Illegal buildings demolished

Ekurhuleni takes action

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In order to ensure that buildings and structures in Ekurhuleni comply to the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, it is necessary that illegal buildings and structures are demolished.

City Planning Department of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality is mandated to ensure compliance to the National Building Regulation and Building Standards Act (Act No. 103 of 1977).

Section 4 of the Act provides for the approval of the construction of buildings and structures by a municipality.The municipality is also mandated to ensure that buildings constructed are in compliance with the provisions of the Act, and any deviations and illegal construction should be monitored and rectified.

The department conducts inspections on a daily basis and when irregularities and illegal building work with constructed building are detected, prescribed contravention notices are issued to the owners with instructions to rectify the situation. If property owners do not comply with contravention notices issued, legal proceedings are instituted against them, which result in a court order to rectify or alternatively demolish the illegal building structure.

As soon as the municipality is in possession of the necessary court orders to act against contraveners, the municipality, together with the local sheriff of the Court, must demolish illegal structures and recover demolition cost from the property owner through available avenues. Ekurhuleni presently has 18 court orders for demolitions, which will be expected to be finalized not later than 30 June 2014.

In order to create a healthy and safe environment for communities within Ekurhuleni, compliance to the provisions of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act 103, 1977, as amended, is a priority.

Members of the public may report any illegal structures to Baby-Girl Chuena on 011 999 4571.

 

 

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