Clampdown on non-compliance

Companies breaching municipal by-laws targeted in inspections. Building without necessary approval, accumulation of excessive rubble on site and the diversion of industrial waste into municipal sewer and storm-water infrastructure – these are some of the contraventions by companies operating in Emfuleni Local Municipality.

Municipal officials from By-Law, Building Control, Revenue, Metsi-a-Lekoa, Land Use Management and Electricity Departments conducted an inspection at a tissue and paper company operating in Duncanville, Vereeniging on Friday, 10 May 2019.

The inspection which was led by Superintendent Suzan Gaba from the By-Law Department, revealed the company was contravening several municipal regulations, including increasing its footprint of buildings without approval and accumulating excessive rubble on the premises.

Superintendent Gaba warned the management of the factory against denying municipal officials access to the plant to do their work.

“We’re closing this factory down, no production must take place, only cleaning,” she said.

It was also discovered the factory owes the municipality over R1.5 million in unpaid services and it was for this reason that services were disconnected, with workers from the municipality’s Electricity Department switching off the power at the plant.

Thulare Sehoole from the Building Control Department advised the management of the company to remedy all the contraventions by approaching respective departments of the municipality.

“You will be fined accordingly and we advise you to immediately pay all outstanding service fees,” he said.

One of the managers of the company committed they will urgently attend to all contraventions.

“The idea is to run a clean plant, a proper plant; it’s just taking us some time,” he told municipal officials.

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Some of the excessive rubble accumulating on site at the tissue and paper company in Duncanville

By Wandisile Kunene
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