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Licence hunt begins

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, November 08, 2012

FOR some scrap metal dealers, the process of getting their businesses regularised in compliance with the 2011 Scrap Metal Decree, might take longer than expected.

Pacific Scrap Buyers west branch manager, Rajend Shankar said although the suspension on all scrap metal dealers' licence was lifted earlier this week, his business would remain closed for another three months. "We won't be operating for a while because we have to get some of our paperwork right before we can re-open," he said.

The Decree requires dealers to acquire business licences for each town they operate in.

"Our branch in the west is mobile, meaning we go around to our fixed clients to buy scrap metal. I operate in Nadi and if I have to go as far as Lautoka then I also have to apply for a license to operate there.

"Right now I'm still trying to get a licence to operate in Nadi Town," he said.

Last week scrap metal dealers in the Western Division were forced to close after all business licences were suspended. The suspension was because of the increasing incidence of cable and steel theft.

In a meeting with the Scrap Metal Taskforce on Monday, businesses were told to meet certain requirements of the Decree before they could re-open.

Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki said 10 teams had been mobilised to ensure that each business complied with the Decree.


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