New bylaw to beef up action on problem buildings


Problem-buildings bylaw, which will give the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality more control over derelict buildings in the metro, is on track to be implemented in six months’ time.

The municipality will launch a public participation programme next month to get residents’ views on the draft bylaw, which will give the metro more teeth to force landlords to fix their buildings.

Some of the rundown buildings in Port Elizabeth’s Central are being used as hideouts for criminals, prostitutes and drug dealers.

At a human settlements committee meeting on Friday, councillors approved a process plan toward the promulgation of the new bylaw, which could see it finally effected in March.

However, human settlements’ acting executive director Luthando Mabhoza wrote in his report to the committee that the entire process could cost aboutR3-million.

“Current legislation does not provide effective mechanisms for dealing with potentially problematic buildings,” he wrote.

“Most of the challenges which arise from the problem buildings require an integrated approach from various departments within the municipality.”

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