‘Illegal’ building of Joburg preschool goes ahead

2014-10-27 09:20

A Joburg preschool chain is allegedly building a school illegally, despite a council stop order.

The Smiley Kids preprimary school in Rivonia was adding another storey to a private house, The Star reported today.

This was for the construction of a “Sandton Primary School”, allegedly without planning permission and a rezoning application.

“How can we have a primary school in the middle of a residential area where the roads and services can’t cope with the current usage?” Rory Pilman, speaking on behalf of local residents, told the newspaper.

A city building inspector advised residents that a traffic study had not been submitted and that he had issued a stop notice on September 18.

The owner, Delon Katz, told the newspaper he had no knowledge of a stop order. He reportedly provided proof of the submission of rezoning and an engineer’s certificate, but no documentation that the city had approved the rezoning.

“What we are doing here is giving back to the community. There is a big shortage of schools in this area ... We are law-abiding and believe this is the right thing to do for society,” he was quoted as saying.

Katz said the R18-million school would boost the value of residents’ properties.

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