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You forgot about the bit about having to pay that money whether it passes their standards or not.... and then the red tape if you want to bring in anything electronic
'Oh this product is safe for use in UK, Germany and USA? Well, let's see if passed our stringent African safety tests ... after you pay your R7,000 of course ... and in 6 months ... and if we reckon not safe ... please do it all again. Thanks'
Suppliers abroad have said the most difficult countries to get their stuff into appear to be developing countries,. South America is also quite tough to get into. On top this, we have our NRCS that are often a few years behind on what reports they'll accept. Government need to sort out the ease of doing business in this country, as that's our backbone.