Social media can be used for dishonest people and companies to sell non-compliant goods that go against the compulsory standards.

A bunch of collected geysers ready for refurbishing, that have no value insofar as lifespan is concerned. Image supplied by Plumbing Africa | Rory Macnamara

A bunch of collected geysers ready for refurbishing, that have no value insofar as lifespan is concerned. Image supplied by Plumbing Africa | Rory Macnamara

This does not only apply to so-called refurbished geysers – which seem to be the order of the day, with the latest one claiming that their geyser is SABS Approved!

Upon requesting proof of certificate and LOA from IOPSA, no response was received. It is now in the hands of SABS Legal with a request to handle this with urgency.

A refurbished geyser cannot meet the tests and requirements of SANS 151. Whilst one of these manufacturers has undertaken to have his tested at a recent IOPSA meeting, this was a promise made some two years ago to the NRCS.

Taps and mixers are also falling into this category, with developers are having installed the most outrageous nickel or zinc taps that are not compliant.

IOPSA’s initiative to gain commitment from suppliers is commendable, and Plumbing Africa will be watching those who are not part of the Pledge Signing!