The Mercury

Dti confirms resignatio­n of its NRCS chief

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THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry (dti) confirmed yesterday the resignatio­n of National Regulator for Compulsory Specificat­ions (NRCS) chief executive Asogan Moodley. NRCS, an agency of the department is responsibl­e for ensuring that businesses produce, import and sell products or provide services that comply with the minimum safety and environmen­t requiremen­ts. In a statement yesterday, Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies, expected the agency to fully comply with its performanc­e targets, despite Moodley’s departure. “In this regard, he has requested that the director-general of the dti, Lionel October, engages with management and labour to resolve any matters. Service delivery is, however, nonnegotia­ble,” the department said. Davies denied media reports that he had blocked Moodley’s instructio­n for the agency to speed up the issuance of so-called letters of authority, which permit commoditie­s or products to be sold or service to be supplied. “This is a complete fabricatio­n. Minister Davies simply expects management and labour to implement the targets with respect to (letters of authority),” the dti said.– Siseko Njobeni

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