City ad­dresses on­go­ing Em­pan­geni noise com­plaint

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Or­rin Singh

THE City of uMh­lathuze has pri­ori­tised an on­go­ing noise com­plaint in Ad­di­son Street in Em­pan­geni.

A paper trail of com­plaints ad­dressed to the city’s Mu­nic­i­pal Man­ager, uMh­lathuze Traf­fic De­part­ment and SAPS, date back to Oc­to­ber last year af­ter irate res­i­dents re­ported loud mu­sic be­ing blasted into the early hours of the morn­ing at a premises sit­u­ated op­po­site Game.

The premises, which fronts as an in­ter­net café dur­ing the day, will be sub­ject to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the city’s by-law team.

‘The city has been mon­i­tor­ing that site af­ter warn­ing the owner. We did re­ceive a fur­ther com­plaint and the by­law en­force­ment team will at­tend to the matter as a matter of ur­gency,’ said city spokesper­son Mdu Ncalane.

Ac­cord­ing to the City of uMh­lathuze nui­sances by-laws un­der sec­tion 7:

• No person shall cause a noise nui­sance, or al­low it to be caused, by op­er­at­ing or play­ing any ra­dio, tele­vi­sion set, mu­si­cal in­stru­ment, sound am­pli­fier, loud­speaker sys­tem or sim­i­lar de­vice pro­duc­ing, re­pro­duc­ing or am­pli­fy­ing sound

• Any person who:

(a) con­tra­venes or fails to com­ply with a pro­vi­sion of these by-laws or a direc­tion is­sued by the Coun­cil in terms of these by­laws, or a con­di­tion im­posed un­der these by-laws;

(b) ob­structs or hin­ders any person in the ex­e­cu­tion of any power or the per­for­mance of any duty or func­tion in terms of any pro­vi­sion of these by-laws; or

(c) fur­nishes false, in­cor­rect or mis­lead­ing in­for­ma­tion when ap­ply­ing for per­mis­sion from Coun­cil in terms of a pro­vi­sion of these by-laws; is guilty of an of­fence and li­able, on con­vic­tion, to a fine and/or im­pris­on­ment as de­ter­mined by a court of com­pe­tent ju­ris­dic­tion.

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