‘Com­ply with build­ing by­laws’ - Masango

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

The De­part­ment of De­vel­op­ment Plan­ning is deeply sad­dened by the un­timely death of three brave fire fight­ers and res­cue work­ers, who lost their lives in the line of duty on Wed­nes­day, 5 Septem­ber 2018.

Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones who are left be­hind. We fur­ther wish those who are hos­pi­talised, a speedy re­cov­ery.

Mem­ber of the May­oral Com­mit­tee for De­vel­op­ment Plan­ning, Cllr Reuben Masango, said that the burn­ing of the Gaut­eng De­part­ment of Health Build­ing in the CBD “brings about a tragic rev­e­la­tion on the im­por­tance of com­pli­ance to build­ing reg­u­la­tions and other By­laws in the City of Jo­han­nes­burg”.

Law en­force­ment of­fi­cials from the De­part­ment yes­ter­day vis­ited the site and will com­pile a re­port that will guide De­vel­op­ment Plan­ning, and the City, at large, on how we can work to­gether with all stake­hold­ers to en­sure the safety of build­ings in Jo­han­nes­burg.

“The need for com­pli­ance is high up on the De­part­ment’s list of pri­or­i­ties, as it not only en­sures the safety of the peo­ple who im­me­di­ately oc­cupy these build­ings, but also those who will oc­cupy them in decades to come,” MMC Masango added.

This comes on the back­drop of the col­lapse of a sec­ond storey build­ing, built on top of an RDP house in Cosmo City, last week, in­jur­ing three peo­ple and dam­ag­ing two ad­ja­cent homes.

De­vel­op­ment Plan­ning in Au­gust ini­ti­ated the en­force­ment of out­stand­ing court or­ders and con­ducted the de­mo­li­tions of il­le­gals struc­tures plagu­ing our City.

Two busi­ness struc­tures in North­cliff and Cyrildene, re­spec­tively, have al­ready been de­mol­ished since the start of the de­mo­li­tion cam­paign.

The next de­mo­li­tions are sched­uled to take place at two house­holds in Cosmo City and Ra­bie Ridge next week.

Mem­bers of the Jo­han­nes­burg Metro Po­lice De­part­ment (JMPD) will to­day ac­com­pany the law en­force­ment team to visit the two house­holds to pre­pare them to re­lo­cate their per­sonal be­long­ings from the il­le­gal struc­tures, ahead of the Cllr Reuben Masango Mem­ber of the May­oral Com­mit­tee for De­vel­op­ment Plan­ning

de­mo­li­tions.

De­tails of the sched­uled de­mo­li­tions will be com­mu­ni­cated in due course.

We once again ap­peal to all res­i­dents, de­vel­op­ers and other stake­hold­ers of the City to com­ply with all build­ing reg­u­la­tions and other safety By­laws.

Those who fail to com­ply will face the full might of the law through the law en­force­ment process, which in­cludes a rates and taxes penalty tar­iff in­crease, and pos­si­ble pros­e­cu­tion at the City’s Mu­nic­i­pal Courts.

To re­port any il­le­gal build­ings and il­le­gal land uses, con­tact your lo­cal re­gional of­fi­cer is all seven re­gions (A-G), or the Build­ing De­vel­op­ment Direc­torate of­fice on the 6th floor of the Metro Cen­tre on 158 Loveday Street.

Al­ter­na­tively, Build­ing Law En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tor, Mren­deni Lieba, can be con­tacted on 0114076932 or liebam@joburg.org. za.

Il­le­gal land uses can be re­ported to Roweena Chetty at the Plan­ning Law En­force­ment Unit of the Land Use De­vel­op­ment Man­age­ment Direc­torate on: RoweenaC@joburg.org.za.

“We all have a role to play in turn­ing Jo­han­nes­burg around and mak­ing it work; be­cause, like the Ex­ec­u­tive Mayor, Cllr Her­man Mashaba al­ways says, a Jo­han­nes­burg that works, is a South Africa that works.

‘Those who fail to com­ply will face the full might of the law through the law en­force­ment process’

“Il­le­gal build­ing and land uses not only af­fect prop­erty own­ers around your area; they have a sig­nif­i­cant ef­fect on the City’s in­fra­struc­ture.

“We ap­peal to all res­i­dents, de­vel­op­ers and stake­hold­ers to re­frain from il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties, and play their part in bring­ing Jo­han­nes­burg back to its for­mer glory,” said MMC Masango.

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