Consumer Protection Law

The Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 (the CPA) came into force on 1 April 2011. The CPA applies concurrently with various other pieces of consumer protection legislation such as the National Credit Act, the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, the Medical Schemes Act, the Foodstuffs, Disinfectants and Cosmetics Act and the Financial and Intermediary Services Act to name but a few. This means that it is always necessary to take an holistic view of the legislative landscape within which a business operates in order to ensure compliance.

Enactment of the Protection of Personal Information Bill delayed

The latest news on the Bill’s journey through the parliamentary committees is that on 13 February 2013 the NCOP’s Select Committee on Security and Constitutional Development heard more detailed submissions from its content advisor, the drafters from the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, the SA Law Reform Commisson and the Financial Services Board. See this article on Legalbrief Policy Watch.

New National Consumer Commissioner

It is has been reported that a new National Consumer Commissioner will be appointed by the end of the May. The new Commissioner will replace acting Commissioner Ebrahim Mohamed. This statement was made by the group head of the Department of Trade and Industry during a briefing to the MPs.

Retailers respond to allegations of mislabelled meat

I am not a particularly squeamish person and quite an adventurous eater, but when I eat donkey I would like to know that I am eating donkey. So, I was quite disturbed when I watched the meat mislabelling scandal unfold. This is the most informative article which I found, courtesy of IOL. It contains statements by all the big retailers that their products are all correctly labelled.

Update on POPI's progress

The Protection of Personal Information Bill was approved by the National Assembly in September last year. Before it can become an Act it has to be approved by the National Council of Provinces. The Select Committee on Security and Constitutional Development heard submissions on the Bill from the drafters as well as the SA Law Reform Commission and the FSB.

The Committee has asked for a more detailed briefing of the Bill and from what I can see on the Parliamentary Monitoring Group's webiste this meeting will take place on 4 March 2013.

The impact of POPI on marketers

I am talking at New Media's Contect Conference tomorrow on the implications of the Protection of Personal Information Bill for marketers. Here is a link to an interview which I did in anticipation of this event on


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