Measuring Units and National Measuring Standards Act, 1973
Act 76 of 1973
- Published in South African Government Gazette no. 3968 on 6 July 1973
- Assented to on 19 June 1973
- Commenced on 5 July 1974 by Proclamation of 1974
- [This is the version of this document from 6 July 1973 and includes any amendments published up to 6 October 2022.]
TRANSFER TO SOUTH WEST AFRICA: The administration of this Act was transferred to South West Africa by the Executive Powers (Industries) Transfer Proclamation, AG 5 of 1978, dated 30 January 1978. The Act was not amended in South Africa prior to Namibian independence.]ACTTo provide for the systematic introduction into and use in the Republic and South West Africa of the measuring units of the International System of Units and certain other measuring units; for the designation of national measuring standards; and for matters connected therewith.(English text signed by the State President)BE IT ENACTED by the State President, the Senate and the House of Assembly of the Republic of South Africa, as follows:-
1. DefinitionsIn this Act, unless the context otherwise indicates -“Minister” means the Minister of Economic Affairs;“national measuring standard” means a measuring standard designated in terms of section 7 as a national measuring standard;“quantity” means anything capable of being measured and of which the magnitude is capable of being expressed in terms of a unit;“Republic” includes the territory of South West Africa;“this Act” includes a notice issued thereunder;“unit” means a measuring unit;“use”, in relation to a unit, means the expression of the magnitude of any quantity by means of a unit.
2. Administration of ActSubject to the control of the Minister -
3. Units in the RepublicThe units in the Republic, the symbols therefor and the rules in connection with the use thereof shall be -
4. Expression of the magnitude of quantities by means of prescribed units, and designation of units by means of symbols
5. Equivalents of certain unitsThe Minister may by notice in the Gazette determine the equivalent of any unit, expressed in any other unit of the same quantity, and any equivalent so determined shall for all purposes be deemed to be the equivalent of the unit in question.
6. Establishment of advisory board, and consultation before issuing of notices
7. National measuring standards
8. Offences and penaltiesAny person who contravenes the provisions of a notice under section 4 shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding five hundred rand or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months.
9. Application of Act in South West AfricaThis Act and any amendment thereof shall also apply in the territory of South West Africa, including the Eastern Caprivi Zipfel.
10. Act binding on State and administration of South West AfricaThis Act shall also bind the State and the administration of the territory of South West Africa.
11. Short title and commencementThis Act shall be called the Measuring Units and National Measuring Standards Act, 1973, and shall come into operation on a date fixed by the State President by proclamation in the Gazette.
History of this document
05 July 1974
06 July 1973 this version
Published in South African Government Gazette number 3968
19 June 1973