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Outdoor advertisers warned to maintain cleanliness by adhering to by-laws

The Ekurhuleni metro has launched operation Lungisa to get rid of illegal advertising material from the street by deploying Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) personnel to identified hotspot areas.

The illegal advertising is on street poles, traffic lights, dustbins, bus stations, electrical infrastructure and other municipal property.

The Central Business Districts (CBDs) are the targeted areas due to the high number of foot traffic that attracts the illegal advertisers.

The operation is being carried out with the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD).

Removed signs and mobile billboards will be impounded to the metro’s storage facility until the owners come to claim them and be issued with applicable penalties.

According to the metro’s Billboards and the Display of Advertisements by-laws, no person shall erect or display any advertising signs or advertisements painted on a boundary wall, bridges, any water towers, reservoirs or silos and all non-locality bound painted advertisements.

Among the forbidden signage are banners and flags that advertise sale promotions or commercial products or events, or banners suspended across a road, affixed to a bridge spanning a road.

The metro’s Outdoor Advertising Management Committee (OAMC) keeps a register of all approved signs or advertising structures and allocate them a unique registration number that is displayed on the sign as approved.

For more information contact the following Outdoor Advertising Control officers:

Germiston: Susan Wilson 011 999 999 0974 or [email protected]

Kempton Park: Thandiwe Moloi 011 999 3661 or [email protected]

Springs: Phumla Tshiqi on 011 999 3667 or [email protected]

Residents receive title deed from metro

Seventy-nine-year-old Betty Chiloane of Chief Albert Luthuli Extension Five was one of the recipients of title deeds at Marivate Hall in Daveyton during the Siyaqhuba Title Deeds on October 19.

Chiloane was one of 150 residents of Chief Albert Luthuli whose title deed was ready to be collected.

On the day, 35 residents received their title deeds.

Those that did not collect will do so at the Daveyton Customer Care Centre at their convenient time.

Chiloane was grateful to the metro and the mayor for the title deed, which gives them security.

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She likened the situation of living in a house without having a title deed to being a tenant in her own house.

MMC for Finance and Economic Development Clr Doctor Xhakaza urged the recipients to keep the title deeds save.

“This document gives you a security of tenure,” he said.

“It says you are the owner of the house and the land it is built on.”

“It is the legacy that you may leave for your descendants.”

He said that since the mayor, Mzwandile Masina, introduced the Title Deeds Friday, the metro is pushing back the backlog of uncollected title deeds.

He said Ekurhuleni has partnered with the provincial and national government to strengthen the administration process of giving houses and title deeds to their rightful owners.

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Khutso Maphatsoe
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