The Government has issued Statutory Instrument (SI) number 59 of 2013 to effectively monitor the quality of electrical cables on the market, Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Emmanuel Chenda has said.
Mr Chenda said the SI will be implemented through the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS), following the provision of cable testing equipment and manpower by the Zambia Metal Fabricators (ZAMEFA) last week.
He said the implementation of the SI could not be done without the availability of test equipment and trained manpower.
Mr Chenda said this in Luanshya last Friday when he graced the official handover of the cable quality testing equipment by ZAMEFA to ZABS.
The cable testing equipment which was valued at US$ 26,547.68 was coupled with a three week training programme for two ZABS employees who have been tutored by ZAMEFA on how to handle the machinery.
“This handover was as a result of an engagement between ZAMEFA and ZABS, in 2012, following a request for Zambian standards on electrical cables to be declared compulsory, to maintain quality on the local market and enhance safety.
“While Government through the ZABS recognised the need to effectively monitor the quality of electrical cables on the market, the implementation of the SI could not be done without test equipment and trained manpower.
“However, with this in place, ZABS will now be in a position to implement SI 59 of 2013 to effectively monitor the quality and safety of imported and locally manufactured products,” he said.
Mr Chenda said implementing the SI will help minimise the dangers that may be caused by poor quality cables to infrastructure and human life.
ZAMEFA acting managing director Roseta Mwape said the company made the investment in the machinery to support Government in enforcing product quality rules and regulations.
“This investment in training and manpower will enable ZABS to test products locally and those being imported into the country, and ZAMEFA is prepared to go a step further to ensure that ZABS enforces this strategy in terms of inspection.
Ms Mwape said the manufacturing industry could not survive if bureaus of standards had no capacity and vigilance to ensure that the country is not subjected to low quality commodities.