Advertisers have been warned: posters illegally pasted on city walls and other property will be removed, and punishment meted out to the culprits.
ILLEGAL posters advertising a variety of services, and stuck up on building walls, municipal bins and traffic lights across Joburg, are being removed.
MMC Ruby Mathang: stricter advertisingMMC Ruby Mathang: getting rid of illegal advertisingThe Johannesburg metro police department (JMPD) recently removed a number of illegal posters, which have become an eyesore in some parts of the city. This followed a call by the member of the mayoral committee for development planning and urban management, Ruby Mathang, for the strict enforcement of outdoor advertising by-laws.
These posters are illegally pasted to building walls, bridges, municipal rubbish bins and traffic light poles, and advertise services like free healing, safe abortions, driving schools and private colleges.
To intensify the clean-up, the metro police will employ the Wozani Security Company – better known as the Red Ants – which will from time to time clean the hot spots areas of the inner city, Yeoville, Berea and Hillbrow.
“The JMPD by-law enforcement unit will be directly dealing with illegal signage, posters and advertising. Illegal graffiti and flyers will also be removed off bridge walls,” said Virgil James, a City spokesperson.
“This action will continue in the coming weeks with the objective of cleaning up the entire city gradually. The next step will be to clamp down on habitual infringers of the City’s land use and building control regulations.”
James warned that tough measures would be taken against offenders. “If we are able to trace the doers of these illegal practices, they will face prosecution,” he said. “The City has obtained a number of High Court orders to act against illegal outdoor advertising and illegal construction work. These court orders are now being executed.”
Prosecution of offenders will be handled by the municipal courts. Offenders could be fined or ordered to remove the rest of their posters as a punishment. The JMPD have already removed posters in some areas:
ERF 13 Barbeque Downs Extension 1 ,Woodmead Drive next to Kyalami Race Course;
ERF 335 Selby Ext 3,at the interchange with the M1 and M2;
Erven 334 – 335 Stormill, facing Main Reef Road;
Civin Drive near the corner of Club Street, Senderwood;
ERF 39 Bramley, facing the M1;
PTN 412 Woodlands, Farm Driefontein facing William Nicol Drive; and
ERF 2422, 2423 & 2424 Johannesburg, facing Juta Street M1 at the Smit Street off ramp.
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