensure security of liquid fuels supply to the local economy.

The extension applies from 1 April 2021.

In Gazette 44379, the department announced that, in terms of regulation 2(2) of the Legal Metrology Regulations, “any person who uses for a prescribed purpose, any equipment which was allowed to be used in terms of any law requiring compliance to a South African National Standard, may continue to use such equipment until such time as a legal metrology technical regulation is published in terms of section 15 of the Legal Metrology Act”.

The notice came into effect on the date of publication.