Enhanced regulation, law enforcement needed to combat scrap metal theft

Enhanced regulation and enforcement are needed to address the challenges of scrap metal theft in South Africa and potentially lift the ban on scrap metal exports, research and advisory firm Birguid analyst Noquele Dube says. She explains that the scrap metal industry contributes R15-billion to South Africa’s gross domestic product and employs about 350 000 people, according to the Metals Recycling Association of South Africa (MRA).

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