EThekwini Municipality is serious about enforcement of bylaws related to the management and disposal of waste especially by businesses. During this week’s Clean My City campaign the focus was on enforcing bylaws on businesses who flout Municipal bylaws.The Municipality’s City Manager, Sibusiso Sithole said the Municipality is considering intensifying enforcement to ensure that people discontinue littering. “Litterbugs will be fined or face imprisonment if they do not comply with the bylaws. It is strange that they are doing this knowing that it is wrong,” said Sithole. He said any business or person who fails to comply with the terms of any notice served to them, is deemed guilty of an offence and should be liable for a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or both. The Deputy Head of Durban Solid Waste Unit and Coordinator of the Clean My City operation, Brian Mthembu said education on waste disposal issues is conducted incessantly on the businesses. “They know about these bylaws. The owner or occupants of any premises should ensure that all the domestic or trade refuse generated on the premises is placed and kept in refuse receptacles or for removal by the Municipality or by a refuse removal contractor approved by DSW, ” said Mthembu. Mthembu said the occupants or owner of the premises to which the Municipality provides a refuse removal service, shall grant a convenient access to the premises for the purpose of collecting and removing refuse and shall ensure that nothing obstructs, frustrates or hinders Municipal employees in the carrying out of its service. Approximately four to five tons of liquor bottles, cans and soft drink cans were discovered on Palmer Street pavement. The underground water metres are used by vagrants to store their materials and could face a possibility of being damaged. Metro Police Spokesperson, Senior Superintendent, Eugene Msomi said they have been alerted that a bouncer from Koko Bar is responsible for using vagrants to dump bottles on the pavement. He will be issued with a notice to stop doing so. The owner of Castle Corner liquor store located in Gillipsie Street, Bheki Nyawo said his store is not responsible for the disposal of bottles and cans. “The Municipality provided me with four bins for disposing liquor bottles and cans. I am committing myself to track those who are responsible for dumping here, and I will report them to the Municipality,” said Nyawo. Nyawo said his customers are always being mugged by people who live and sleep on Palmer Street. “This street should be cleared of vagrants as they cause a nuisance on the pedestrians,” adds Nyawo.

For more information, contact Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820/0827317454 or email: Thabo1.Mofokeng@durban.gov.za.
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit, Contact Khaya Sengani on 031 311 4808/083 339 6065 or email: Khayelihle.Sengani@durban.gov.za.