The South African Bureau of Standards has gone all out to protect and promote the interests of consumers.
Its inspectors have confiscated and collected a number of products that do not meet compulsory specifications.
SABS chief executive Martin Kuscus said the products were collected during random inspections at retailers and manufacturers in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
The first batch of products it destroyed yesterday included cigarette lighters, non-pressurised paraffin stoves, plastic bags, respiratory masks, floating aids and jackets, brake linings, switches and child restrainers for car seats.
The products did not meet required compulsory specifications on safety, health and environmental control in terms of the Standards Act and were not fit for the purposes intended.
Moses Moeletsi of SABS Regulatory emphasised that safety, health and environmental regulations will not be compromised in the interest of companies making huge profits at the expense of consumers.
"I would like to urge all manufacturers to adhere to the required regulations, failing which they might find themselves losing considerable amounts of money," said Moeletsi.
The second batch of products to be destroyed will consists of stoves, refrigerators, televisions, electric kettles, irons, etc.
Kuscus said: "Allowing unsafe products on the market not only puts the public at risk and robs them of their hard-earned money, it also opens the market to inferior goods dumped by importers.
"We need to maintain local and international trade confidence in terms of commodity and service compliance."