MANY homes could be subjected to a dull festive season this year as the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) is set to destroy thousands of Christmas lights tomorrow.
The regulator has destroyed an estimated R20-million worth of products that did not comply with South African standards since the beginning of the year.
NRCS spokesman Daniel Ramarumo said confiscated products worth R10-million would be destroyed in Durban tomorrow. Of this, R1.8-million's worth was found in Durban.
The interception and destruction of non- compliant goods is aimed at protecting human health, the environment and fair trade.
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies will witness the destruction.
"Products to be destroyed range from steam irons, plugs, respirators, adaptors, compact fluorescent lamps, incandescent lamps for vehicles, cellphone chargers, paraffin stoves, plastic carriers, Christmas lights, television sets, electric kettles, hair clippers, microphones, DVD players, extension cords to chandeliers," Ramarumo said.
"They were discovered by NRCS inspectors while conducting market surveillance aimed at ensuring compliance with compulsory specifications and ridding the country of unsafe products. A significant percentage of the products were intercepted at the ports of entry, including sea ports and inland."
The regulator ordered a nation-wide recall of a new Dettol disinfectant liquid that had been imported from the United Kingdom.
The product had not been registered with the NRCS and its compliance to safety standards could not be ascertained.
The product was sent for testing and it failed the bacterial efficacy test, which rendered it unsafe for human use.