Zera to ed­u­cate con­sumers on safe use of LPG

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THE Zim­babwe En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity (Zera) is in the process of in­tro­duc­ing ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes for con­sumers on the safe use of Liq­ue­fied Petroleum Gas (LPG) so as to re­duce the num­ber of ac­ci­dents re­sult­ing from gas ex­plo­sions, an of­fi­cial has said.

Speak­ing on the side­lines of the LPG prod­uct knowl­edge and du­ties of a filler train­ing pro­gramme held in Bu­l­awayo last week, Zera petroleum in­spec­tor Mr Is­rael Ku­chocha said the reg­u­la­tory body will soon em­bark on pro­grammes meant to con­sci­en­tise con­sumers on safe use of gas.

“This par­tic­u­lar train­ing which we hosted to­day is for the fillers who are also the re­tail­ers in the LPG busi­ness and we are hop­ing that by the end of the year we would have done ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes for the end users who are the con­sumers.

“Very soon we will be go­ing into sub­urbs and town­ships coun­try­wide to meet the peo­ple so that we help each other on the preven­tion of ac­ci­dents caused by gas.

“Since the in­cep­tion of Zera many cases have been brought for­ward but only eight cases have been recorded as gas ex­plo­sions af­ter proper in­ves­ti­ga­tions were car­ried out on the sites where the ac­ci­dents were said to have oc­curred.

“In all these cases there was only one fa­tal case in Chi­tung­wiza where one per­son died while in other cases peo­ple lost prop­erty worth over $30 000,” said Mr Ku­chocha.

He also re­vealed that the trans­la­tion of Zera lit­er­a­ture into indige­nous lan­guages was at an ad­vanced stage with the Safe use of LPG now avail­able in Braille.

“We have man­aged to trans­late 90 per­cent of our lit­er­a­ture into lo­cal lan­guages for our mes­sage to reach a wider au­di­ence.

“In April we com­pleted trans­lat­ing Safe use of LPG into Braille and we also have a video which ex­plains our lit­er­a­ture in sign lan­guage,” he said.

Zera is a body cor­po­rate es­tab­lished in terms of the En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity Act (Chap­ter 13:23) of 2011.

It is man­dated to reg­u­late the en­tire en­ergy sec­tor in Zim­babwe in a fair, trans­par­ent, ef­fi­cient and cost ef­fec­tive man­ner for the ben­e­fit of the con­sumers and en­ergy sup­pli­ers.


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