Bill stickers shamed

2014-05-21 00:00

MSUNDUZI Municipality has named and shamed those who continue to put up illegal advertising in breach of the city bylaws, adding to the impression of inner city filth and urban decay.

Municipal spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said it was difficult to keep the channels of communication with the culprits open because some of them changed their phone numbers and provided no addresses.

She said SA Tarring, Tar Surfacing, Tar Roads, Quantum Scrap Metal, Bhangra, Sticky Fingers and Safe Abortions were some of the main offenders who, despite the bylaws, continue to advertise illegally.

“We are trying to keep the city clean and this is one of the areas that we have identified — to control posters and pasted stickers on the walls,” she said.

Most of those who represent the companies were either not available to comment or spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they did not want to be targeted by municipal employees.

“We are guilty of non-compliance but the municipality needs to get its house in order because their employees were taking bribes from us and even if we pay we don’t get a receipt as proof that we have paid,” said one advertiser.

Another accused the municipality of double standards, saying that political parties had their campaign posters everywhere and the municipality did nothing to them.

Mafumbatha said the municipality will investigate these issues because they had a partnership with Tutu Comms, which handles all their advertisements. “This function is no longer performed by the licensing department in Washington Road,” she said.

She said those interested in advertising should fill in an application form and pay an application fee through Tutu Comms via their banking details. No municipal employees are allowed to receive any outdoor advertising payments.

She said they should then e-mail proof of payment and send their artwork for approval.

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