Minister: We must protect consumers

2012-03-16 20:02

Cape Town - Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies wants consumer agencies to join forces in protecting the public from dangerous items such as paraffin stoves.

Davies told Parliament's portfolio committee on trade and industry that "every now and again" the National Regulator of Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) held a destruction event where paraffin stoves were always featured.

"They run a bulldozer over all kinds of non-compliant goods and always among those are these paraffin stoves," he said.

The stoves, he said, were the kind of items that fell over and caused a fire in a squatter camp.

"The Consumer Act says anyone who supplies those is also culpable and it goes right up the supply chain," the minister said.

"So if we go to a squatter camp and we say 'don't buy the sub-standard stove' but the sub-standard stove is sold at a lower price, we are not going to achieve anything, because people make a price decision.

"But if it falls over and causes a fire the supplier is culpable under Consumer Act. As is everyone else down the line."

The department of trade and industry is in support of a commission that followed the precepts of the National Consumer Act and "robustly" protects consumers.

Davies said if agencies such as the National Consumer Commission and the NRCS worked closer together, his department could engage more on the issue of paraffin stoves.

"If some of our different agencies worked closer together we could achieve some important results," he said.

"The commission is required to act independently. But if we got the two agencies working closer together we could enter into an issue like that."

  • Klaus - 2012-03-16 20:33

    who protects Customers from thieving cANCer Ministers ? (Toll & other scam's)

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-17 11:36

      Typical ANC, completely missing the point. These stoves may be dangerous but when the alternative is starvation, hunger, cold and death, I'd take the stove, thanks. They act like we live in Europe whilst not dealing with fundamental issues.

  • Fussed - 2012-03-16 20:40

    Save us from:- Sub Standard roads, polititions, malema, service delivery, on and on and on

      Duncan Thabiso Mphailane - 2012-03-16 21:22

      Are you afraid of Malema?

      Fussed - 2012-03-17 07:46

      No, save us from having to listen to this brainless thing that should be the head of the toilet day summit

  • Mark - 2012-03-16 21:21

    He has a point, but this same minister seemed to think the LOTTO was ANC money.

      Francois - 2012-03-16 21:31

      I think I buy his argument that it goes up all the way in the supply chain and that people who live in squatter camps make a price decision and buy dangerous stoves. Now firstly this is a minista that did not know how to read an internal audit report on the Arms Deal, thus how he got this info, is amazing. Secondly, squatter camps should have been eradicated by now according to the ANC's promises, thus that is failure one. Education should be of such a nature that people can make these decisions because they can properly read and do sums. This does not happen. Failure 2 - SADTU this one is on you. Why the police cannot monitor the outlets at squatter camps is difficult to understand. Well all outlets for that matter. Failure 3. Were all houses not to be electrified by now? Failure 4. The consumers need to be protected against government and if we take the supply chain theory one step further, Rob, Nathi, Tokyo, Malusi etc must all be in jail. Rob, go read your audit report, get our arms deal money back, fire Cosatu as your partner in government, educate the people and start governing.

  • mike.clery - 2012-03-16 21:37

    This is a serious issue. But why is it still being "discussed" after years? And aren't almost all of these sub-standard stoves being imported (probably from China)? Why are they even being allowed into the country?

  • robynireton - 2012-03-16 21:37

    Companies can get involved in the LittleWood Cooker to help curb this problem. To find out more about this cooker that only uses 250grams of twigs to boil 6 litres of water - users 80% less wood there 80% less smoke - "More people die each year from indoor air pollution from cooking than from malaria" - The World Health Organisation. -

  • Glyn - 2012-03-16 21:55

    So, how do you get a stove that CANNOT fall over? Davies is an ass! Arse?

  • Glyn - 2012-03-16 22:14

    PARAFFIN STOVES?!?! WHAT ABOUT THE BILLIONS wasted on the arms deals? Rob Davies is a Tur*!!

      Francois - 2012-03-17 10:03

      Glyn, please don't bad mouth tur*s!!!

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-03-17 09:48

    If this minister wants to protect consumers, he should order a full scale investigation into how banks created credit and the many other things banks do that they never even want to answer upon.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-17 11:51

      Usery runs the world... don't go there, you will be taken out.

  • Ina - 2012-03-17 09:51

    If the supplier did everything in his / her power to warn the public / consumer of the dangers of such items the supplier can not be held responsible for the negligence of consumers .. there is not difference between a R1,6 million car and a R5 000 car being driven by an inconsiderate unlicensed incapable driver if he / she causes an accident.. it's not the manufacturer or the seller of the car's fault's not the pistol/ gun that kills it's the person holding the gun that presses the trigger , can the manufacturer /seller of the gun be held responsible if someone kills another with the gun ??Yes I understand consumers should be protected but you can't protect someone from his / her own ignorance ..

  • Fussed - 2012-03-17 12:29

    Have you ever seen a parifin stove turn it's self over Have you ever seen a knife jump up and stab someone Have you ever seen rock jump up and hit a car........this list can go on and on, so Mr Brainless what are your sugestions beside banning them

  • jamesbond - 2012-03-17 13:14


  • An observer - 2012-03-17 17:55

    Please protect the consumers from all the crap that comes out of the mouths of ANC leaders.

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