Mokaila Calls for Proper Disposal of Oil

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Mr Kitso Mokaila says it is the responsibility of everybody in the community to ensure safe and proper disposal of used oil.

Giving a keynote address at Tshole Trust Fundraising dinner in Gaborone on November 27, Minister Mokaila regretted that it had come to the attention of the government and other stakeholders in the industry that some oil users did not practice safe disposal of used oils, thus endangering the ecosystem.

The practice, he said, did not only pose a threat to the ecosystem through land degradation and global warming but also had the potential to contaminate underground water, which was the main source of water in the semi-arid country.

He said while there were laws guarding against such practices, he had come to appreciate that punitive measures were not stringent enough as such the government will continue to explore other ways to make them more tough engaging to deter wrong doers.

Minister Mokaila who praised Tshole Trust for its commitment towards its educational campaigns on used oils and erection of receptacle tanks which are used to collect used oils, challenged everyone to come on board and also assist this non-profit making organisation, which he said can only survive through various forms of assistance such as finance and partnership.

He therefore said government would continue to engage with it in many forms to map the way forward.

Tshole Trust survives through oil levy from companies which include Chevron, Total Botswana, Barloworld Equipment, Vivo Energy, Engen and Puma Energy.

It has registered clean up and collector companies which are AG Pump and tank, Fluid Systems, Red Tail Holdings, Moral Construction, Serviceberry Business Empire, Environmental Systems, Suggie Holdings, Savannah Oils, Champs Botswana, Audio Chip Investment and Orera Botswana- cooking oil.

Corporate members of Tshole Trust include Jwaneng Debswana Mine, Botswana Ash, Unitrans, Botswana Oil, Excavator Hire, Lubricants Supplies and Encyclo Investment.

In his welcome remarks, Puma retail manager asserted that Tshole is a company which heavily relies on oil levy for its survival and said as such it is not able to achieve its intended mandate because of financial challenges.

As such, he said the company has been embarking on fund raising dinners to make ends meet.

Giving a vote of thanks, Botswana Oil chief executive officer Mr Willie Mokgatlhe implored on companies which use oils to have detailed and comprehensive plan on safe and appropriate oil disposal known by every workers. This, he said, would guard against unwarranted spillage of oils everywhere.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Business & Finance

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