'Standards bureau has lost nearly 1000 customers in the last two years'

The state of affairs at the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has come under scrutiny.

According to Business Day, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies is concerned about the SABS and has instructed the agency’s board to urgently oversee the development of a turnaround strategy.

SABS has the critical function of testing and certifying the quality and safety of products, and public confidence in the soundness of its testing is vital.

READ: What the SABS approval mark means for consumers and manufucturers

The DA's Shadow Minister for Trade and Industry, Dean Macpherson, says in the last two financial years the SABS has lost nearly a thousand customers and caused an exodus and loss of revenue of nearly R15 million for the entity.

This is obviously very concerning because this was only made aware to the minister after my questions were put to him.

Dean Macpherson, Shadow Minister for Trade and Industry at Democratic Alliance

Its concerning that the minister is not aware of what is going on at the South African Bureau of Standards and it really speaks to a lack of oversight.

He adds that the real issue at heart is that customers are loosing confidence within the SABS to verify, test products and to certify them as meeting standards within South Africa.

Listen below to hear what Macpherson had to say:


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