Draft Consumer Protection Bill (Notice 418 of 2006)

31st May 2006

To promote a fair, accessible and sustainable marketplace for consumer products and services and for that purpose to establish national norms and standards relating to consumer protection, provide for improved standards of consumer information, to prohibit certain unfair marketing and business practices, to promote responsible consumer behavior, to provide for harmonization of laws relating to the protection of consumers, to promote a consistent enforcement framework relating to consumer transactions and agreements, to establish the National Consumer Commission, to repeal the Consumer Affairs (Unfair Business Practices) Act, 1988 (Act No. 70 of 1988), the Trade Practices Act, 1976 (Act No. 76 of 1976), the Sales and Service Matters Act, 1964 (Act No. 25 of 1964), the Business Names Act, 1960 (Act No. 27 of 1960), the Businesses Act, 1991 (Act No. 71 of 1991), the Price Control Act, 1964 (Act No. 25 of 1964), and Sections 2 to 13, and sections 16 to 17 of the Merchandise Marks Act, 1941 (Act No. 17 of  1941); and to make consequential amendments to various other Acts, and to provide for related incidental matters.