Concern over scrap dump

2018-07-19 06:00
People seen at the ‘scrap dump.’PHOTO: thami ka-nkosi

People seen at the ‘scrap dump.’PHOTO: thami ka-nkosi

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SEVERAL business owners in Marburg have been left in a state of concern due to rubbish piling in the vicinity of a scrap yard. Some of the refuse, which apparently comes from the scrap yard and from others dumping, has been piled directly under the electrical box, a potential fire risk. A business owner in the area, Jason Russell, mentioned that the local fire department has, on a few occasions, already attended to fires in the area that seem to have been due to burned cables.

“There are very serious concerns, in particular the obvious safety infringements at the premises,” he said.

“The issue of environmental effects from the waste from the goods sold to the company is a concern to us — the rubbish build up is substantial and is not being dealt with in the correct manner by the company who is responsible for its disposal,” he said.

Upon arrival of the Fever, some members of the public were found sitting under the fence that looked about ready to collapse due to the scrap metal piling up. Another business owner, who did not want to be named, said the safety of the workers at the company is also a concern. The concerned community member said he is not convinced that the correct personal protective equipment safety regulations are being met to protect the employees from workplace accidents.

According to scrap yard company owner Leonard Black, the public sitting along the fence has been an ongoing problem for a long time.

“Those members of the public are not our problem, I can’t go and chase them,” he said.

He added that Ray Nkonyeni Protection Services should arrest them or make them clean the place.The Fever contacted the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality Communications Department for comment and was told that nobody was available to comment on the matter.

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