RECYCLING: New Act to Reinforce Efforts to Control Metals Theft
Recent Gauteng Business News
The Metal Recyclers Association of South Africa (MRA) has welcomed the official launch of the Second Hand Goods Act saying the legislation will boost efforts to combat metals theft, in particular copper cable theft.
The Act, implemented on 30 April 2012, looks to regulate all second-hand goods dealers and pawnbrokers in a bid to limit the trade in stolen goods and encourage ethical standards in the second-hand goods industry. It mandates dealers to keep comprehensive records of any transactions involving the buying or selling of second-hand goods including the details of the seller.
The Act Requires a Reasonable Explanation
The Act further compels dealers to immediately report suspicions of false information or stolen goods to the South African Police Service. The second-hand goods dealer must also obtain a reasonable explanation from any seller who presents cable consisting of controlled metal with a burnt casing and must proceed to report the purchase to their local designated police officer.
The Second Hand Goods Act Zero Tolerance Approach
MRA chairperson, Mike Wilson, says the Association has played an integral role in supporting the design of the new Second Hand Goods Act and believes that it not only addresses many of the shortcomings of the previous legislation, but transfers responsibility onto metal recycling businesses and associations to ensure they operate within its framework: The Association is fully supportive of the Act which we believe will go a long way to counter the negative impact that theft has on the metal recycling industry.
Metal recyclers are significant, legitimate contributors to the South African economy. We will continue to work closely with police to make good on our zero tolerance approach to metal theft. In time we hope to see the fruits of the implementation of the Act including a reduction in incidents and the restoration of faith in the metal recycling industry.
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