‘Made in South Africa’ heater surprise

2016-06-01 06:00

THE other day I purchased, from Game in Pietermaritzburg, an Econo-Heat panel wall heater to prepare myself for winter’s icy blasts.

Now, possibly the three most cherished words in the English language are “I love you” - at least among normal folk - although I must confess that my entreaties along these lines have been consistently ignored by Angelina Jolie, who stoically pretends that I do not exist.

At the other end of the spectrum there are those three-word groupings that instil fear, hatred and loathing. In my case those words are “Made in China”.

Which are precisely the words I expected to find when I got my heater home and unpacked it

Imagine my surprise to discover a product:

• Made in South Africa.

• Bearing the SABS stamp of approval.

• Superbly packed.

• Supplied with comprehensive instructions, including (would you believe) an 8mm drill bit for drilling the correct size holes in the wall.

• Polystyrene packing that also serves as a template for correctly placing the heater on the wall.

• A three-year warranty.

The electrician who installed it for me, whose presence was required because a new power point was needed, was equally impressed and even ventured to suggest: “You know what, John, I reckon this was all designed by a woman.”

Whether or not that was the case I just wanted to convey my thanks and appreciation for what appears to be a superb product.

The only thing I haven’t yet done is try it out, but I have every confidence that it will be well up to its allotted task.


john gardener Howick

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