Illegal advertisers faces fines

2016-03-22 06:00
Photo: Kalisha Naicker An example of an illegal advert on a light pole.

Photo: Kalisha Naicker An example of an illegal advert on a light pole.

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ILLEGAL posters advertising a variety of services, and stuck on building walls, municipal bins and traffic lights across the Upper Highway area are to be removed and hefty fines will handed out.

This is according to Ward 10 councillor Rick Crouch, who has embarked on a drive to clean up the area. Crouch said there is an increasing number of illegal signs being erected in the community.

Signs on poles, walls, freeways and on buildings and public spaces owned by the council will be subject to this action.

“People have ignored previous warnings, and this time, we will be acting against those who are contravening our by-laws,” said Crouch.

“The illegal signage not only gives our community an unkempt look, but if not removed speedily it encourages more illegal signage and gives the impression we do not care about our community, thereby attracting undesirable elements to our streets.

“I work diligently in reporting these illegal signs and posters. I take note of them while driving and then report them by sending an email to the signage department.”

He said an illegal sign is easy to spot as the legal signs and posters on the light poles will have a luminous sticker at the bottom right of the poster. If a sign has no sticker, it is illegal.

“Some illegal signs that are much easier to spot are the hand-written ones. The fine for an illegal poster is more than R800 for each poster.

“It is not fair to the businesses that go the legal route, so I encourage residents not to do business with businesses that are advertising illegally.

“Also, if you are driving around and notice any illegal posters or signs, note the street name and the light pole number then email that information to the authorities. Let’s keep our community a safe and clean place in which to live,” added Crouch. To report an illegal sign, email Loshnie.Pillay@durban.gov.za and copy in councillor@ward10.co.za

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