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Transnet Goods Shed Mystery

Unknown, strange, bulk stored goods were found in the old goods shed of Transnet, when plans for new developments were started there.

As all letting of Transnet property is handled by the Transnet head office in Pretoria, they were contacted. According to them the place was last let to a local company but the contract expired more than five years ago and no-one has been renting the storage space since. When measurements had to be done to set the ball rolling for new plans with the shed, bags of presumably GSL tapioca powder or starch, about 25 tons in total, were found there. The strange thing about this is that nobody knows to whom the substance belongs or how it came to be there.

The company who last rented the building was contacted and they know nothing about the bags. A few initial tests have been done locally to see how the substance reacts to other substances and liquids, as the bags of GSL might not be what it seems and might be harmful if disposed of in a dumping site or somewhere else in nature. General Starch Limited (GSL) is one of Thailand’s leading modified One of the multiple bags in the goods shed – does this belong to you? tapioca starch manufacturers. “The tapioca powder is commonly used as a thickener for soups and other liquid foods. It is also used as a binder in pharmaceutical tablets and natural paints. The flour is used to make tender breads, cakes, biscuits, cookies, and other delicacies (see also Maida flour)”. But 25 tons in one place …?

Should anyone know who the owner of the bags of “whatever” is, or how the bags happened to end up in the Transnet goods shed, please contact John Ridgard on 083 980 1779, so that this mystery can be solved and the Transnet plans can be put into action.

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