Local goods must be made in SA

Trade and Industry clamps down on local businesses selling non-South African made goods.

Trade and Industry clamps down on local businesses selling non-South African made goods. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Friday government is clamping down on local businesses who are selling goods that are not authentically South African.

The minister has given the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) the responsibility of verifying South African produced goods.

The office will also make sure that local businesses awarded government contracts are actually manufacturing their goods on home soil.

The bureau's Chief Executive Officer Bonakele Mehlomakulu said consumers deserve goods of the highest quality.

"We would verify that it is actually a South African product, not just dressed up as South African. We'll go to the factories and check how much of those components come from South African factories."