Standard terms and conditions of sale

1. Parties

1.1 The parties hereto shall be as follows:
ebmpapst South Africa (Proprietary) Limited, a private company with registration number 2005/038971/07 (Hereinafter referred to as "ebmpapst")

1.2 Any person or entity contracting with ebmpapst, either by way of cash sale or sale on credit, and shall, where applicable, include the party described adjacent to the words "Registered Name of the Applicant" in the case of the credit application document or "Sold to" in the case of a tax invoice or proof of delivery note, as the case may be, (hereinafter referred to as "the customer").

2. Scope

2.1 The sale of any goods, or the rendering of any service, by ebmpapst to the Customer shall be subject to the terms and conditions hereinafter set out and no other terms and conditions inconsistent with those contained herein shall be applicable to or binding on ebmpapst unless agreed to in writing by ebmpapst.

3. The order

3.1 No order addressed by the Customer to ebmpapst shall result in an agreement between the parties until accepted by ebmpapst, which acceptance shall be subject to the terms and conditions herein contained.

3.2 After acceptance of the order by ebmpapst, the Customer shall not be entitled for any reason whatsoever to cancel or vary such order without ebmpapst' prior written consent.

3.3 In the event the Customer's order containing terms and/or conditions then this agreement shall take precedence.

4. Delivery

4.1 ebmpapst shall, in its discretion, be entitled (but not obliged) to deliver the goods to the Customer's place of business as set out overleaf.

4.2 ebmpapst will attempt to effect delivery of the goods ordered at the given date but shall be entitled in its sole discretion to make delivery of the goods ordered in such quantities and on such dates as it may decide. Delivery and installation times furnished by ebmpapst are merely estimates and are not binding on ebmpapst, nor shall ebmpapst be liable for any damages whatsoever arising from late delivery.

4.3 ebmpapst shall be entitled to invoice each delivery actually made separately.

4.4 It is hereby agreed that ebmpapst may, in its sole discretion, engage a third party on its behalf to transport all goods to the Customer on such terms as it deems fit.

4.5 In the event of the Customer transporting the goods then ebmpapst is hereby indemnified against any claims of whatsoever nature that may arise during the course of such transportation.

Acknowledgement of receipt

4.6 The Customer hereby undertakes to acknowledge receipt of any goods delivered to it by signature of a delivery note by a person duly appointed thereto and shall thereby warrant that the goods so received represent the goods reflected on the tax invoice, at the price agreed to by the parties in terms of clause 7 hereto, that the goods were delivered on the date reflected on the tax invoice and that the goods were inspected and found to conform in all material respects to the quality and quantity ordered, and are free from any defects.

4.7 No claim in respect of short deliveries will be entertained by ebmpapst unless ebmpapst is notified in writing of such short delivery on the document presented to the Customer with the goods for signature (i.e. the proof of delivery document) and such document is returned to ebmpapst at the time of delivery.

4.8 Where the Customer fails to acknowledge receipt as undertaken in clause 5.1 hereto, then any delivery note held by ebmpapst, whether copy or original, signed by an unauthorised person or unsigned, shall be prima facie evidence that delivery was made to the Customer and that the Customer received the goods therein stated in good order.

5. Reservation of ownership and passing of risk

5.1 ebmpapst reserves the right of ownership in respect of any goods delivered to the Customer until such time as the purchase price is paid in full.

5.2 The risk of damage to, or destruction of goods is passed to the Customer upon the Customer, or the Customer's nominated representative, accepting delivery thereof or upon signature of the delivery note by the Customer or its representative.

5.3 In the event that the Customer should on sell any goods delivered to it by ebmpapst, ebmpapst reserves the right to inform the purchaser thereof that such goods are subject to its right of ownership.

6. Pricing

6.1 All goods delivered to the Customer will be invoiced at the rate of ebmpapst's prevailing prices charged by ebmpapst from time to time in respect of customers such as the Customer, on the date of delivery, as published in its ruling pricelist.

