South Africa: Calls for Comment on New Lighting Regulations

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  • South Africans have until 30 April 2021 to comment on the recently gazetted specifications for general service lamps.
  • The specifications aim to improve the safety, performance and energy efficiency of lightbulbs approved for use in South Africa by phasing out inefficient and environmentally harmful lighting products.
  • If passed, lighting products which do not meet the specifications would be removed from the market.

“For example, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) currently on the market would not meet the specifications; it is more likely that LEDs would become the preferred choice of lamp. Although CFLs are often known as ‘energy saving’ lamps, they contain mercury which can be harmful to humans and to the environment,” explains Ashanti Mogosetsi, Project Manager –

Appliance Standards and Labelling Programme at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI).

“However, if CFLs make a technological advancement and meet these specifications in the future, then they could be legally sold. The purpose of the specifications is not to ban any particular lighting products, but to mandate their safety and performance standards. SANEDI believes the gazetted regulations, if passed, would be a milestone in the journey towards a more environmentally sustainable country,” he added.

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On 1 March 2021, on the recommendation of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS), the Department for Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) proposed compulsory specifications for Energy Efficiency and Functional Performance Requirements and Safety Requirements of general service.

Link to notice HERE

Comment is invited for two months after the publication of these notices. Public comment can be made in writing to the CEO of the NRCS until 30 April 2021. Comment can be sent to Private Bag X 25, Brooklyn, 0075.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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