Gas retail containers give hope

2015-10-07 06:00
DIPUO PETERS, minister of Transport, Mbuyiswa Tshabalala, Ward 15 councillor, Boitumelo Matjoa, manager of Maluti-a-Phofung Special Economic Zone: logistic hub, Philip Taaibosch, South African National Taxi Council of South Africa (SANTACO) president

DIPUO PETERS, minister of Transport, Mbuyiswa Tshabalala, Ward 15 councillor, Boitumelo Matjoa, manager of Maluti-a-Phofung Special Economic Zone: logistic hub, Philip Taaibosch, South African National Taxi Council of South Africa (SANTACO) president

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RIVERSIDE. – Puleng Moloi (27) and Velaphi Mthembu (33), who hail from Riveside in Qwaqwa, are over the moon and they believe they will soon be counted among those who own successful businesses.

The two business partners are among the seven beneficiaries of the Free State’s first gas retail container in Qwaqwa, and a launch was hosted at the container in Riverside where Dipuo Peters, the minister of Transport, cut the ribbon.

Moloi said that the container came at a time they needed it the most. They had already lost hope after three months without hearing anything from the municipality.

“I, however, want to thank our mayor for what he has done. This is part of alleviating poverty in the country. He should keep on doing this for our youth. We would like to see more people coming to support us. We have an electricity problem in our country and it is time that people start to use gas,” she said.

Moloi had a beauty salon before she got this opportunity while Mthembu was the owner of a vegetable shop.

According to Boitumelo Matjoa, the logistic hub manager for the Maluti-a-Phofung Special Economic Zone, there are three containers in Qwaqwa, but they were hoping to have 15 for the entire municipality.

“The containers are operated by women and young entrepreneurs in the municipality of Maluti-A-Phofung and form part of the Harrri-smith Logistics Hub,” Matjoa added.

Dipuo Peters, the minister of Transport, said what they had done was to give a seed to the youth, and they were hoping for it to grow and help them.

“We want them to build their future out of those gas retail containers. They should ask the Oryx officials to teach them about gas. We have a policy that says we have to reduce the way we use electricity by using gas for certain things.” She requested the beneficiaries to work hard to grow their businesses.

“We are using gas for funerals, weddings and other functions, so you should use that opportunity. You should make sure that you take care of clients so that they will keep coming back,” she advised.

The minister launched the gas retail containers in Qwaqwa before she went on to officially pre-launch the October Transport Month 2015 campaign at the Highway Junction Truck Stop in Harrismith.

MEC for Police, Roads and Transport, Butana Komphela, said he would like to thank the minister for fulfilling the promise that she had made the last time she was in Harrismith. “We have a minister that delivers as per her promises. We have started it and no one will stop us. You should take care of the containers and make sure that they make money for you,” he said.

He requested those who did not get their containers to be patient

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