Pretoria – Citizens in the Eastern Cape will get an opportunity to learn more about consumer laws and how they affect their daily lives.
The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) will from next Wednesday hold its national educational drive on consumer and corporate regulation legislation in that province. The campaign will be held in Port Elizabeth, Queenstown and East London. It will conclude on Friday.
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says the dti decided to hold the campaign to respond to the lack of information, particularly in far-flung rural areas, where it’s difficult to reach citizens.
The laws that will be covered during this campaign are the liquor, national gambling, lotteries, national credit, consumer protection, copyright and companies acts.
With this campaign, we firstly aim to engage with members of the public, educate them about the implications of these acts on their daily lives and also promote a culture of activism, and exercising their rights using these pieces of legislation as their last line of defence, said Minister Davies.
Well-informed and equipped officials are part of the campaign to field questions from the public on the legislation.
We do look forward to extensive and educational engagements with the public and hope that at the conclusion of this campaign we will have empowered citizens with the know-how to do what is right for them and their communities, said the Minister.
The campaign began in Limpopo last month.
Source: South African Government News Agency