19 November 2012

Tanzania: TBS Sets Standards for Road Humps

TANZANIA Bureau of Standards (TBS) has completed new standards for road humps that will be adopted by contractors undertaking road construction countrywide.

The new procedures follow a call by the former Minister for Industries and Trade, Dr Cyril Chami, who advised the Bureau to work on the matter as studies had showed that the humps were major causes of road accidents.

TBS Quality Assurance Officer, Engineer Stephen Minja told the 'Daily News' at the weekend that as opposed to the past where there were no strict regulations on that area, now contractors will have to comply with the new standards. "The standards are ready since last month and the Tanzania Roads Agency (TANROADS) will have to make sure the contractors observe the new standards," he said.

TBS took part in the just ended Exhibitions of the Construction Materials and Home Furniture which attracted a poor attendance at the weekend. This newspaper witnessed a low turnout of people at the exhibitions while exhibitors of domestic furniture did not participate at all.

On the side of building materials, Engineer Minja said that the Bureau has prepared more than 200 standards for Building and Construction Materials but cautioned consumers to always be on alert over imported substandard ones.

So far, he said, TBS was receiving few complaints from consumers on substandard building materials which showed that importers and manufacturers abide by best practices governing the manufacturing and importation of the products. However, he said that there are isolated cases whereby buyers report buying inferior materials but fail to give clear information that could lead to their seizure.

"This is a big challenge. Customers buy materials but demand no receipts or documents that could make intervention easier. By the time we obtain the documents, the culprits have vanished into thin air," he said.

He called on consumers to make sure that they demand official receipts that can be of great assistance during the follow-up on their quality. Commenting on the development of the sector, the Marketing Executive with the Motsun Holding Group, Mr Raghuvir Gadhavi, said TBS should confront dishonest importers who bring in cheap materials at the expenses of local consumers.

He said people now prefer buying local materials but local manufacturers still face unfair competition due to imports of inferior products. "TBS are doing better but they have to maintain that substandard building materials don't find their way into the country," said Gadhavi whose company manufactures a number of building materials like water tanks, paints and roofing materials.

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