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Poster prank could cost jokers thousands of rands

Published: May 07, 2024

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"The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality considers the juvenile posters plastered across town, declaring Executive Mayor Gary van Niekerk as missing, in a serious light and will throw the book at the pranksters.”

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Human Settlements, Thembinkosi Mafana, issued this stringent warning, saying that the transgressors can face fines up to R3000 for failure to follow the correct procedures pertained in the municipal outdoor advertising policy.

"However, the fines do not include potential litigation by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

"Firstly, I would like to assure the public that Executive Mayor Gary van Niekerk is hard at work for our city and safe.

"Besides the message being a childish attempt to stir, it is undesirable as municipal lamp poles are currently used by political parties for electioneering. 

"As per agreement with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) we relax our bylaws to allow political parties to compete fairly for outdoor advertising space.

"We therefore cannot allow the illegal occupation of advertising space, meant for political parties, to be used by pranksters.

"In addition, if those responsible, do not take responsibility – which we strongly suspect in this case – the illegal posters will end up on landfill sites.

"I instructed the Executive Director of Human Settlements, Tabiso Mfeya, to investigate this matter and take the necessary actions, if and when required,” MMC Mafana said.

In terms of the municipal outdoor advertising bylaw:

1.     Displaying an unauthorized sign. - R1000 fine

2.     "Display[ing] a sign without consent granted by the municipality in terms of section 9 or under section 10 of the bylaw.” - R1000 fine

3.     "Failure to remove or cease to display the sign, which is found to be undesirable.” - R1000 fine

Members of the public with information regarding the identity of those responsible for erecting the posters, can call the Metro Police at 041 585 1555.

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Issued on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality by Media Management Officer Kupido Baron (082 780 2726 / 041 506 1500 / kbaron@mandelametro.gov.za). 

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