Illegal posters removed in Johannesburg
Johannesburg - The City of Johannesburg has started removing illegal posters and outdoor advertising.
It said on Wednesday that it had vowed to take action against "habitual offenders" of the city's outdoor advertising by-laws.
"The city has obtained a number of High Court orders to act against illegal outdoor advertising and illegal construction work, and these court orders are now being executed," said spokesperson Virgil James in a statement.
The city had removed illegal advertising in Woodmead, Senderwood, Bramley and Woodlands since the operation started.
It said the next step would be to act against those violating the city's land use and building control regulations.
"The disregard for by-laws on town planning and building control regulations often result in a drain on the limited resources to provide basic services to residents of Johannesburg."
The illegal posters and street advertising had a negative effect on Johannesburg's image and affected the quality of life of residents and that of the business community, said James.
The city would remove all graffiti and posters from bridges and walls around Johannesburg, he said.