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Fines wait for those who do not clean up their act

Drakenstein Municipality – which covers Paarl, Wellington, Mbekweni, Saron, Gouda, Hermon and Simondium – has called on local businesses to take ownership of the cleanliness of their premises, and help keep the central business districts (CBDs) of the region clean and attractive to customers, visitors and potential investors.

On 29 May, the municipality’s new Integrated Waste Management Bylaw 2020 was promulgated as part of the its wide ranging war against the ever-increasing illegal dumping of refuse and unsightly littering in the municipal area.

Drakenstein’s CBDs in particular are being blemished by litter bugs. While the municipality delivers cleaning services in the CBDs seven days a week it says it appears hardly any business owners take responsibility for clearing rubbish, sand, leaves and packaging from pavements and their own premises away.

The new bylaw determines that:. All owners/occupants of houses and businesses, to which the public have access, are responsible for cleaning and sweeping the pavements in front of and next to these properties;. All owners/occupants of houses and businesses, to which the public have access, are responsible for the provision and emptying of street bins for the public’s use as well as for dumping the content of these bins; and. All litter and/or refuse transported on a vehicle or trailer in Drakenstein must be covered with a cargo net to prevent refuse from spilling onto the road.

Owners or occupants of properties or premises should also not permit people to dump refuse on properties, and must take reasonable steps to prevent people from doing so. Culprits of illegal dumping now face hefty fines and even jail time.

Businesses that contravene the new Integrated Waste Management Bylaw will face the following admission-of-guilt fines:

Section Offence Fine (escalated by Consumer Price Index every year); Section 40 (1) Littering or dumping under 3m3 R2 500; littering or dumping over 3m3 R2 500 for first 3 m³, afterwards R1 000 per 1 m³; Section 63 (1)(r) governing conveying an uncovered or unsecured load, which could result in load spillage of less than 3 m³ R2 000.

Conveying of an uncovered or unsecured load which could result in load spillage of more than 3 m³ at R2 000 for first 3 m³. Afterwards, it will be R1 000 per 1 m³.

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