Quality regulator finds complaints against Lucky Cement unfounded

(South Africa/Pakistan)  —  Chief executive Thomas Madzivhe of National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) has said that no evidence has been found of inferior cement being imported by Lucky Cements, Pakistan, to South African market.

The NRCS had given samples to the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) for testing.

“They conducted a full test, which takes about 28 processes, covering all aspects like the strength and components to judge its performance,” he told the National Press Club in Pretoria on Tuesday.

“They came back to us and said there have done all checks and tests that they can do. They said this cement complies with our regulations in South Africa.” He added.

The complaints against Lucky Cement, Pakistan’s largest cement producer, were raised by a local cement production industry. As a result, the importation and sale of cement from Lucky Cement was halted last year.

The Natal Portland Cement (NPC) took NRCS to the KwaZulu-Natal High Court demanding that all distributors selling Lucky cement be investigated for selling inferior products.

Acting executive for non-perishable products Musa Ndlovu added that the investigation, which started in 2010, was completed about three months ago.

Further, Ndlovu said that, since 2010, the only irregularity that has been found throughout South Africa was short measure, wherein a 50 kg bag of cement was found to be a few kilogrammes lighter. But, he noted, the quality of the cement was on par with the country’s standards.

Ndlovu and Madzidve said that only the local producers have complained to date and that the builders markets and distributors of the products had not yet reported subpar quality.

Musa Ndlovu, said, “Again, we did the investigation and the results said there was no issue relating to the cement that is imported from Pakistan,” Ndlovu said. “We then filed our responding affidavits to the court, saying there was no ground for us to take measures against Lucky Cement.”

The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) had been carrying out annual inspections at the manufacturing plant of Lucky Cement Ltd in Pakistan, as stipulated in the regulations.

By: Rashmi Kalia (ARI-C NEWS)

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