Litter problem: Msunduzi steps in to end illegal erection of posters

2010-10-14 00:00

UNAUTHORISED pamphlet distribution and the illegal erection of posters may soon be halted through the efforts of Msunduzi Municipality.

Representatives of the municipality’s licensing department joined pamphlet and poster distributors yesterday to scrape off unauthorised posters from the vicinity of the city hall yesterday.

Mandla Sithole of Msunduzi’s licensing sub-unit said the municipality is clamping down on the illegal distribution of pamphlets and the unauthorised erection of posters in the city because they are contributing to the city’s litter problem.

He said people distributing pamphlets were asked to tell their colleagues that the municipality wanted to meet them and find ways of regulating the practice.

After a few meetings, it was decided that the first step would be to go scrape off unauthorised posters in the vicinity of the city hall before the process was rolled out.

“People must realise that they need permission to put up banners, posters or advertising of any kind. But by doing this exercise, we are trying to minimise arrests,” he said.

Sithole said that although people who hand out pamphlets are not directly responsible for the litter when passers-by throw them on the ground, the municipality “may win the battle if we start at the source”.

Said Sithole: “We realise that this is their bread and butter, but after this we’re going back to the drawing board.

“Where posters have been removed, we’ll make arrangements for the waste department to come and take them away.”

Robert Kimera, one of the people responsible for distributing posters and pamphlets, said he realises the need to keep the city clean.

Asked if he is concerned that his livelihood will be affected by the removal of the posters, Kimera said he is confident that the municipality will come up with an alternative or people may resort instead to advertising in the newspapers.

Sithole urged people who want to put up posters or pass flyers to first seek permission at the fifth floor of the A.S. Chetty Centre building at 333 Church Street.

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