A multi-stakeholder joint operation consisting Rustenburg Local Municipality, Law Enforcement Unit, South African Police Services, National Regulator for Compliance Specifications, Provincial Liquor Regulators and Consumer Affairs conducted a successful operation, which is part of the annual safer festive season campaign.
This operation, follows another joint operation which was conducted last week targeting liquor outlets and trading in the Rustenburg, for general fire safety, Covid-19 and liquor trading compliance. Yesterday’s operation, which continued late into the afternoon, was focusing on illegal electrical connections in business establishment, compliance with liquor trading provisions as well as compliance with consumer standards as the City prepares to official enter into the year-end festivities.
The operation was in Greater Boitekong, focused on price fixing, product quality, hygiene standards and illegal liquor trading. One of the outlets which was inspected in Ramochana was fined R 2500.00 for contravention of municipal by-laws, while the investigations on the electrical connections confirmed no tempering. One of the fast food outlets in Boitekong Mall – Fish and Chips Company, was found to be selling expired food items. Roots Butchery also situated at the mall was found to be selling expired food items to the public and the fire safety standards were found to be non-compliant.
Both stores were charged accordingly while the identified items, were confiscated for disposal in line with the applicable environmental management by-laws. The drainage system at Hungry Lion was found to be a major health hazard as the odour which was to be directed outside has infiltrated the outlet internally in the kitchen area as well as non-compliance with the fire safety standards. One local business in Paardekraal was found to have connected electricity illegally and was fined R 25000.00 and the business was immediately disconnected.
Commenting on the operation, the Member of the Mayoral Committee on Public Safety – Councillor Victoria Makhaula said, with the festive season fast approaching residents needed to ensure that they receive value for money in all their transactions “food poisoning can have disastrous consequences, as such we urge residents to ensure that whatever they consume is safe. As the City, we will not relent to deal with those who are illegally accessing electricity, it is important for residents to remember that services provided by the Municipality need to be paid for, to ensure the financial sustainability of the RLM” she concluded.