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Technical Regulation Under the Spotlight

November 12, 2020

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

Technical regulation is key in supporting local manufacturing and entrepreneurship.

The chief director of industrial procurement at the trade, industry and competition department, Dr Tebogo Makube, declared this following a webinar on technical regulations.

The webinar was hosted by the department in partnership with Proudly South Africa.

In a statement, the department pointed out that the webinar was designed to “highlight the economic benefits to the South African economy of buying local, and key sectors which can make a significant contribution to job creation and economic growth for the country”.

Dr Makube added that “standards, measurements, certifications and other aspects that require regulation are also key in promoting locally produced products and their access to market”.

He highlighted a need to identify gaps in technical regulations and show how the correct application of such regulations can protect the population and the economy from harmful goods.

Dr Makube indicated that South Africa cannot “disregard complaints that expose the country for not using its standards nor can we ignore the role of technical regulators in protecting local markets”.

Meanwhile, the department recently briefed parliament on the trade and industry and economic development departments’ 2019/20 Annual Reports.

In terms of the economic development department, highlights include the Data Market Inquiry, Grocery Retail Market, implementation of the Competition Amendment Act, proposed export tax on scrap metal expected to be finalised during the next financial year and Industrial Development Corporation funding.

The department pointed out that opportunities that will arise from the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) will need partnerships with the private sector.

AfCFTA is set to come into operation in January 2021.