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Dissolvement of SABS Board and Interim Accounting Authority

27 JULY 2018

On 29 June 2018 Dr Rob Davies, the Minister of Trade and Industry, dissolved the Board of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) with immediate effect and placed the entity under the control of three co-administrators.

The Minister has appointed Mr Garth Strachan, previously the deputy director-general for industrial development; Dr Tshenge Demana, the chief director of technical infrastructure institutions and Ms Jodi Scholtz, the Group Chief Operating Officer at the dti as the co-administrators. They will now serve as the interim Accounting Authority for the SABS Group.

The co-administrators will remain in their position until 30 January 2019 and have been tasked, by Minister Rob Davies, with producing a diagnostic report and a turnaround plan for entity.

The events of the preceding weeks pertain to governance and operational concerns between the Minister and the previous Board of Directors. There has, however, been no interruptions to the operations of the SABS.

The SABS continues with the development of national standards and conformity assessment (such as testing) for the private and public sector.

The SABS has an approved business plan in place for 2018/19, has received its first transfer payment from the dti and is expected to report on organisational performance for each quarter of the year.

There should be no impact on customers and should any queries arise then please direct them to info@sabs.co.za which will be answered by our customer contact centre.