Illegal posters removed in Johannesburg

2011-07-20 21:39

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.

  • Obama Bin Laden - 2011-07-20 21:52

    How about removing the illegal immigrants?

      anti crime - 2011-07-21 07:47

      I like your way of thinking

      Fedup - 2011-07-21 09:25

      Well said

      Sarah - 2011-07-21 10:33


  • Francois - 2011-07-20 22:39

    Someone please explain to me how illegal posters and street advertising have negatively affected the quality of life of Johannesburg's residents. Obviously if it is blasphemous or the like it can be understood. However, usually if someone has something to advertise, they have something to sell and that indicates economic activity. If it outside the realms of the tax laws, it is the business that is illegally operating as such, but the advertising on its own is hard to swallow. It should also be illegal to advertise impossible election promises.

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-21 08:46

      @ zaatheist - duh... if something is blasphemous, it will offend a lot of people. Offending people is not always a good thing. I thought your secular self preached tolerance and love? Oops, got that confused with Christianity ;-) I for one would LOVE to see them rip down those sick abortion posters that display a crucifix, as if to say that it's GOOD to abort - those get me furious every time. JHB CBD is covered in them!

      zaatheist - 2011-07-21 09:27

      @Matt All people deserve respect, but not all ideas do. I don’t respect the idea that a man was born of a virgin, walked on water and rose from the dead. I don’t respect the idea that we should follow a "Prophet" who at the age of 53 had sex with a nine-year old girl, and ordered the murder of whole villages of Jews because they wouldn’t follow him. Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.– Thomas Jefferson Sorry pal, religion does not get a free ride any more.

      Lee - 2011-07-21 09:30

      How about those people banging on the window screen at traffic lights aswell. Much more an eye sore than posters.

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-21 11:24

      @ Zaatheist - I won't fight you on your beliefs, which I once shared and discovered to be warped. I just have one question for you: If someone decides to print a poster that says that religions are bad, there is no God, and people who believe in God are stupid - you would claim freedom of speech/religion and expect those who are insulted to just swallow it. If someone who believes in God claims that their way is the correct way, and says it's dumb to not believe in a God, suddenly the campaign gets attacked, called religiously intolerant and pulled. Wouldn't you agree that this is unfair and hypocritical? (BTW, the former example actually happens in the UK - there are buses driving around London with huge adverts stating "there is no God", paid for by the Humanists - it was allowed to happen under freedom of religion)

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-21 11:25

      @ Lee - don't forget the okes who throw water on your windscreen and demand money for washing it, even when you shout "no!!!" at them? Plenty of those here in JHB :-( (btw, there's a code - if you encounter one of these, move your wipers once - they get the message)

      zaatheist - 2011-07-21 12:23

      @Matt You are getting you knickers in a complete knot and are becoming confused. "If someone decides to print a poster that says that religions are bad, there is no God, and people who believe in God are stupid - you would claim freedom of speech/religion and expect those who are insulted to just swallow it.| Of course - but you are the guy who is being "religiously intolerant" as everything you say confirms that you wish to deny me that right.

  • zaatheist - 2011-07-21 04:14

    About time too. And why not get rid of those massive eyesore billboards. Our environment has been trashed by these monstrosities.

      Chris Hansen - 2011-07-21 08:40

      Jesus Saves, Passes to Moses, SCOOOORESS!

      DEVILS SON - 2011-07-21 08:45


      Matt :-) - 2011-07-21 08:47

      My muscles hurt... must be from evolving some more last night

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-21 08:48

      @ zaatheist - agreed on the billboards though.

  • YasButIDunno - 2011-07-21 07:16

    Can they get the ANC to remove their election posters from my suburb please? The election was 2 months ago and we still have to look at the grinning, vacuous cadres.

      makgala - 2011-07-21 08:48

      there is also this election poster with 3 ladies on an electricity pole across my gate. it must be removed NOW.

  • Sisie - 2011-07-21 07:26

    It's called job creation. So that the ANC government can say with all "honesty" that they have created 50,000 jobs.

  • Sammy - 2011-07-21 08:16

    Nevermind Joburg there is not a lamppost in Pretoria that hasnt got a penis enlargement or abortion advert on it,glued so that they cant be removed .The council should get the perpetrators to remove them at their own expense,it makes the place look even more run-down than it is.

      Shistirrer - 2011-07-21 10:16

      It's because it's Pretoria. It's called targeted advertising, i.e. you direct your advertising at those who need your product most.

      Collitjies - 2011-07-21 10:21

      Obviously persons in Pretoria have under developed penises don't you think. I've never seen those posters in my town.

  • CoziB - 2011-07-21 20:57

    Finally the city starts to clean up its act. Our neighbourhood is infested with illegal signage. Big corporate and small businesses do what they want. See

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