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Illegal business raided then closed in New Germany
An illegal business in New Germany was shut down by
officials following a raid on 1 October of the premises.

Picture: BUSISWA CHILIZA
A BUSINESS in New Germany was shut down by authorities on 1 October after it was found to be flouting numerous regulations and bylaws. Aside from not having a licence to operate, the plastic recycling business was found to have been employing at least 18 undocumented persons who were arrested on site.

They were found to be living in squalid conditions in an illegal structure. The employer was fined by the Department of Home Affairs for having undocumented persons living and working on his premises.

Peter Roberts, Senior Environmental Health Manager said his team came across the business on a routine inspection and when he saw the brevity of the situation, he knew he had to get various role players involved and shut the operation down. “The businessman broke every rule in the book,” said Roberts. “The business premises itself was in a filthy condition with dirty water, pollutants and plastic shreds on the floor. Employees were working with no personal protective equipment and ablution facilities were in an unhygienic condition. The electricity was illegally connected, and they were extracting water from the river for their business operations without a permit.The electricity was illegally connected, and they were extracting water from the river for their business operations without a permit.

They were also discharging wastewater into Allen River, polluting the river and surrounding area with plastic.” The businessman was fined for numerous contraventions by the various departments present including Fire, Health, Water and Sanitation and Pollution Control. 

Lenny Samuel, a Forensic Investigator from the Department of Labour, said they issued a prohibition
notice because of the many life-threatening conditions at the business. “We are of the opinion that there are too many major risks, such as fire, electrical non-compliance and other health and safety non-compliance issues to allow the business to continue to operate, therefore we have decided to shut the business down.” Shireen Mahabeer from the Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs said a criminal case will be opened against the business owner for contravening the national Environmental Management Act and the Wastewater Act.

sohana.singh@durban.gov.za 
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