Industry created this mess, and now it must take responsibility and get out of it.

‘When the rubber hits the road’ – Good for tyres, except it does not work for plumbing. Image supplied by Sharyn Macnamara | Plumbing Africa

‘When the rubber hits the road’ – Good for tyres, except it does not work for plumbing. Image supplied by Sharyn Macnamara | Plumbing Africa

As mentioned by our editor in his November 2019 ‘Fitting Thought’ about the non-compliance that South Africa – and no doubt Africa – is drowning in, Plumbing Africa is doing some work in the market regarding the use of non-compliance and the excuses, (yes, excuses) being used to justify bringing such product into the country. This was in 2019 and the situation has become worse.

There is no problem with imports if they adhere to the national standards of this country.

Certainly, we encourage local manufacture as it creates many jobs in the broad meaning of manufacturer. Just as with imports, the benefit of job creation lies with the country delivering the imported product.

But I digress, inferior product such as the tap and flexible connector are not only cheap, but inferior.

Suppliers talk of guarantees and such, but fail to brag about the terms and conditions – which in most cases negate the “benefits.” Such as using an unqualified person to install the product. The T&C’s expressly state this – so cheap becomes expensive.

To cash in on an ignorant market, certain suppliers started bringing in these ‘Canton Fair’ goods and because price is a factor, instead of selling the sizzle, the cheap stuff sold the steak or in this case the ‘chop’.

So, to the other excuse, “because our competitor is bringing it in, we have to compete,” how weak, how pitiful, how sad.

Can one get more non-compliant taps than this? Image supplied by Sharyn Macnamara | Plumbing Africa

Can one get more non-compliant taps than this? Image supplied by Sharyn Macnamara | Plumbing Africa

What happened to having a conscious, some backbone, some integrity? What about the laws in this country that govern the health and safety of the people of this country?

All out of the window because of lack of enforcement, corruption and backhanders! What of the developer who gives the SABS mark the finger with the other excuse – who cares!

So, industry what are you going to do about it? NRCS are responsible for enforcement, but the industry uses the backdoor and underhanded methods of bypassing the law.

A recent exercise looking at the advertising from a retailer showed just how bad it is from the tap/mixer side, with the supplier to the retailer ducking and diving when questioned about the compliancy of products.

What about the local manufacturer who had SABS for their manufactured pipe, that no longer carries the Mark, but is still carried by merchants, hardware stores and such?

Interesting that the IOPSA Pledge signing held recently, apart from those who apologised for non-attendance but committed to the pledge, certain groups were absent! Makes one think!

Is profit more important that the health and safety of the people of this country?

Start selling the sizzle of compliance rather than being the ‘chop’!

We commend those who have consistently stuck to compliance and have shown their courage against these odds. We commend those who signed the Pledge of Compliance. This is the start of industry getting itself in order.