- Pravin Gordhan, the Minister of Public Enterprises, has presented a solution to curb the destruction of freight rail infrastructure
- Speaking at the National Assembly, Gordhan stated that Government needs to put to an end the scrap metal market
- Social media users believe that this is the right direction, however, many are wondering what took the Government so long to act
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CAPE TOWN - Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan believes the best way to preserve freight rail infrastructure would require amending current laws for a while.
Gordhan says the Government will have to place a temporary ban on the sale of scrap metal to prevent the theft and vandalism of rail infrastructure.
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“It is my firm view that the export of scrap metal must be banned for a while, for a start, and that will ensure that there’s no market," said Gordhan.
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The minister was replying to questions at the National Assembly of Parliament on Wednesday afternoon, 4 May and spoke about how he has been engaged with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition to find ways to put an end to the destruction of public infrastructure, reports Fin24.
Gordhan also touched on the advantages of investing in infrastructure from a trade point of view and stated that it would be highly advantageous for investors to co-invest with Transnet in the development of infrastructure.
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Some South Africans think that it is about time the Government acted in ensuring that infrastructure is protected, while others felt that it is a bit too late to take action.
Here are some comments below:
"The rail system is almost gone already."
"Scrap yards are supporting drug abuse. One time we woke up the whole front gate was gone and found it at the scrap yard. That's madness."
"This would kill a whole sector of SA industry overnight. Rather concentrate on enforcing existing laws on theft and vandalism and selling stolen goods. Typical ANC shortsightedness and government overreach."
"He speaks like an opposition party member whereas he's part of the government. We are led by fools"
"It shouldn’t be considered, it should be done with immediate effect."
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In other news, Briefly News previously reported that Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan said there is no need to declare a state of disaster for Eskom however, loadshedding Stage 8 may need to be implemented.
The minister was speaking at a National Assembly plenary session on Wednesday 4 May after loadshedding Stage 2 was executed in parts of the country.
During his discussion around the power utility, Gordhan said the biggest goal is ensuring there is not a total collapse of the grid. He claims that there are plans within Eskom to manage power supplies.
The Public Enterprises Minister defended the utility after the Democratic Alliance suggested it be declared a state of disaster. The DA added that provinces and municipalities would be able to use alternative power sources if a state of disaster is implemented, according to Business Day.
Source: Briefly News