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Monday, May 28, 2012

Why are Dis-Chem pharmacies so highly flammable?


Princess Crossing shopping centre on fire. Sourced from maroelamedia.co.za

A fire that broke out at the Princess Crossing shopping centre in Roodepoort on Monday was under control by 08:00, Johannesburg emergency management services said.

The fire started around 06:30 at the Dis-Chem pharmacy on Ontdekkers Road and spread to neighbouring shops, spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said.

No one was injured. Firefighters battled the flames for about an hour.

"When the firefighters are finished, we will send in a fire investigation team to look at what could have caused it," Mulaudzi said. (Source)

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Well, if the cause is not an apparent accident of some sort then I think a good place to start investigations would be disgruntled employees of Dis-Chem, or members of the SA Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers' Union (SACCAWU), an affiliate of COSATU. Was the Faerie Glen store in Hans Strydom Road, Pretoria East, not torched in June 2010 after weeks of picketing for higher wages?

See an older posting on this blog: Striking news from Pretoria.

Incidentally, three Dis-Chem workers were arrested for malicious damage to property in the June 2010 incident. However, it was unclear if the arrests were related to the throwing of a burning gas canister into the Dis-Chem store in the 2010 Faerie Glen incident.

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