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Feature Continued from page 37 a period of three days. The training was for customs inspectors, ITAC inspectors, and DEA enforcement officers. The second segment of the training was undertaken between October and November 2015 at all four sea ports of entries (Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and East London). The training was then extended to two land borders (Beitbridge and Johannesburg dry port). will be trained from May 2016 onwards. This will ensure that customs is well equipped when facilitating refrigerant trade all over the country. The trained ports will also be revisited to provide technical support and strengthen the confidence of the customs and enforcement officers when handling and monitoring ODSs and non-ODS refrigerant imports and exports. The National Regulators for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) and Department of Labour (DoL) will also be trained in future. Port name Date of the training Sea ports of entries Durban 25-27 November 2014 Durban 12-13 October 2015 Port Elizabeth 15 October 2015 East London 16 October 2015 Cape Town 20-21 October 2015 Land borders and train the trainer Johannesburg dry port 11-12 November 2015 Beitbridge 18-19 November 2015 Train the trainer in Pretoria 26 November 2015 Table 1: Dates and number of trainees at different ports and land borders. Trainees were provided with the following materials: • UNEP Training Manual for Customs and Enforcement Officers (Third edition) • UNEP booklet: Risk Assessment of illegal trade in HCFCs • Customs Officers Quick Tool for screening ODS • Writing pad and pen After the training, portable analysers were handed over to the various customs offices, ITAC and DEA Compliance Monitoring Unit. These will be used at the ports of entries and at the importers/exporters premises for compliance monitoring purposes. Port Number of analysers Durban 2 Cape Town 2 East London 1 Port Elizabeth 1 JHB 1 Beitbridge 1 ITAC to receive 1 DEA compliance 1 Table 2: Analysers handed over to different ports of entries and government institutions. next steps The training will resume in the 2016/17 financial year for the land borders. Grobblersdal, Kopfontein, Lebombo and OR Tambo www.hvacronline.co.za Number officials trained 50 19 20 5 32 26 18 26 Acknowledgement The Departmen t would like to acknowledge the following organisations and institutions for making the training possible: * DEA Chemicals Management, Green Scorpions and Enforcement Unit * Customs head office and regional offices * UNIDO * ITAC * DAFF * A-Gas * SARACCA * SAQCC Gas. RACA Environmental crime line For anonymous tip-off lines on any suspicious illegal activities contact the Department of Environmental Affairs Environmental Crime Line: 0027 (0)800 205 005. *About the author Lubabalo Maweni is the deputy director: Ozone Depleting Substances (National Ozone Unit) at the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). He’s been driving the HCFC stakeholder meetings and is actively involved in the local phase out process of these ozone depleting substances. RACA Journal I June 2016 39