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On the 22nd February 2018 the DoE hosted a Petroleum Products Act (Act 120 of 1977) awareness workshop at the Bon Hotel in Bloemfontein. Delegates in attendance included various DoE officials, petroleum manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, aspiring entrepreneurs and other industry delegates. The interactive workshop prompted attendees to participate in active question and answer sessions.
The purpose of the meeting was to:
- Make stakeholders aware of licensing processes that govern the petroleum industry as well as compliance issues
- To open doors to those who would like to participate in the space of manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing of petroleum products while emphasizing compliance to those who are already license holders.
- To present an energy project earmarked for poverty alleviation through establishments of integrated Energy Centres.
The one day workshop had a number of speakers that kept the audience captivated. Those included:
- Mr K Mokae – DoE Bloemfontein office – overview of structures within the region
- Ms P Maupye – DoE Pretoria – Licensing Requirements and analysis
- DESTEA – Environmental Impact Assessment
- Manguang Metro – Land Zoning
- Ms B Mancoe – DoT Bloemfontein – Access to roads
- Ms Mhlahlo – NEF – Funding
- Ms K Komane – DoE Pretoria – Economic transformation
- Ms P Selele – NAEWASA – Collaboration of Black Owned companies in the petroleum sector
- Mr B Thobejane – ENGEN – Establishment of service stations by oil companies
- Mr V Premlall – SAPRA – Association perspective on retailing
- Mr M Sinthumule – DoE – Fuel pricing & margins
- Ms L Kabini – DoE – Export & import of fuel
- Mr M Gwala – DoE – Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
- Ms P Machogo – DoE – Integrated Energy Centres
If you are invited to attend a session like this in your region, try your best to be there. This is the ideal platform to raise concerns you may have which sometimes seem insurmountable.
In addition: The SAPRA Bloemfontein Region Executive Committee met the day before (21st February 2018) for a brief afternoon meeting, topics discussed included the draft retailer scorecard of the Petroleum Liquid Fuel Charter and other pertinent regional issues. The session was chaired by the newly appointed SAPRA Chair in the Region Mr Sello Molemela.