ECR Consumerwatch

Wendy Knowler is arguably South Africa’s most experienced consumer journalist. She’s helped more consumers over her 20 year career in consumer journalism than she could count. But while known as a champion of consumer rights, Wendy is also known and respected by corporates for her fair, accurate and balanced reporting. Want to be a more sussed consumer or corporate? Listen to Wendy's episodes here.

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Missing your local restaurant, pub or neighbourhood business and wondering how if they going to survive lockdown? There’s a way to help, says Wendy Knowler

COVID-19 - are you covered if you want to cancel your overseas trip?

COVID 19, commonly referred to as the corona virus, is causing major havoc in the travel industry: international conferences are being cancelled, and flights to many destinations are being cancelled, because people are too terrified to travel, even to places like Cyprus which hasn’t had any confirmed cases; and airlines are laying off staff, and grounding planes.

What if your Valentine's Day flowers are delivered late?

For florists, Valentine’s Day is their Black Friday and Christmas all rolled into one. There’s big money to be made, but the risk of reputational damage for service delivery fails is also massive. What are your rights as a consumer when you don’t get what you paid for, at the promised time? Wendy Knowler tells all...

Cracked TV: Who is responsible?

If you buy a new TV and when you remove the packaging at home, you discover the screen is cracked, who is responsible? Well, that depends. Best to get clued up on how to avoid such a horror show in the first place. Wendy Knowler explains how in today’s Consumerwatch.

How dare you?

Wendy Knowler asks what it’s going to take to nab the airport baggage handlers who can’t keep their hands off our stuff...

Return of the original Rice Krispies

Not being a commercial breakfast cereal kind of person, I didn’t realise quite how many South Africans felt really strongly about their Rice Krispies until about 18 months ago when Kellogg SA replaced the original version with something very different - Rice Krispies which were no longer made just of rice, but of corn and wheat as well - a so-called multigrain. 
But that’s not all, they also added a vanilla, flavour, and about twice the amount of sugar than the originals. That did not go down well with their customers.

Got a garnishee? You’ve been overpaying, says Wendy

Friday the 13th of December was anything but unlucky for the more than a million South Africans whose take-home is reduced every month because of garnishee orders. What a Western Cape judge had to say on that day will bring massive financial relief, says Wendy Knowler.

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