6.2 Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

6.3 Any quotes furnished by ebmpapst which are:

6.3.1 based on the current exchange rate shall be subject to increase if, prior to delivery, the exchange rate should increase, the amount of such increase in price shall be proportionate to the exchange rate fluctuation; or

6.3.2 subject to any import duties, taxes, levies or charges shall be increased by the amount thereof unless such tax, levy or charge appears on the original quotation.

7. Payment

7.1 Unless otherwise agreed in writing, payment in full without deduction or set off in respect of any goods sold or services delivered shall become due and payable within 30 (thirty) days from date of statement.

7.2 Upon the Customer's failure to comply with the conditions of payment, ebmpapst reserves the right to:

7.2.1 Suspend any or all further deliveries; and/or

7.2.2 To require cash payment prior to delivery; and/or

7.2.3 Cancel any orders placed upon it; and/or

7.2.4 To exercise its rights as set out more fully in clause 13 hereto.

7.3 In addition to the aforegoing, should any payment not be received promptly when due, ebmpapst shall be entitled to declare any discount it may have afforded the Customer to be forfeit and accordingly require payment of the full purchase price at that time prevailing.

8. Certificate of balance

8.1 Any certificate under the hand of any manager or director of ebmpapst as to the existence or amount of the Customer's indebtedness to ebmpapst at any time, as to the fact that such amount is due and payable, the amount of interest accrued thereon and as to any other act, matter or thing relating to the Customer's indebtedness to ebmpapst, shall be prima facie evidence of the contents and correctness thereof and of the amount of the Customer's indebtedness for the purposes of provisional sentence, summary judgment or any other proceedings against the Customer in any competent court, and it shall be valid as a liquid document for such purposes.

8.2 It shall not be necessary to prove the appointment of the person signing such certificate and such certificate shall be binding on the Customer and shall be deemed to be sufficient particularity for the purposes of any action or other proceedings instituted by ebmpapst against the Customer.

9. Guarantees and warranties

9.1 ebmpapst will make good by repair or at its option by the supply of a replacement, any defects which, under proper and normal use, appear in the goods within a period of twelve calendar months after the goods have been delivered and have arisen solely from faulty design, materials or workmanship. All other guarantees and warranties whether statutory, common law or implied are hereby specifically excluded.

9.2 It is the duty of the Customer to return any defective goods to the premises of ebmpapst or ebmpapst's nominee at the Customer's own cost.

9.3 Any item delivered to ebmpapst will form the object of a pledge in favour of ebmpapst for present and past debts of the Customer.

9.4 All guarantees are immediately null and void should any equipment be tampered with or should the seals on equipment be broken by anyone other than the organisation or its appointed nominee, or should the goods be operated outside the manufacturer's specifications.

9.5 Unless guarantee claims are supported by the original tax invoice together with the goods in the original packaging, complete with all accessories and manuals, such claim will be invalid.

9.6 ebmpapst's agents and employees have no authority to give warranties or to make any representations on its behalf, save for those stated herein, and ebmpapst shall not be liable for any warranties or representations so made by its agents or employees.

9.7 It is the sole responsibility of the Customer to determine that the goods or services ordered are suitable for the purpose of intended use, and ebmpapst accepts no responsibility whatsoever from any loss arising should the goods not be so suited. ebmpapst shall not be obliged under any circumstances to accept the return of goods or to afford a credit in respect thereof, unless ebmpapst consents thereto in writing, which consent it may withhold arbitrarily without incurring any liability.

10. Consequential damages

10.1 Under no circumstances whatsoever will ebmpapst be liable for any damages including consequential or indirect damages or loss of profit or for any delictual liability of any nature whatsoever suffered by the Customer as a consequence of purchasing, using, selling or otherwise dealing with the goods.

10.2 Under no circumstances whatsoever will ebmpapst be liable for any damage arising from misuse or abuse of the goods.

11. Returns

11.1 Should ebmpapst agree to accept the return of any goods for credit, which consent it may arbitrarily withhold, the Customer shall be liable to pay to ebmpapst a handling charge of 15% on the invoice price of the goods so returned.

