MEDIA RELEASE
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
21 AUGUST 2017
ISIPHINGO ENFORCEMENT REAPS REWARDS

The city is taking a tough stance on bylaw infringements in Isiphingo in an effort to regenerate the area. Last week officials intensified enforcement on all fronts including building and town planning interventions, environmental health issues, crime and grime.

The enforcement follows a major clean-up campaign and assessment of issues in the area at the end of July in which illegal dumping was removed, streams and rivers were cleaned, verges were cut and illegal vegetation removed. Storm water drains were also cleaned, infrastructure was repaired and road markings were repainted in areas that required it.

Last week, from 14 – 18 August 2017, fourteen arrests were made by Metro Police officers who recovered drugs to the estimated value of R46 000. They also issued 287 fines to the value of R 224 100 for various bylaw contraventions.

The Environmental Health Unit prosecuted three businesses found to be dumping illegally in Alexander Road. Health inspectors also inspected 28 business premises and issued four fines to the value of R10 000 for non-compliance to health and environmental regulations.

The Electricity Unit removed 972 kg of illegal electricity cables at nearby informal settlements and terminated the services of 23 premises with illegal connections. They had conducted 123 service inspections and repaired 21 street lights.

Proper authority from the Town Planning Unit to operate in a residential area proved to be a major problem in the Isiphingo area, with numerous businesses not having the required permissions to operate.

The Town Planning enforced 27 notices and 27 spot summons this past week and the building inspectorate issued 17 notices while eight matters were referred to the high court for litigation.

Besides the enforcement, the city is also looking to assist the homeless and has extended the Qalakabusha campaign to the area. Working in partnership with the department of Social Development, the Safer Cities Unit aims to reunite homeless youth with their families and provide social support services and rehabilitation to them. The Safer Cities Unit registered 22 homeless individuals in Isiphingo last week.

In an effort to control the growing number illegal informal traders in the area, the city has begun to demarcate trading sites for informal traders with official permits. Illegal traders will not be permitted to trade and will be fined by the Metro Police. The number of illegal traders in the area has contributed to the severe congestion in the area.

As a caring city, the Municipality will be investigating other means of assisting these traders with space to trade legally as they are trying to earn a living. The city has to ensure that this is done within the ambits of the law and in a way that not negatively impact on the public realm.

In addition, the city is also looking at alternatives to accommodate informal mechanics that are operating in Phila Ndwandwe Road. The mechanics pose a problem currently as the area is polluted with engine oil and grease that flows into the storm water system when it rains. The city is investigating other premises that can house the mechanics and allow them to operate legally and in compliance with the health and environmental regulations.

The city is calling on all stakeholders to work together to ensure that a multitude of challenges in the Isiphingo area are resolved. It starts by ensuring that waste is disposed of responsibly, proper authority is sought for operating a business in a residential area and the bylaws are upheld. City bylaws can be found on www.durban.gov.za. The City will also be conducting an intensive education and awareness drive to inform and educate communities on the bylaws.

ENDS

Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications Tozi Mthethwa.