Sanral worried over 2nd evacuation

2014-01-25 10:00
Sanral staff wait outside their office in Midrand. (Jacaranda News via Twitter)

Sanral staff wait outside their office in Midrand. (Jacaranda News via Twitter)

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Johannesburg - The evacuation of the SA National Roads Agency Limited's central operations centre in Centurion on Friday, for the second time this week, was concerning, said Sanral CEO Nazir Alli.

"Sanral is extremely worried about the impact this kind of behaviour is having on the people who work at the centre," he said in a statement.

"Most of them are first-time workers and relatively young. Whoever is not happy about a government policy has appropriate channels to express their dissatisfaction."

Sanral said earlier on Friday that its system had not been affected by the evacuation.

Not harmful

"Another incident has occurred at the Central Operations Centre this afternoon (on Friday). It should be noted that the system is fully operational and that only the call centre services are affected," it said in a statement.

Electronic Toll Collection, whose staff occupy the building, said on Friday the white powder found in the mailbox at the centre was not dangerous.

"Response management has been optimised and we can confirm that the substance has been tested and it has been concluded that it is not harmful," ETC CEO Jamie Surkont said.

He said the building was evacuated as a precautionary measure. It was not known what the powder was. It was found in the mailbox at the office.

Gauteng police said two people had to be quarantined after another anthrax scare at the operations centre.

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