City ‘on right track’ in removing posters

2014-05-14 00:00

IS Msunduzi Municipality winning the battle to rid the city of unsightly illegal advertising and pasted posters that make the streets look unkempt?

According the newly appointed spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha, the city is on the right track but there are “regular offenders” who, despite the municipality’s efforts, are not sticking to the rules.

Mafumbatha said the removal of illegal posters, whether hung or pasted, began on March 21.

She said there had been many challenges as the magnitude of this task was very extensive, however, “we are making steady progress”.

The municipality assigned Tutu Communications, an outdoor advertising company, to handle all their outdoor advertising to help win the fight against illegal posters and billboards and to clean the city, Mafumbatha said.

The spokesperson said along with Msunduzi the company was busy liaising with outdoor advertising companies who have existing structures within the council, both wall signs and billboards.

She said application procedures and Msunduzi bylaws are clearly explained to everyone who wishes to apply.

A sticker identification system that would indicate that the sign erected was paid for and legal had been put in place, Mafumbatha said.

She said a co-operative has been appointed to deal with the removal of illegal signage and council had approved bylaws to ensure that those found transgressing them are fined to minimise the illegal posting or advertising.

The spokesperson added that since the clean-up process is still at its initial stage, the focus is on the areas in the city centre and around it.

The clean-up team is at present concentrating on Chief Albert Luthuli Street — from Victoria Road to Durban Road, Boshoff Street — also from Victoria Road to Durban Road, and Church Street — from Pine Street to Chota Motala Street.

Mafumbatha said Langalibalele Street — from Edendale Road to Masukwana Street, will also form part of their priority areas.

“Attention has been paid to street furniture [Telkom boxes, post boxes, directional sign boards, traffic lights, street lights, street cameras, bins, etc.] and trees, except for walls, as this is still an introduction stage,” she said.

No one has yet been fined, she said, adding there were difficulties in tracing the culprits, as they only had contact numbers for some of them.

“We have a measure in place that we hope to implement to trace and fine these people.”

Mafumbatha said some of the challenges they faced was the re-pasting of stickers on areas that have been cleaned, the removal of legal signs and erection of illegal ones, certain political parties failing to abide by the municipal bylaws, and the erecting of posters and advertising signs on street furniture and trees.

• Meanwhile, both the ANC and DA said they had removed more than 80% of their election posters. The IFP said they had just started and were hoping to finish before the municipal deadlines to comply with bylaws.

The parties said they keep their masonite boards to re-use for other elections.

The ANC said the actual posters were thrown away; the IFP said they kept the paper posters in their offices and waited for the party to decide how to dispose of them. The DA sent theirs to the party’s head office.


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