Consumer Protection

Updated: 

2018-12-06

Preliminary documents: 

Consumer Law Review - Department of Trade and Industry (2004-)

Originator: 

Select Committee on Economic and Foreign Affairs

Draft Bill
Draft bill full text: 
Year of publication: 

2006

Publication for comment (draft bill): 
Explanatory summary: 
Hearings, briefings and submissions on draft bill: 
Bill
Bill number: 

B19-2008

Year of publication: 

2008

Bill full text: 

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Hearings, briefings and submissions on bill: 

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Act
Act number: 

68 of 2008

Year of publication: 

2008

Commencement date: 

See schedule 2 of the Act - 24 October 2010 for the most; deferred to 31 March 2011 (GG 33581, Gen N 917, 20100923)

Act full text: 
Amendments: 

Amends the:

Repeals:

  • certain sections of the Merchandise Marks Act 17 of 1941
  • Business Names Act 27 of 1960
  • Price Control Act 25 of 1964
  • Sale and Service Matters Act 25 of 1964?
  • Trade Practices Act 76 of 1976
  • Consumer Affairs (Unfair Business Practices) Act 71 of 1988

Amended by the National Credit Amendment Act 19 of 2014

Further Information
SabinetLaw articles: 
News articles: 
Journal articles: 
  • Strachan, J ‘Time's up for hardcore marketing techniques: consumer law’ Without prejudice, Vol 5, Issue 6, Jul 2005, p.28-29
  • Roestoff, M & Renke, S ‘Debt relief for consumers – the interaction between insolvency and consumer protection legislation (part 1)’ Obiter, Vol 26, Issue 3, 2005, p. 561-574 - access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document
  • Roestoff, M & Renke, S ‘Debt relief for consumers – the interaction between insolvency and consumer protection legislation (part 2)’ Obiter, Vol 27, Issue 1, 2006, p. 98-110- access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document
  • Loubser, M & Reid, E ‘Liability for products in the Consumer Protection Bill 2006: a comparative critique’ Stellenbosch Law Review, Vol 17, Issue 3, 2006, p. 412-453 - access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document
  • Young, C ‘So you think it's easy to run a competition - think again: financial law’ Without prejudice, Vol 6, Issue 4, May 2006, p. 42-43
  • Avery, M ‘Caveat venditor: consumer law’ Without prejudice, Vol 6, Issue 5, June 2006, p. 24-25
  • Lee, A & Du Plessis, E ‘The Consumer Protection Bill: kill it, says new marketing body’ Journal of Marketing, Jun/Jul 2006, p. 3 - access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document
  • Anon ‘Promoting fair trade - how the Consumer Protection Bill will affect your business : fyi’ CEO: celebrating excellence in organisations, Vol 5, Issue 11, Nov 10-16 2006, p. 48-49
  • Geldenhuys, R ‘More red tape for insurers: insurers affected by the draft Consumer Protection Bill’ FA news, Nov 2006, pp. 10,12
  • Meyer, C ‘Commerce is about to change: consumer law’ Without prejudice, Vol 6, Issue 11, Dec 2006, p. 38-40
  • Abdurahman, Z ‘Everybody's done it: consumer law’ Without prejudice, Vol 6, Issue 11, Dec 2006, p. 37-38
  • Quinan, A ‘The new privacy legislation - a catastrophe or just survival or maybe a new beginning: DMA’ Marketing mix, Vol 24, Issue 11/12, 2006, p. 8-9
  • Kirby, N ‘The regulatory divide: complementary medicines and alternative remedies : dark side of the force ... ?’ Health management review Africa, Vol 3, Issue 2, Mar/Apr 2007, p. 3
  • Grootes, N ‘New bill proposes radical approach to pure economic loss: consumer law’ Without prejudice, Vol 7, Issue 4, May 2007, p. 31-32
  • Gilmour, C ‘A new redress -consumer rights: cover story’ Financial mail, Vol 191, Issue 3, Apr 20 2007, pp. 32-34,36-38,40-41
  • Ampofo-Anti, O ‘Significant changes on the way: consumer law’ Without prejudice, Vol 7, Issue 5, June 2007, p. 34-35
  • Levenstein, E, Nel, G & Thompson, D ‘Defective products put you at risk; Waste Management Bill - serious implications for industry’ BusinessBrief, Vol 12, Issue 3, June/July 2007, p. 10
  • Andrews, N ‘Updates on new & pending legislation, PF circulars and case law : legal update’ Pensions World South Africa, Vol 10, Issue 3, July/Sep 2007, p. 44-46
  • Becatti, F ‘Marketing report back workshop: consent marketing’ Marketing mix, Vol 25, Issue 5/6, 2007, p. 44-45
  • Herholdt, G & Rosin, D ‘Consumer Protection Bill: legal update’ Professional management review, Vol 18, Issue 4, 2007, p. 14
  • Luterek, J ‘Product liability - the tide is turning: quality assurance’ South African food review, Vol 35, Issue 4, Apr 2008, p. 53-55
  • De Stadler, E ‘If the consumer is king, suppliers are royal advisers: consumer law’ Without prejudice, Vol 8, Issue 4, May 2008, p. 26-28
  • Du Plessis, MA ‘Towards better service delivery by consumer courts’ SA Mercantile Law Journal, Vol 20, Issue 1, 2008, p. 74-88 - access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document
  • Davies, J & Baker, A ‘Labelling genetically modified organisms’ Without prejudice, Vol 8 No 11, Dec 2008, p. 44-45
  • Du Preez, ML 'The Consumer Protection Bill: a few preliminary comments' TSAR, Issue 1, 2009, p. 58-83 - access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document
  • Schimmel, G ‘In the beginning’ Without prejudice, Vol 9 No 1, Feb 2009, p. 7-8
  • Gouws, M ‘Unwanted goods: the consumer’s right to choose’ De Rebus, No 485, April 2009, p. 16-19
  • Naude, T 'The consumer's right to fair, reasonable and just terms' under the new Consumer Protection Act in comparative perspective' South African Law Journal, Vol 126, Issue 3, 2009, p. 505-536 - access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document
  • Dinnie, D 'Consumer Protection Act could waylay insurers' Enterprise Risk, Vol 3, Issue 6, Jul 2009, p. 6-8  - access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document
  • Dinnie, D 'Exposure to the consumer court under the Consumer Protection Act - more litigation for the medical industry?' South African Journal of Bioethics and Law, Volume 2, Issue 2, Dec 2009, p. 43-45 - access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document
  • Scott, G 'Protecting business names' Without prejudice, Vol. 9, Issue 11, 2009, p. 36-37 - access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document
  • Schimmel, G 'An advertisement by any other name...' Without prejudice, Vol. 9, Issue 11, 2009, p. 38 - access for SA ePublications subscribers, or purchase this document
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