I am a scrap metal dealer based on the northern part of this country. I have realised that for us Batswana to survive in this business, it would be advisable for the government to regulate scrap metal prices.
My reason being that we are given a raw deal by the local buyers here especially one group which has even made it impossible for other companies to cross into South Africa and sell their scrap metal.
They literally run the South African side of the Boarder. These guys sell the scrap to Mitall Steel in South Africa as they have collection points in all major cities in South Africa. Prices are reduced at the drop at will without even giving Botswana any notice. If prices are to be dropped say next week, we are told that the price drops on the same week. We are then forced to sell our scrap metal at low
We also have a problem with Ramotswa Steel which doesn't want to buy from Botswana but buys from one Zimbabwean guy, who in turn buys our scrap metal very cheaply.
There is also the pricing of scrap metal by these so called big guys, they have prices for Batswana, white men and Coloureds. We are being looted (re a jewa bathong).
The Department of Waste Management must get its act together. We are taxpayers. The said group was last year fined for price fixing. We are getting ripped off in broad daylight. Re thuseng batho ba Modimo (Please help us).