11.2 ebmpapst shall not entertain a request for any return of goods unless such goods are in the original new condition supplied together with original packaging, complete with all accessories and manuals, and supported by the original tax invoice.

11.3 After the lapse of a period of 10 (ten) days from date of delivery, ebmpapst shall not accept the return of any goods under any circumstances whatsoever.

12. Breach

12.1 Should the Customer breach any term of this agreement whatsoever, all of which are deemed to be material, then ebmpapst shall be entitled immediately and without notice, in its discretion, to either:

12.1.1 Cancel the agreement and take possession of any such goods as it may deem appropriate delivered to the Customer which have not been paid for in full and forthwith proceed for payment of the full purchase price of all goods not so recovered by ebmpapst as well as for any damages which ebmpapst may incur or have incurred.


12.1.2 Elect to enforce the agreement without prejudice to any other rights it may have in terms of this agreement or at law.

12.2 The Customer furthermore agrees to make payment of any loss, expense (including attorney and own client costs) and/or damages which may be incurred by ebmpapst as a result of the Customer's breach.

12.3 The Customer consents to the jurisdiction of the Magistrate's Court notwithstanding that the amount of the claim by Ebmpapst exceeds the normal jurisdiction of the Magistrate's Court. ebmpapst shall in its discretion be entitled to proceed against the Customer in any other court of competent jurisdiction, the aforegoing notwithstanding.

13. Deposit on goods

13.1 ebmpapst reserves the right to require the Customer to furnish to it a deposit and/or acceptable guarantee for payment, the amount of which ebmpapst shall be entitled to set in its discretion.

13.2 Any deposit paid to ebmpapst shall be forfeit, in its entirety, should the Customer at any time cancel the order, which cancellation shall be effective only in the event of ebmpapst consenting thereto in writing.

14. Address where business is executed

14.1 The Customer hereby chooses as its address where business is executed the address appearing overleaf adjacent to he words "Physical Address" or "Ship to", as the case may be, or such other address as the Customer may from time to time appoint in writing.

15. Consent to trade references

15.1 The Customer hereby furnishes its irrevocable consent to ebmpapst contacting either its existing or past trade creditors, the bank with which it conducts its business account or any other person who may have information as to the credit worthiness of the Customer, both prior to this agreement being entered into and at any time during the currency thereof, and further consents to such persons furnishing to ebmpapst any information which may be of relevance to the credit worthiness of the Customer.

16. Allocation of payments

16.1 The Customer irrevocably authorises ebmpapst to apply any monies received by ebmpapst from the Customer against the indebtedness of the Customer to ebmpapst in such manner as ebmpapst in its discretion may deem it.

17. General terms and conditions

17.1 This agreement embodies the entire agreement between the parties.

17.2 No alteration, variation or consensual cancellation of this agreement or any of its terms shall be of any effect unless it is recorded in writing and signed by ebmpapst and the Customer.

17.3 No relaxation which ebmpapst may allow the Customer or the signatory at any time in regard to the carrying out of this agreement shall prejudice any of ebmpapst' rights under this agreement in any manner whatsoever nor shall it be regarded as a waiver of any of those rights or a novation.

17.4 The invalidity of any part of these terms and conditions will not affect the validity of any other part of this agreement, each clause in this agreement being severable from the rest.

17.5 Any document, other than a statement of account referred to in clause 8.2, will be deemed duly received by the Customer within: (i) 7 working days of prepaid registered mail to any of the Customer's business or postal addresses or the address where business is executed of the Customer or to the personal address of any director, member or owner of the Customer; or (ii) within 24 hours of being faxed to any of the Customer's fax numbers or any director's, member's or owner's fax numbers; (iii) on being delivered by hand to the Customer or any director, member or owner of the Customer; (iv) within 48 hours if sent by overnight courier; or (v) within 24 hours of being telefaxed to the Customer's telefax number.

17.6 The Customer shall pay the legal costs of ebmpapst on the scale as between attorney and own client which shall include counsel's fees, VAT and collection commission.