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Illegal businesses targeted for shutdown
​The repair of motor vehicles formed just one of the many
illegal business operations taking place on Eastbury Drive
in Phoenix
​THE City has taken a tough stance on businesses operating illegally. This after it emerged that two Municipal properties located in Eastbury Drive, Phoenix, have been illegally occupied by various businesses that have no authority or permission to conduct their operations.

Sholona Mahabeer from the Environmental Health Unit explained: “This matter has been going on from 2014. Joint investigations by different units including Metro Police, Cleansing and Solid Waste, Building Inspectorate, Land-Use management, DSW Enforcement, Parks Department as well as the South African Police Service revealed that this specific property is subdivided into smaller sites and is alleged to be leased out to various occupants who pay a monthly rental and are illegally trading within these sites.” Chairperson of the Phoenix Enviro- Forum, Sharen Kistnasamy said: “The illegal traders are also conducting their businesses in a DMOSS site, which are sensitive areas with ecosystems that promote biodiversity.

Its misuse can potentially harm existing flora, fauna, aquatic life and birdlife within the surrounding environment.”Anitha Govender from the Phoenix Area Based Management Office explained some of the challenges noted during their various site visits to the area. “We found illegal dumping, water pollution, air pollution, potential fire hazards, poor waste management, oil spillages, rodents breeding, illegal building structures, damage to council servitudes and infrastructure such as roads, storm-water channels and drains.”“The matter has now been re-opened and the City’s legal team are taking the process forward. Their aim is to completely shut down these illegal operations. We also appeal to residents not to support such businesses as they are contributing towards the degradation of City property.”

Further inspections have been conducted by Senior Environmental Health Practitioner Poobalan Gilbert and information will be provided to the working team to assist in the investigation process.

romita.hanuman@durban.gov.za
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