CCPC Awards Winners for National Inter-School Poster Competition
2020-02-11The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) in partnership with the Rural Finance Expansion Programme (RUFEP) conducted a poster competition for secondary schools on financial inclusion. The aim was to assess how much knowledge the pupils had on financial consumer protection in Zambia and also to inculcate the pupils with this knowledge.
The competition was held under the theme, “Financial Consumer Protection in the Digital Era” and involved the participation of fifty (50) secondary school clubs countrywide. Out of the total posters that were submitted, the winning poster from each province was selected to compete for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes at national level.
The Commission would like to inform the nation that of the selected posters from the ten (10) provinces, Kamwala South Secondary school won the 1st Prize with Solwezi Boys Technical Secondary taking 2nd Prize while Hillside Girls Secondary School got 3rd Prize. These schools represented Lusaka, North-Western and Eastern Provinces respectively.
The Commission has used this competition to evaluate the depth of knowledge of our future leaders on financial consumer protection. However, the Commission is concerned that only 20% of the pupils were able to depict illustrations on financial consumer protection such as highlighting concerns on secure passwords, non-disclosure of Personal Identification Number (PIN) and posting of Personal bank information on social media among others. The CCPC together with the Financial Sector regulators continues to raise
awareness on these issues and from this competition it is clear that more needs to be done.
The Commission also awarded shields and books to the seven (7) schools that emerged winners at provincial level. These include Raphael Kombe Girls, Choma Day, Limulinga, Chinsali Day, Nchelenge, St. Francise and Wusakile secondary schools. The schools represent Central, Southern, Western, Muchinga, Luapula, Northern and Copperbelt Provinces respectively.
The Commission would like to congratulate all the schools that took part in the competition together with stakeholders that participated in the evaluation of results including the Bankers Association of Zambia (BAZ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Pensions and Insurance Authority (PIA).
CCPC Seizes Goods Worth k23, 000 in Chinsali
2020-02-10The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) in collaboration with the Chinsali Municipal Council (CMC) has seized assorted goods worth twenty three thousand kwacha (K23, 000). This follows a joint inspection conducted at Chinsali Central Business District.
The seized items had defects and therefore, did not meet the mandatory product information standards set by section 50 of the Competition and Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) No. 24 of 2010 and the Food and Drugs Regulations under the Food and Drugs Act Cap 303 of the Laws of Zambia.
Defects on the seized items included insufficient labels, expired products while others did not have expiry dates. Other seized items had inappropriate packaging and some had broken seals.
The products seized include Coca-Cola Zero, Super Maheu and Twist Carbonated drink.
The seizure of the goods was conducted during a routine inspection of trading premises in Muchinga Province with the view of ascertaining the traders’compliance levels with the Competition and Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) No.24 of 2010.
The Commission would like to warn all suppliers, retailers and distributors to seize selling unsuitable products which have exceeded or are close to reaching their shelf life especially to rural areas.
Traders are further advised to abide by the law and desist from engaging in unfair trading practices or any conduct that erode consumer welfare. Further, the Commission would like to advice consumers countrywide to be proactive and report perpetrators of both anti-competitive business behavior and unfair trading practices to the Commission.
Cement Price Hike Investigations Still Ongoing
The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) is still undertaking its investigations regarding the simultaneous and synchronized hike of prices in the cement sector.
CCPC has in the recent days been receiving press queries and calls from the media following a press statement which was released by Lafarge on the dawn raid that was conducted by CCPC last Tuesday at Lafarge Cement Manufacturing Company in Chilanga.
The Commission is alive to the fact that the media plays a pivotal role in informing Consumers and Zambians at large especially on matters that are core to the growth of Zambia’s economy.
Thus, CCPC wishes to urge the general public and the media that information relating to findings obtained from the raid will be communicated to them when investigations are concluded.
However, CCPC would like to acknowledge that the content of the press statement by Lafarge was true as the company was compliant with all investigation proceedings at the time of the raid.
CCPC Cautions the Public against Online Notification Prize Scam.
2020-01-16The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) would like to warn the general public to be cautious of the false Coca-Cola/British Tobacco South Africa official notification prize which is circulating online requesting Consumers to submit their personal information.
According to the Commission’s preliminary investigation, the scam indicates that Coca-Cola in collaboration with the British American Tobacco South Africa Company had conducted an annual draw on 25th November, 2019 which involved a random selection of 20 winners for a prize of £50,000 each, out of over 250,000 emails collected worldwide from individuals and corporate bodies respectively.
CCPC has discovered that the notification in question is untrue and that there is no such draw which was conducted by the Coca-Cola/British Tobacco South Africa contrary to what the scam purports.
Thus, CCPC is warning all Zambians to consider withholding their personal details by ensuring that they ascertain the authenticity of any online notification before they give out their details as failure to do so may expose them to internet scams and fraudsters.
Consumers should also ensure that information such as their age, sex, name, address, contact number, country and occupation are kept as confidential as possible.
CCPC also wishes to warn all individuals or enterprises who are in a habit of perpetuating the dissemination of content aimed at misleading consumers to desist from such conduct as that is punishable by law.
CCPC has further notified the National Consumer Commission of South Africa (NCC) over the matter in order to raise awareness and ensure that the South African citizenry is protected from such fraudulent conduct.