Arrangement of Sections


   1.   Short title

   2.   Interpretation

   3.   Saving

   4.   Prohibition against dealing in scrap metal without a license

   5.   Application for license

   6.   Grant of license

   7.   Register of transactions

   8.   Restrictions on acquisition of scrap metal, and employment of young persons, by scrap metal dealers

   9.   Restrictions on dealings with specified scrap metal

   10.   Duty to report certain matters to police

   11.   Scrap metal to be kept for seven days

   12.   Power of search

   13.   Cancellation of licenses

   14.   Penalty

   15.   Rules


to provide for the licensing of dealers in scrap metal; to regulate the business of such dealers; and to provide for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto.

[1st July, 1961]

Act 58 of 1960,

Act 69 of 1965,

Act 28 of 1968,

Act 18 of 1993,

Act 13 of 1994.

GN 497 of 1964.

1.   Short title

This Act may be cited as the Scrap Metal Dealers Act.

2.   Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

“article” means anything consisting wholly or partly of metal and includes any part of such thing;

“certificate of clearance” means a certificate of clearance issued under section 9;

“contravene” in respect of any provision of this Act, includes a failure to comply with such provision;

“license” means a license granted under the provisions of section 6;

“licensing authority” means—

      (a)   in the area of a City Council, a Municipal Council or Township Council, such council;

      (b)   in any other area, the District Secretary for the District in which such area is situate;

“metal” means aluminum, cobalt, copper, iron, lead, manganese, vanadium, cadmium, tungsten, zinc, all other ferrous and non-ferrous metals and alloys of those metals, but does not include gold, silver or platinum except to the extent that one-tenth of one per centum or less of the weight of such an alloy as aforesaid is attributable to gold, silver or platinum;

“place” includes any land, whether consisting of enclosed premises or not;

“police officer” means a member of the Zambia Police Force of or above the rank of Sub-Inspector;

“scrap metal” includes—

      (a)   any old metal or broken metal;

      (b)   any broken, worn out or defaced or manufactured, or partly manufactured, processed or wrought articles which are not fit for the purpose for which they were manufactured, processed or wrought or which are no longer so required;

      (c)   metallic waste;

      (d)   any metal occurring as a mineral in a raw or natural state in quantities of less than one thousand pounds in weight excepting when utilised bona fide as raw metal geological specimens;

“scrap metal dealer” means any person who carries on a trade or business which consists wholly or partly of buying and selling scrap metal, whether the scrap metal sold is in the form in which it was bought or otherwise, and includes any person who, from a person other than a scrap metal dealer, buys or acquires scrap metal as a material for further processing or for the manufacture of other articles or for export, but does not include any person engaged in mining who in the course of his mining business buys or sells scrap metal from or to another such person;

“scrap metal store” means any place where scrap metal is received or kept in the course of the business of a scrap metal dealer or under the provisions of this Act;

“stolen” means stolen, extorted or otherwise unlawfully taken, obtained or disposed of.

[S 2 am by Act 69 of 1965, 28 of 1968.]

3.   Saving

The provisions of this Act shall be in addition to and not in derogation of the provisions of the Trades Licensing Act.

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