The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) has postponed its collaborative dialogue with Proudly South African on “Locally Produced Products: Compliance with the Industrial Technical Institutions” to 05 November.
According to the dtic deputy minister, the objective of the dialogue is 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.
The Minister said that dialogue also aimed to educate consumers and manufacturers on the mandates of the dtic’s technical industrial institutions and to educate the public on the #BuyLocal campaign. We will also highlight the importance of buying products which comply with approved technical standards and regulations and create awareness on fake goods illegally bearing Proudly South African’s logo and the South African Bureau of Standards stamp of approval.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Proudly South African added that supporting locally grown, produced and manufactured goods and services had never been more important than now.
The dtic agencies participating in the dialogue are the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS), South African National Accreditation System (SANAS), South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), and National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA). It is said that together they will unlock institutional capacity to drive industrial competitiveness and ensure quality assurance of all locally manufactured products.
Story by: Riaan de Lange