RLM Concerned with Number of Expired Food Stuffs on Retail Shelves

The Rustenburg Local Municipality, has noted with concern the number of expired food stuffs placed on shelves of numerous retail outlets in Rustenburg and surrounding areas.  This follows an on-going operation focused on compliance which the Municipality has undertaken to ensure the safety of consumers.
Officials of the Public Safety Directorate, descended upon Lekgalong, where a number of tuck shops were found to be selling expired food stuffs such as Mokgopa Trading, Bereket Tuck Shop and Modimo Nthuse Tuck Shop. Fines were imposed on the owners of the outlets and expired food stuffs were confiscated for disposal. An additional six stores within the CBD were equally charged for selling expired food stuffs including soft drinks and baking powders.
Three stores in the Marikana Shopping Complex precinct, were also inspected and fined for contravention of Municipal by-laws as well as selling expired food stuffs. The Member of the Mayoral Committee on Public Safety, Councillor Victoria Makhaula expressed concern at the findings of the compliance operations “we have been doing this activity randomly to check if the outlets in our Municipality comply with the trading regulations. What worries me, is that we have had people dying from consuming expired food stuffs, as it happened when there was listeriosis, but it is disheartening to see business taking advantage of our people. In the last 3 weeks, we have fined over 25 stores within the CBD and in the surrounding areas and my plea is for consumers to be extra vigilant as this can compromise their health” MMC Makhaula reiterated. All of the confiscated food stuffs, have been disposed in strict compliance to the applicable environmental management prescripts.
The Municipality also remains equally concerned with the lack of fire safety equipment at the businesses which were inspected. Businesses which were found not be compliant, were also issued with fines.  Compliance to Fire safety remains critical, as in the event of fires, damage to municipal infrastructure can be substantially reduced as well as reducing the risk of secondary fires in the neighbouring buildings which are most households in the townships and villages.
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RLM Meets with Tlhabane Taxi Association Over Scholar Transport Concerns

Earlier this morning, the Executive Mayor of Rustenburg Councillor Mpho Khunou held a meeting with the representatives of the Tlhabane Taxi Association, over events of recent weeks which have concerned members of the community. Councillors of Tlhabane, Tlhabane West and Geelhout Park who were present in the meeting, expressed safety concerns of the learners who commute between their respective homes and schools using the taxis, specifically permitted for this purpose.
It was reported during the course of the meeting that, enroute from the respective schools, particularly on weekends, the taxis used for scholar transport purposes do not take the learners home as required by law, but congregate in Tlhabane, were parties are held and alcohol is consumed ostensibly by under-age children.  The representatives of the association, said given the nature of the responsibility bestowed on the drivers, it was critical that all stakeholders work collaboratively on a solution to end this challenge.
Mayor Khunou, said it cannot be correct that given the period within which the country finds itself (state of national disaster) people are behaving recklessly with lives of young children “we cannot allow this underage drinking to happen unabated, because we know of the unpalatable consequences that emanate from such behaviour. Furthermore, we will have to give special attention to the taxis which are permitted to transport learners to ensure that in their operation, there is strict compliance to the law. I applaud the Councillors who have brought this matter to our attention as well as the swift response of the Tlhabane Taxi Association” Mayor Khunou remarked.
Mayor Khunou, further implored on all taxi associations within the jurisdiction of Rustenburg, to work alongside the Municipality and all law enforcement agencies, to rid the industry of certain elements, which have the potential of tainting the back-bone of the City’s transport sector.
The Municipality has committed to engaging with various law enforcement agencies which will target the known areas around Rustenburg, where such gatherings take place and where public drinking occurs, by school going children.  In addition, the envisaged operations will also focus on the regulations, enforcement of laws governing the scholar transport sector inclusive of the National Road Traffic Act. The meeting was also attended by the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Roads and Transport Councillor Lucky Kgaladi, the City’s Single Whip – Councillor Levy Mokwele and officials from the Public Safety Directorate.
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