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Business names on kerbs illegal – Sol

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Several businesses in Kimberley have taken to displaying their names on kerb sides, spaces normally reserved from the display of street names.

Business names on kerbs are illegal. Picture: Danie van der Lith

WHILE Kimberley has seen a sudden surge in the advertising of businesses on city street kerbs, the Sol Plaatje Municipality (SPM) has warned that this remains illegal.

Several businesses in Kimberley have taken to displaying their names on kerb sides, spaces normally reserved from the display of street names.

However, the SPM yesterday stated that the marketing of businesses, or the writing of any unauthorised names of businesses on street paving was illegal and not allowed.

“Anyone engaged in this practice will soon be issued with a fine, based on the tariffs approved by Council and authorised by the prosecution authority of South Africa. These spaces are regulated and no such permission can be granted, as it is deemed a distraction,” SPM spokesperson, Sello Matsie, said.

He added that the fine tariffs in this regard would be made public soon.

Last month, Matsie also indicated that the SPM would be removing illegally-erected sign boards across the city and fining transgressors.

He also explained that, with reference to newspaper (print media) headlines on street pole posters, a legal newspaper pole advertisement was a direct means of communication with its market (headline news only).

“There is no cost for newspapers (print media) to display headline news only.”