Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI): Designation of products and components for local production and content in the public sector procurement system

Following the report in the July 2014 edition of this Bulletin that a Dti representative had advised the AMEU Technical Committee that one of the next sectors planned for designation included `Transformers’, Fin24 published a report on 18 August 2014 in which Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, is quoted as saying that `… (t)he designation of residential electricity meters is similarly binding on the public sector, including and especially municipalities’.

He said the designation of electricity meters and set top boxes for the digital migration, the localisation possibilities arising from the roll-out of broadband and the provision by government of a range of other policy measures inclusive of incentives are contributing to the creation of an enabling environment to significantly grow the domestic electro-technical sector.

Minister Davies also said that "South Africa possesses the capacity and capabilities to manufacture smart meters locally to the required high standards," and "Public procurement has been spent on imported products in conditions where local manufacturers have the capacity to manufacture locally, at competitive prices."

The full Fin24 article may be viewed at http://www.fin24.com/Companies/Industrial/Boats-electric-meters-for-local-procurement-20140818.

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