DA urges Minister Patel to lift ban on scrap metal

Issued by Darren Bergman MP – DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry and Competition
06 Dec 2023 in News

The DA strongly objects to the recent announcement of the extension of the ban on ferrous and non-ferrous waste and scrap metal exports. This marks the second formal objection by the DA to the continuation of this ban.

Through rigorous engagement with portfolio committees, it remains evident that the ban has not yielded the intended results in reducing crime. Municipalities continue to grapple with high levels of theft, while state-owned entities are burdened with increased security costs. Notably, Transnet, and specifically the railways, exemplify the challenges faced in this regard.

Given the recent announcement of potential job losses at ArcelorMittal due to logistical challenges and load shedding, we call upon the Department to take proactive measures to stimulate the economy. The extension of the ban is anticipated to exacerbate job losses, regulating compliant companies while inadvertently providing opportunities for those not contributing to our domestic economFurthermore, the extension hampers our ability to obtain better prices abroad and results in missed opportunities for increased duties at a time when our country could benefit significantly from heightened trade.

The DA challenges Minister Patel to consider rescinding the ban for the Christmas period and the remainder of the financial year. This approach will allow for a data-driven assessment of the ban’s impact, fostering a more informed decision-making process.

By lifting the ban for the Christmas period, Minister Patel as the opportunity to demonstrate that South Africa is open for business.

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