THE SCOURGE OF ROUGE LPG OPERATORS IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN LPG INDUSTRY

The South African LPG Industry is a mature and very safe environment with excellent standards of Safety. The number of LPG Industry incidents is minute, and is almost insignificant when it comes to comparable energy industries such as Electricity and Paraffin.

The reason for this is quite simple. If there is an incident involving, for example, a KayaGas cylinder, then the Department of Labour should be able to ask KayaGas some difficult questions regarding how the cylinder was filled, and how it got to the client. This means that gas companies such as KayaGas ensure that their cylinders are well maintained & inspected, are correctly filled and are safe for use by the public.

South African law requires that the cylinder is only filled by the owner of that container, and not by anyone else (this does not apply o CADAC cylinders which are owned by the client and can be refilled anywhere). This ensures that the safety chain as described above, is well maintained. It also protects the gas company’s investment, as they have invested in the cylinders, and need to ensure that they can recover their investment over time.

Recently there have emerged a group of operators, which are defined as “rouges”. What they do is re-fill cylinders which are owned by other companies and distribute these to retailers. These operators break the safety chain and thereby endanger the public.

The question is, how does a member of the public know that they are purchasing gas that has been filed by the respective supplier? Normally the shrink seal should be branded with the same logo as the cylinder, i.e. a KayaGas cylinder has a KayaGas seal.
KayaGas Shrink Wrap

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