Stay within the sound maxim of ‘buyer beware’
YOUR column in last week’s Cape Argus is a bit different from one earlier this year.
It strengthens my view that you cannot protect a fool against his folly, and that in all such matters one should stay with the maxim of “buyer beware” and get the best assistance one can when one makes a significant investment, such as purchasing or building a house.
To the uninformed, this raft of “consumer protection” legislation provides a false sense of security, in that they think that they are protected, when in reality any enforcement comes at great cost of time, money, energy and peace of mind.
These acts merely seem to add on to the bureaucratic burden and cost without adding any value. The various acts that immediately spring to mind include the following: NHBRC (Home Consumers Protection Measures Act); the suite of Built Environment acts, such as the Architectural Professions Act 44 of 2000; the Consumer Protection Act; and the list goes on.
Any suggestions on how to follow up on this article? Has anyone got any energy and time left to write a decent response for the press?
This legislation provides a false sense of security
Georgie: Watch this space.