City clamps down on illegal trading in Isipingo

eThekwini workers remove illegal posters during the clean-up on Monday, 18 June.

The city cracked its whip on Monday morning, 18 June as it clamped down on illegal trading in Isipingo. Formal businesses were also asked not to trade on the pavements.

Months of combined operations and enforcement to rejuvenate the CBD areas is beginning to take shape. “The inner city regeneration programme offers eThekwini Municipality an exciting yet, challenging opportunity for regeneration of its main economic hubs,” said the head of the development planning and environment management Unit, Musa Mbhele.

“This follows an extended period of urban decline caused by processes of decentralisation, further intensified by crime, grime, congestion, and unregulated trading. Consequently, urban decay manifests among others in bad buildings, illegal conversions, over-crowding, and poorly serviced, maintained and managed public spaces.”

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Multi-disciplinary teams have been assembled, and led jointly by the Economic Development and Trading Services Clusters. Pillar one of the implementation plan is in progress, constituting a massive clean-up and enforcement of municipal bylaws. This operation tackles illegal trading, illegal businesses, illegal dumping and other contraventions.”

While the city conducts daily enforcement action in both these areas, the city will conduct continuous intensified operations to deter illegal activity and bring law and order to the public realm. The city calls on residents, traders and businesses to comply with city bylaws.

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