A multi-stakeholder blitz was held where 37 businesses were inspected to ensure compliance to health and safety regulations. This operation forms part of the City’s efforts to transform the inner city.
THE recent inspection of 37 premises to ensure compliance to business and health and safety regulations was conducted by Municipal units. This resulted in one business being closed, three receiving fines, and 21 undocumented people being arrested by the Metro Police.
Metro Police Spokesperson Colonel Boysie Zungu applauded the multistakeholder compliance and enforcement blitz operation. “We are working to ensure compliance to City by-laws and other government policies and regulations,” said Colonel Zungu. He further provided the following report as conducted by the Metro Police and stakeholders:
Seven businesses were fined with noncompliance notices issued for fire regulations.
One will be investigated for underpaying staff.
19 non-compliant businesses to be investigated by SARS for incomplete documentation.
Three businesses were found to be operating without a business licence. “We can confirm that further investigations will be conducted of businesses that were fined and found to be trading without the proper documentation. We intend to expand these enforcement operations throughout the City,” Zungu added.
The inner-city compliance and enforcement blitz operation was a joint effort with several Municipal units including the Metro Police Service, the Fire Department, Business Licencing, Electricity Department, and the Water and Sanitation Unit. Other stakeholders included Economic Development Department, South African Police Service, South African Revenue Service, Immigration, and the Department of Health.