Stay within the sound maxim of ‘buyer be­ware’

The Star Early Edition - - ASK GEORGIE - Vin­cent Mar­in­cowitz

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.

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