PMB resident runs illegal paraffin packaging plant

2009-11-27 00:00

A WILLOWTON resident has been caught red-handed running an illegal paraffin packaging plant in a residential area, without engaging with the re­levant authorities.

According to sources, who tipped off The Witness about the illegal operation, large tanker trucks are dispatched to get paraffin from an undisclosed location before coming back to the house, which is in Eagle Road.

Workers then pump the paraffin out of the tankers and package it in a variety of plastic containers before selling it to the public.

Following the tip-off, The Witness went to the premises in to speak to the occupants.

The occupants, however, refused to allow access and would not comment.

When fire prevention officers from the municipality arrived, they were allowed inside and went on to conduct an inspection.

After examining the premises, one of the officers said they would investigate the matter internally before a comment was made available to the press.

Msunduzi Municipality spokeswo­man Ntobeko Ngcobo confirmed that an illegal operation is being run on the premises. She added that this is not an isolated occurrence.

“The owner was previously warned not to operate from this address. The matter was resolved when he opened a service station,” she said.

Ngcobo said this happened a few years ago, but the service station has since shut down.

It appears that the tanks from the station are now being housed on the premises, she said.

She said another inspection was conducted during the week and the owner was given a verbal warning to stop his illegal operation.

“This will be followed by a letter which we are working on [and he will have seven] days to remove all tankers and containers. Further action will follow if the warning is not complied with,” Ngcobo said.

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