Who is Affected

To whom and/or to which transactions does the CPA apply?

The Act applies to

  • Every transaction that occurs in South Africa
  • Even if the supplier has its principal office outside South Africa
  • Exemption may be on following grounds:
    • Supply of goods or services to the State
    • Where the consumer is a juristic person  if the latter’s asset value or annual turnover equals or exceeds the prescribed value – currently R2 million
    • Upon application from a regulatory body based on the duplication of or overlap with other legislation
  • Note that the safety & products liability sections apply if the goods are supplied within South Africa and it applies to the ‘importer or producer, distributor and retailer’ regardless of whether the transaction Is otherwise exempt from the application of the CPA for whatever reason!