SABS to answer to allegations of ineptitude

Source: EU

The South Africa Bureau of Standards (SABS) will present its turnaround strategy to the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry tomorrow following an inquiry launched by the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) in March this year.

This after DA Trade and Industry shadow minister, Dean Macpherson, revealed that the standards setting entity had lost 401 customers since April last year as they no longer trusted its testing process.

“South Africa cannot afford to have a dysfunctional standards and certification body as this negatively impacts businesses who rely on standards for market access and growth,” he said.

Macpherson also stated that Davies should shoulder the blame for the chaos currently unfolding at SABS.

“Minister Rob Davies has either ignored or remained non-committal to the DA’s repeated requests calling for the dissolution of the SABS board and for specific timelines by which the proposed turnaround strategy will be implemented,” he added.

SABS will update the committee on the funding of its testing function within the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications, progress on accreditation of laboratories, and measures taken by SABS – since the start of the inquiry – to fix the challenges faced by the authority.


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