New Trade Measures board appointed, tasked with upholding consumers rights

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By Alois Vinga

INDUSTRY and Commerce Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu, has appointed a five member Trade Measures Board (TMB) to take charge for the next five years.

Ndlovu announced the appointments under General Notice 675 of 2019 published in the Government Gazette Friday.

“It is hereby notified that the Minister of Industry and Commerce has, in terms of section 11of the Trade Measures Act, appointed board members for a period of three years commencing 2019 to 2022,” reads the notice in part.

The five are board chairperson Matthew Ranganayi, his deputy  Danmore Mabambe and board members, Rosemary Musarurwa Charerwa, Christopher Ngwenya as well as Stella Nkomo.

Ranganai holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Applied Chemistry and Chemical Technology from the University of Zimbabwe and Central South University of Technology (China), respectively.

He worked as a Research Scientist in the Biotechnology Research Institute in 1999 before moving to the National Metrology Institute in 2002 where he kick-started Chemical Metrology capacity for Zimbabwe before becoming the Institute Director in 2007.

Speaking to Business over the recent appointments Saturday, Ndlovu revealed that the board was charged with making make sure that consumers are protected from substandard goods and services.

“We also want them to publicise their work output so that consumers are satisfied that they are not subjected to substandard products. We are serious about streamlining consumer protection issues,” he said.

According to the Trade Measures Act the board has authority to supervise issues around measurements, calibration, weights and adherence to prescribed standards by the manufacturers to ensure that consumers are not misled when they purchase goods and services.

Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries president, Sifelani Jabangwe also commended the new appointments pointing to the fact that key private sector players are included.